Art Birthday Party

Art Birthday Party ~ Creative Art Stations and Decorations

Annika’s Art Birthday Party was a huge success!  She has a love for all things art related, so an Art Birthday Party was the perfect choice for her and all her little friends.  They all loved creating together.

Art Birthday Party ~ creative art stations and decorations


Color Wheel Ceiling

Art Birthday Party ~ creative art stations and decorations

The color wheel ceiling was dramatic when you first walked in the door.  I love how it instantly brightens the space.  It created a large impact for very little money, which I love.  You can read about how we created our Color Wheel Ceiling here.  It was a bit time consuming to create, but it could easily translate into a number of different party themes.

Art Birthday Party ~ creative art stations and decorations

Colorful frames seemed like the perfect decoration for an art party.  Annika chose all the bright colors, I love the statement they created in our dining room.  The dinning room was painted a very dark red a number of years ago.  We will be removing the plaster walls and installing new drywall in a few weeks.  This small remodel is perfect timing for party decorating since I don’t have to be concerned about holes in the walls or if I love the new paint color.  It is all changing soon.  With that in mind, I decided to paint a white rectangle on the wall creating the perfect back drop for all the colorful frames.  (My wonderful hubby did the painting for me.  I love it that he goes along with all my crazy plans!)

Art Birthday Party ~ creative art stations and decorations

Art Party Decorations

The flowers were placed in glass bottles filled with colored water.  The simple experiment of color changing flowers never ceases to amaze me:) It is so easy to do and creates the perfect backdrop for our little art party.  We also used paint chips (that we picked up at our local hardware store) to line the table.  I also cut a few of the paint chips into flowers and  scattered them around like giant confetti.  To continue with our frugal theme, we filled numerous jars with art supplies we already had on hand.

Art Birthday Party ~ creative art stations and decorations

We have a budding little seamstress in our house.  Bree (who is 6) sewed all the dots and paint chips together into long strips.  They were the perfect furgal solution for draping throughout the house.  I love it!  We also covered old paint cans and chip brushes in bright paper to create a display in the entry way.


Art Birthday Party ~ creative art stations and decorations


The wreath was created using more paint chips,  I love the little paint chip flowers.  No place was left untouched, I even attacked above the art armoire.  Again I used more sewn dots, a paint chip color burst and a vase covered in markers.

Art Birthday Party ~ creative art stations and decorations

Annika had a gallery wall of a few of her master pieces.  To find out how we created the sweet spring tree and pour painting click on the links.  I also love her version of Kandinsky’s Concentric Circles.  All pieces are easy to create and what better time to show off your art work than at your own art party:)

Art Birthday Party ~ creative art stations and decorations

I wanted a special keepsake for Annika painted by all her friends, so I drew a quick sketch of flowers on mat board and divided it 12 equal sections.  The kids each painted one section of the painting.  This is a super cute idea.  One painting that all her friends helped create that can be hung in her room.  The easel was set up in the corner of the living room, it was super cute watching them paint under the color wheel ceiling.

Art Stations for an Art Birthday Party

Art Birthday Party ~ creative art stations and decorations

The kids loved all the few painting stations that I set up outside.  The kids loved bubble painting, marble painting and creating spin art.  I had one helper at each station which worked great.  Notice all the paint filled egg cartons, they make the perfect paint pallet.

SInce we had so many little hands creating art work at the same time, I needed a simple drying rack that could house everything.  I was surprised how easy our outdoor art clothes line worked.  It made a perfect spot to dry the art work, but also added a fun pop of color.  The kids art work looked so great all strung up waving in the breeze.

Art Birthday Party ~ creative art stations and decorations

I also hung a sewn string of colorful pendants around the porch.  Who knew leftover Easter Egg Dye and a bunch of old school computer paper (the kind with the holes up the side) would create such beautiful pendants.  I love all the bright colors.

Art Birthday Party ~ creative art stations and decorations

Annika wanted a colorful rainbow cake like all the ones we saw around St. Patrick’s Day.  It was really easy to create, although I will worn you, with all the layers it can get a bit tall.  As I was putting it together, I realized I should have used less batter in each layer.  I really so love the over sized statment it made, but next time I will make sure not to use 2 cups of batter for each color.  One problem that we ran into because of the size was how to serve it.  The cake was simply too big for regular plates so a friend suggested that we serve it on card stock.  I really love the idea, it is an art party after all!  I also served white grape juice with purple grape juice ice cubes.  The ice cubes melted fast, but they did create a fun color effect as they melted into the white grape juice.

Kid Painted Wall Mural


Art Birthday Party ~ creative art stations and decorations

The favorite activity of the party was the master piece art wall.  Like I mentioned before, our plaster walls are being demolished soon, so it was a perfect time to create a giant canvas for the kids to paint.  It took a few coats of a stain blocking paint to cover the deep red, but it was totally worth it.  I then painted a simple frame, a large flower and Happy Birthday Annika to begin the mural.  The kids did the rest.

