we had gracie’s art party for her 8th birthday last week, and it was so.much.fun! i wanted everything to be really bright and colorful, so we went with all the colors of the rainbow! i also needed to be very economical since we also hired an art teacher for the party, so the decorations were done on the cheap.
it all started with the balloons – i bought a couple packs from target and 1 from walmart – maybe $5 tops for BIG impact!
and i was so thankful my girls are able to help blow up balloons!
i focused most of my attention on the table since that’s where the girls spent most of their time.
i needed to protect the table since the girls were going to be painting there. i really wanted to use some fabulous yellow chevron fabric here, but also had no intentions of letting paint get spattered on it. i found somewhere to use it, but you’ll have to wait to see that later… so i rolled art paper (from ikea) down each side and taped it under the table lip. the paper down the middle is wrapping paper from target – maybe a few dollars.
i did a really simple centerpiece.
for the vase i just grabbed our colored pencils we already had on hand and hot glued them to a square glass vase. the bright flowers were all cut from our yard. the best part about this is that when the party was over the pencils just popped off the vase and the glue peeled right off.
and just a little art-y touch: our paint brushes plopped in a couple vintage jelly jars.
the whole room – i pulled pillows from the playroom to add brighter pops of color.
lily and i spent a few hours making miles of paper chains. i bought a pad of bright paper from joann’s (on sale, of course), cut it in 1 inch strips, and we stapled away.
i also arranged our crayons into little mason jars in rainbow colors.
whenever i find inexpensive straws, i grab a pack. we use straws a lot at our house. we drink smoothies a few days a week so they are a necessity. beside, drinking from a straw is way more fun!
even the food was rainbow colored! i wanted the girls to get a little heathy food before…
did you add up my total for the decorates? balloons, wrapping paper, and pad of paper = about $15 (if that!). take that, expensive parties! oh wait, i still had to pay for food and the art teacher. nevermind.
stay tuned for the actual party – it was one of my faves. so fun and the girls were all deeeelightful!