I covered the table with two 99 cent vinyl tablecloths and a kraft paper runner (one of my favorite party tricks for a great table). I let my daughter pick out the craft paint colors, with maybe just the teensiest bit of input from me, grabbed a big bag of assorted brushes from Hobby Lobby ($4.00 with my 40% off coupon), spread them out on the table and stuck the brushes in some jam jars. Bam! Cheap and functional decorations. (See my folding chairs peeking in there? SO much better than those ugly grey things!)
For the “display”, I guess is what you would call it, I used art and books from my little one’s bedroom, along with a wood frame and mirror that normally hangs on the wall right above this shelf in the picture. The white canvas was actually going to have something on it (maybe a glittery 4?), but this is what happens when you run out of time, and guess what: who cares?!
Our cake was also in the “easy” category. I just baked a store-bought, Funfetti cake in a bundt pan (dyed purple by request), frosted it with store-bought cream cheese frosting, and went to town with the sprinkles. I had plans for doing this one, but let’s just say if my life ever depends on making a level, round, cake, I’ll be dead. SOOOO not a baker/cake decorator — I feel like that last line should be a rap. She thought it was awesome because it looked like a giant doughnut — winning!
And one word of advice if you’re planning a party like this: go to your grocery store and buy a cheap roll of garbage bags. They make perfect paint aprons and chair covers. I DID inform all of the parents that the kids would be painting, so to dress them accordingly, but it was another measure of keeping stuff a little cleaner and keeping the paint off of my furniture (and precious folding chairs).
We let the art dry while we had cake and ice cream and did a pinata and then everyone got to take their masterpieces home with them.
Do you do a lot of crafty things with your kids? What are your favorite crafty activities with them?