Birthday Party: Painting Party
For our baby girl’s first birthday party, we had the sweetest “This Little Piggy Went to Market” birthday brunch. Later that evening, we celebrated our boys’ birthdays with a casual cookout and a painting party!
If you have kids with birthdays close together…and your family all lives out of town like ours does, I highly recommend one big day of birthday celebrating with family! Next year, it’s back to one theme for the day…and yes, I’ve already chosen the theme (and started a secret Pinterest board!). 😉 We just did things a little differently this year because baby girl was turning the big O-N-E!
**Small frog canvases were found at Wal-mart.
**Small art easels were found at Hobby Lobby. Thank you 40% off coupon every.single.time!
**Grill Serving Dishes found at a yard sale.
Birthday Party Invitations
I created the invites with Courtney from Anderson Custom Designs. She does an amazing job breathing life in to my ideas!
Color Coordinating Address Labels were created here.
On the Menu:
- Hot Dogs
- Chips & Dip
- Sweet Treats
Quick Tips for Birthday Party Planning:
Quick Tip #1: The week of the birthday party, I place a pickup order with Sam’s Club. This makes it easy to drive thru and pick up all of the food I’m going to need for the party.
Quick Tip #2: The day before the birthday party, I go ahead and start setting up the decorations. This usually happens during a nap time or one evening after my kiddos’ bedtime – I like to be able to give myself time to think through everything.
Quick Tip #3: All that’s left to do the morning of the birthday party is set out the food. This is usually just a matter of opening containers and setting everything out on serving dishes.
Like these amazing paint palette cookies by Donna with Poppers Right Sized Bites: She heat sealed them for freshness, and then delivered them to my door a couple of days before the party.
I love being creative and putting together sweet parties for my little ones, but I also like to think of resourceful ways to make it possible for me to actually be present and enjoy the time with our family. After all, that’s the most important part.
Whenever I put together birthday party decor, I like to wrap empty boxes and use them to give the decorations some height. This is a really inexpensive way to make everything pop! Leading up to the big day, I typically save a few Amazon Prime boxes (Diaper boxes work well, too!) and then I use a pretty roll of wrapping paper (something that matches my theme/color scheme) to wrap the large boxes. Have you ever tried any of the gift wrap from Home Goods? It is usually priced at $2.99, and the quality can’t be beat! For this particular party, I used this colorful polka-dotted wrapping paper I had found in the dollar spot at Target.
This larger paint palette embellishment was also created by Courtney from Anderson Custom Designs.
When it came to the decorations, I let my boys’ favorite colors be my guide. Caleb’s favorite color is orange, and Isaac’s favorite color is blue, so orange and blue balloons were a must,
and then I also filled little buckets with items I had found while keeping my eyes open for the past several months: orange and blue flashlights, orange and blue yo-yos, orange and blue calculators, orange and blue paint, orange and blue bubbles, orange and blue googly eyes, etc.
The buckets and the googly eyes came from Party City, and I’m not sure which was the favorite…the googly eyes or the calculators!
Other “Painting Party” Gift Ideas:
- Melissa & Doug Drop Cloth
- Melissa & Doug Paint Cups
- Crayola Kid’s Paint
- Melissa & Doug Jumbo Watercolors
- Melissa & Doug Jumbo Paint Brushes
- Funky Texture Brushes by Alex
- On-the-Go Water Wow Books by Melissa & Doug
- Paint with Water Books
My mom always knocks it out of the park with her gift wrap ideas!
Every year, she is eager to receive the kids’ party invites, because then she FINALLY knows the theme…for gift wrapping purposes, of course.
While everyone spent time hanging out that evening, the boys enjoyed a few art activities. I had gifted them with all things Crayola, and they got busy painting…
By the end of the day, we were ready to relax, and the down time was the perfect way to wrap up a full day of celebrating!