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April 14, 2014

Last week, Lila turned two.  This weekend, we rolled up our sleeves, prepared to get messy, and welcomed a pack of two-year-olds into our house to create some art:

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I ordered the invitations from—aren’t they cute?!

We tossed around a few different party ideas before settling on the idea of an art party.  Lila is in a major art-loving phase right now, so I knew she would be into it.  I also liked the idea of having an activity to center the party around, and because her birthday is in mid-April, I hoped that we’d luck out on the weather and get sunshine…and we definitely did!

As you can see from the invitation, we warned our guests ahead of time about what we had planned, so all of the kids (and adults!) came in appropriate clothing.

Each kid got their own big canvas to paint, and we set up a paint station with tons of paint, brushes, sponges, water buckets, and paper towels:


…plus an encouraging sign.

I know it looks like a lot of stuff—and it was! But, when we decided on this party theme a few months back, our nanny tipped me off to the Hobby Lobby app—you put it on your phone, and they tell you about all of the deals/discounts that are available from week to week.  Plus, every single day, you have a 40% coupon that you can use on almost any item.  The canvases that we got for the kids were all buy one get one free, and combining that with other deals and the 40% off coupon meant that buying the supplies wasn’t too expensive.  Plus, we have a lot left over for future projects with Lila.

We set down drop cloths in the backyard, and when the kids arrived, they all got busy painting their canvases.  I told the other parents about a Pinterest idea I’d seen where you outline the kid’s initials (or first letter of their first name, or their entire name, etc.) with painting tape so that the kid can paint around it and when you peel the tape off, they have a customized piece of art.  Pretty cool idea!

Here are some pictures of our little artists in action:


So. Much. Fun.

My biggest worry with this party was that two was too young, and that the kids wouldn’t really get into the painting.  But they totally did—they loved it! It was so fun watching all of them create their art together.

As I said, we really lucked out on the weather.  It was sunny and 75, so we were outside the whole time.  We had about 15 kids total, and they all kind of went back and forth from painting, to playing in the backyard, to painting again.  Having the party all outside meant that our house stayed nice and clean—not a big deal, but it is kind of nice to not have your house wrecked by a posse of wild toddlers.

In the end, their paintings looked great:


And indeed, the kids did get messy.  In fact, someone ended up blowing out her birthday candles in the buff:


…which I think is the sign of a great party.

We kept the food simple—pizza, fruit salad, and goldfish.  But I am pretty proud of our favors:


…which my mom really helped me with.  If she hadn’t been around to help, I probably would have just given each kid a crayon or something, ha.

We found this stuff, again, at Hobby Lobby.  Little multi-colored buckets (paint pails?), filled with crayons, paint, a paint brush, noise-maker, and m&m’s.

And that, my friends, is our art party!  It really was a lot of fun—if you’re trying to come up with a good birthday idea for a little one, I’d recommend this one!

Hope you had a great weekend!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2014 12:31 pm

    I love it! Glad the weather worked out for you.

  2. ash_and_witty permalink
    April 14, 2014 1:11 pm

    I like the dad chilling with a beer in the picture.

    I love this idea and those gift bags rock. Do you do birthday parties for 29 year old women? 🙂

  3. April 15, 2014 3:17 am

    Best birthday idea ever!

  4. April 15, 2014 10:59 am

    What a fantastic party!!! Happy Birthday Lila!!

  5. ginger635 permalink
    April 16, 2014 12:07 pm

    Yes, it was a great party, and fun for the adults as well as the kids. I loved it that Lila had such a good time that she asked the next morning if we were having friends over! You know we went to a party like this (not nearly as cute but the same idea) years ago, for adults. It was really fun. An idea to keep in mind! Thanks again for letting us participate in all of this; I love being a grandparent!

    • April 17, 2014 6:57 pm

      Thank you for coming!! I know it made her party more special to have Honey and CooCoo there. 🙂

  6. April 17, 2014 12:02 am

    That is such a great idea! Also – I love that you asked people not to bring gifts. Do you think you will keep that tradition going?

    • April 17, 2014 6:56 pm

      Yeah, I like doing that too– I mean, kids have SO much stuff! Lila definitely didn’t need any more toys to make her birthday special! That being said, once she gets into school years, I don’t want to force her to have a “present-less” birthday if all of her friends are doing presents. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. But I think it’s great during these early years, where birthdays don’t really register with them anyway, haha.

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