art party {part 2, art lessons}

for part 1 (all the decorations)  click here.

i forgot to show you the invitations last week – here’s a little instagram pic for you!

when each of the girls arrived, we let them choose their own color smock.  my mom and i made these last minute and i am so happy we did them!  the heart pockets were my favorite detail.

this is such a fun age!  all the girls were all for participating:  from wearing the smocks, to taking silly pictures, to doing the art lesson.  i have a bunch of yardage of this great yellow chevron fabric because i’m going to make my newest nephew’s bedding soon.  i hung it up on a wall in the playroom and let the girls be as goofy as they wanted.  they all had a lot of fun with their little photo shoot!

for the first time ever, i hired out for this party.  and it was soooo worth it!  allysa, the teacher, came in and brought all the supplies and had everything set up for each little artist.  she was so great with each of the girls and encouraged them to be creative with their projects – sea horses!

and of course, there was cake.  i know everyone has done a rainbow cake, but i loved it!  thanks again to jeannett for all your guidance!


  1. 1

    I have been DYING to read about the rest of the party since you posted part1. And it was worth the wait. Looks like so much fun — and so cost-effective! I love it. Happy birthday to your little girl!

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    This is such a great party idea! Im really love the silly photo shoot. That little girl at the bottom in the red smock made me laugh out loud at that face she was making! So funny!!

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    I would love to know how you made the adorable art smocks! They are precious!! What a super cute party :)

  4. 4

    This party is so cute and what a great idea! Love the rainbow smocks to match the rainbow cake. Adorable!!!!

  5. 5

    Oh Wow! What an awesome party!

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    has anyone ever told you that you are amazing! WOW what a grate party. I am jealous!

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    This is perhaps the MOST RAD party I have ever seen for kids. This is like my childhood DREAM birthday party! I can only hope that someday one of my kids is as crazy about art as I am. This is awesome, and you’ve made memories for your daughter that she will treasure always. So so amazing!

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    WOW! That looks like such a fun party! I love the smocks…(and hope you plan to share photos of the bedding you’re making for your nephew, too!)

    Emily from Nap Time Is My Time

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    You are such a fun mom!!!

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    It looks so fun! I can’t wait for my daughter to get a little older so we can so a party like this.

    Would you mind sharing where you got the yellow chevron fabric? I’ve been scheming a project in my mind and I think this fabric would fit the bill.

    : ) Thanks.

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    You pretty much completely ROCK girlfriend.

  12. 12

    Oh my goodness!! My daughter is getting ready to have a Ballet themed party. I know her next choice would be this!! Looks like a BLAST!!

  13. 13

    Aw, LOVE the rainbow smocks Lindsey! Looks like the girls all had so much fun:)

  14. 14

    Love love love this just as much as the decorations!

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    This is amazing! You thought of every little detail. I am thinking of hiring for my daughter’s party this summer. I feel like I never get to enjoy them because I am always coordinating.

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    So glad I came back to check for part 2! Great ideas and what fun for those girls!

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    LOVE the smock idea!!! DId you use a pattern? What kind of art did the girls do? Watercolors?


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    This party is amazing!!

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    Such an amazing cake and colors!! How fun for the girls to have allysa there!

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    What a wonderful party! The fabric background is shear genius my dear, an absolutely artistic and heartfelt way to capture the moment! Thanks so much for sharing your style Lindsey!

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    That looks like so much fun, and the smocks are adorable!

  22. 22

    oh, what a fabulous party!! the cake is awesome!!

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    What a great b day party! I love the Chevron fabric backdrop and the cake and the cute smocks!

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    Love the details!!!! It’s amazing how you carried the rainbow art theme throughout! How did you get the balloons to hang from the ceiling? Tape or tacks?

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    LOVE LOVE LOVE Maybe I have been living under a rock, but that it the first rainbow cake I have seen. I love it!! Can you give some quick details on how you did it?????? (Pretty please) I have to do this for my daughter!!!

    Your kiddos are so lucky to have such an awesome mommy like you!!!

    • 26

      You are the sweetest blogger!!! Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy day to email me! I cannot wait to try one of these cakes for my girlies!

    • 27

      Could you please share with me too? My daughter is turning 8 and wants an art party :) Thanks!!