Art Birthday Party ~ creative art stations and decorations

They enjoyed all the stations, but kept coming back to this one.  I think that being able to paint on a wall which is normally discouraged, and having such a large area to work on was a real draw for the kids.  They each had half of an egg carton that they used as their painting pallet.  There were numerous colors of craft acrylics that the kids could choose from.  The colors got a bit muddy since there was not real good way to have them rinse out their brushes between colors.  I LOVE the wall and I am going to have a hard time when we have to demolish all their hard work to put up the new drywall.  This would be such a fun idea for a play room, always changing art work.

Art Birthday Party ~ creative art stations and decorations

I saw the idea of using a frame to take pictures at a wedding and I loved it.  Such fun memories, and I love that you can see some of the kids hard work behind the girls.

Art Birthday Party ~ creative art stations and decorations

For party favors, the girls took home all the art work they created as well a cute little paint chip notebooks, I included a pencil and some gel pens.  The paint chip notebooks were super simple to create.  All you need is paper cut to the size of your paint chip and padding paste.  They turned out so cute!

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55 thoughts on “Art Birthday Party

  1. That looks like the best party EVER. You have come up with a huge load of awesomeness there, and I swear I would have loved to be a guest. Hey, I’m only 32! All those colours make me happy, and the sweet birthday girl, I am sure, had the time of her life. I am really inspired by her circle art, that’s something I’d love to work with one way or another.

  2. this is like the queen of rainbow art birthday parties!!! amazing! i am LOVING your streamer ceiling decoration! i think i’d have a hard time taking that one down so it’d probably become a permanent fixture in my home. we had a rainbow art party in january for my 4 year old with a similar (TALL) cake. even though i made each layer very thin, it still didn’t fit in our cake taker to bring to the party location so i had to build a box for it. check out some of our colorful art party moments on our blog. happy over the rainbow birthday!!!

  3. What an amazing party! So beautiful and creative! The streamers are great. What a lot of work she put into all of those! And your clothesline for hanging art is lovely too. I want to create something like that for regular use at my home but I’m not sure where yet. Thank you so much for sharing this on It’s Playtime!

  4. What a WONDERFUL party! So many great ideas. And half an egg carton as a paint palette – GENIUS!

    I’m bookmarking this for my daughter’s birthday next year. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. this is so cute and such great ideas. what a wonderful way to share you happiness and ideas with others. there are probably a lot of moms out there who are going to use your inspiration for recreating such a beautiful and fun day. this would even be great for an end of school year party or a summer sleep over or something like that. you did a great job on all of your decorations. I love the picture frame idea for the party pic’s.

  6. What an amazing party! I loved so many of your ideas that I HAD to pin them to my pinterest boards. That rainbow ceiling display is amazing! And I loved how you let the kids draw on the walls. i hope you took ALOT of pictures of that before your walls went down. It was such a great idea and turned out so beautiful!

  7. I have come over from Messy Kids where I saw the pour painting your daughter did – what a beautiful masterpiece.

    I have ooohed and aaahed my way through this party post. What a memorable party for all of the guests and your birthday girl. So creative and so fun!

  8. Oh wow, I love everything about this party esp the coloured water in the flower vases (did the flowers change colour after a while?), the paint chip details are soo cute and I love your drying area.

    I am having an arty themed crafternoon playdate for my son and his little friends soon, so will definitely be coming back for inspiration.

    Blue Skies,
    Charlotte xo

  9. WOW WOW WOW! Everything about this party is wonderful. It’s so bright and colorful and happy I just love every inch of it! Excellent job.

  10. Wow, you weren’t kidding about the streamers giving impact! It may not have been expensive or difficult, but I bet it took you a bit of time to get them up there and looking so pretty.

    I did an art party for my daughter a few years ago-she loved it (although mine didn’t look as nice as yours!). I also made a rainbow cake like that for St. patricks day this year :) Lots of fun with color. . .

  11. This party would have been my dream come true as a child! (maybe still as an adult haha) I love your blog – I will probably be gathering some inspiration from you for kindergarten!

  12. So many great ideas! The streamers are fabulous… I definitely would’ve left them up in my house for days after… the paint chip notebook is such a fun favor, and what a great idea to hang the artwork to dry! Awesome job!

  13. This looks like such an amazing party! I love the theme and all of the carefully chosen decorations.. they all make a statement! What a lucky little girl and what a brilliant Mommy for coming up with the idea! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

  14. Found you via Cherished Bliss. What an amazing birthday party!!!! LOVE that cake! LOVE the colors! OMG!!!! i wish I could have attended the party! :)

  15. Tamy – This is such a fun party idea. I just adore the streamers – very cool! Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party – I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this Sunday. Have a wonderful week.
    ~ Stephanie Lynn

  16. So many great ideas. I’m doing a Wizard of Oz for my littles next month and I think I’m going to have to try a rainbow color wheel. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  20. I am opening a children’s art studio this weekend and for my Grand Opening I am going to do the crepe paper color wheel on the ceiling. It’s perfect! Thanks for the idea!

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  23. WOW, This is amazing! :D These are great ideas, and I’m planning on using the color ceiling wheel, circle dot wall danglings, and flowers to decorate my room :D

    But first, I’m going to need to buy some streamers :D

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  26. Thanks you so much for sharing this. I’m not so crafty but I was able to use a bunch of your ideas and had a really fun party for my daughter; wouldn’t have been so wonderful without these ideas. :)

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