  26. 28

    Could this be any more fun???? You are too much… in all seriousness, you are giving your children such a gift. Not just fabulous invites or out-of-this-world fun party activities… you are showering them in love, confirming to them they are a gift to you from our heavenly Father! So sweet.

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    Looks like so much fun! And that cake is amazing!

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    That is so cool! I love all of the bold, happy colors. Fun!

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    How awesome this party must have been! If you ever have an adult art party, call me. I’d make a trip up for a party like that. The smocks, the art, ALLYSA!!! How fun! I was not a creative mom, but at least my kids were okay with that. :)

  30. 32

    lindsey, this idea is so fun! i love the art theme!! i may just have to “make” my kids do an art party :)

  31. 33

    sooooo cute linds! love it! and i love that you hired out for an art teacher!

  32. 34

    Love the birthday party idea!! Just to give you a little more encouragement (I know you must get a ton!) I have one of you notebook covers and LOVE it! I get compliments on it all the time! Also, im dying for one of your bloombags! I just never seem to get to your shop when they’re not sold!

    thanks for making such adorable stuff! :)

  33. 35

    What an adorable idea! So cute. I love the theme!

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    I want to come to an art party! What a fun time! I love that your rainbow cake is only frosted in between the layers!

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    I would love info on the rainbow cake, too! Apparently they haven’t made their way to the South yet because I’ve never seen one and we frequent lots of birthday parties! :) Your art party is amazing! I’d love to do that for my son next year.

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    Leigh S. says:

    what a great party. my little 9 year old LOVES art, so this is such a great idea. I also stole your balloon idea for my son’s 4 year birthday last sunday. i did the tape thing before you responded.
    and whats your name on instagram??? mine is crewmom4 if you want to follow.

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    That looks like the best birthday party ever for a little girl! My mom went all-out for a bday party for me as a little girl and I remember it so well. Way to go mama!

    P.S. That sea horse looks just like the one in my new sea life mobile. Did you see it?

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    I don’t know how to make a rainbow cake, but I want to know! Where can I get a recipe? That is so awesome!

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    I love the smocks– did you use a pattern? Thanks for the inspiration– my baby is turning
    7 in October and I am planning an art party for her.


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    That is so great. I love it all! Did you use a pattern for the smocks, or just kinda wing it? I’d love to make one for my son. Thanks for sharing! You have some amazing ideas!

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    Lindsey @HarpersvilleHome says:

    Hi Lindsay! I have stalked these two art party posts for the last few months and must admit (bashfully) that I totally copied your theme and ideas for my daughter’s second birthday. It was a little less structured, I had to do a few things different for toddlers obviously but I still wanted to thank you for sharing this idea (as well as all your other wonderfully creative ones.) They bring GREAT help to the non-creative like myself!! Everyone LOVED it and I continued to reference you and your blog the entire party as credit!! :) My daughter is so into coloring and painting and it was the perfect thing for her. I’m doing a post to recap today so I just wanted to make sure that was ok to link back to you and share all that we did th. My blog is private so I guess you can’t see unless you want to register (I’d like that actually! :) ) but I did want to let you know anyway and thank you here! :) Have a great day!

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    I LOVED this party idea so much I used a lot of your ideas for my daughter’s 4th birthday last weekend. Thank you so much for the inspiration. You are so very talented!!! I’m sharing your blog with everyone =)

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    Lindsey G. says:

    I just wanted to leave you a note to let you know that your post is STILL floating around Pinterest and is still quite popular! Your posts have helped me with my son’s first birthday. Thank you so much!! :)

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    Wow! I absolutely LOVE the smocks!!! Did you use a pattern? You are so incredibly talented!! What a wonderful party–Corinne

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    This is the cutest artist party. My daughter (turning 7 next month) and I were walking through the craft section at Walmart when we thought of having an artist party. Your ideas are fabulous! I, too, am wondering about the smocks you made. I would love to see a post for this. It looks pretty simple, but I am challenged! Thank you so much for posting this party!!!!!!!!

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    I loved all your touches – especially the smocks! We are having an art party for my daughter’s 7th birthday in a few weeks and I would LOVE to know how you made them!

    • 49

      thanks jen! i actually just mocked a pattern from a shirt of my daughter’s and lengthened it, so i don’t really have a good explanation of how to do it – sorry! hope your party is great!

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