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Monday, April 8, 2013

Rainbow Art Party. Again.

No, you aren't drunk (or are you?), or having an 'elderly moment.' And no, I'm not re-running this old post. Yep, we did, in fact, have another Art Party...two years in a row. But it's what our little birthday girl wanted, and who am I to argue with rainbows and paint?! I was smart enough to let a local art studio do most of the work this time (last year it was at home), but there was no way I was going to miss out on creating all new rainbow decor and treats!

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

I kept the food and drinks simple, with just fruit, a Chick-Fil-A nugget tray, and cake. And of course, used a rainbow color scheme everywhere possible!

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

Who doesn't love a crazy straw in a fizzy drink?! No one, that's who. I used mini plastic paint pails to tie in with the art theme, too. (Supply list at the bottom of this post.)


Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

The tables were already covered with white paper, so we just threw down some colorful tissue confetti for instant decoration.

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

Fruit kabobs required more 'red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple' chanting.

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

There was a fair amount of candy spread throughout the party...the bright colors were just too hard for me to resist.

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

Once the food was ready, it was time for the guests to arrive!

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

I hope I get this reaction when my future grandkids see me! My kids love their Noonie. (Thanks for not passing me that shiny, thick hair gene, Mom.) *sarcasm*

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

Every guest had their own easel, canvas, brushes and paints.

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

The birthday girl had chosen a giraffe as the subject she wanted to paint, so the studio prepared the canvases with a sketch for the kids to use as their guides. Pretty smart, yes?

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

The instructor then took them through the steps of creating the giraffe artwork...telling them which brushes to use, when to switch colors, and how to create the strokes.

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

Even big brother had to get in on the painting.

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

The kids were mesmerized and painted quietly for over an hour! I don't know what was cuter...the paintings, or the artists!

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art 
Party

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art 
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Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art 
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Then it was eating time! I set the table using scrapbook paper as chargers, and simple white plates.

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

My plan was to use fresh flowers, but decided I didn't want to worry about transporting them, or the water spilling on the table. So I used cheap silk flowers in blue mason jars.

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

Along with more confetti and candy.

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party
 
Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

We're so proud of our spunky little miss! How is my baby already seven!?! *gulp*

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

Finally it was time to cut the Rainbow Swirl Cake!

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Swirl Cake

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Swirl Cake

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Swirl Cake

It wasn't a large party, but there wasn't a single piece of cake leftover. Guess it tasted as good as it looked! (Thanks, Mrs. Crocker!)

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

We sent the guests home with little paint cans full of art goodies and colorful gumballs.

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

And of course their giraffe masterpieces!

Hi Sugarplum | Rainbow Art Party

I wouldn't be surprised if next year was Art Party, Round 3! If you've seen my Par-Tay Board on Pinterest, then you know I've got plenty of rainbow ideas left!

Supply List:

Rainbow Color Fruit Drinks ~ Amazon
Crazy Straws ~ Dollar Store
White Plates ~ Dollar Store
Polka Dot Napkins ~ Target
Rainbow Stripe Napkins ~ Ikea
Scrapbook Paper Chargers ~ Michaels
Silk Flowers ~ Dollar Store
Ball Blue Mason Jars ~  just released to celebrate their 100 year anniversary!
Candy Dots ~ Dollar Store
Rainbow Suckers ~ Oriental Trading
Paint Pails ~ Oriental Trading
Rainbow Ribbon ~ Michaels
Gumballs ~ Oriental Trading
Personalized Stickers ~ Invitation Box
Cake Bunting ~ Target
Invitations ~ see them here
Rainbow Swirl Cake ~ see tutorial here
Party Location ~ Let's Art Party 

32 comments:

  1. So bright and colorful! I love it. The simple center pieces with silk flowers was a great idea! Did you and your mom coordinate your outfits on purpose? Haha. At least she passed on the "cute as all get-out" gene.

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  2. So cute! Love those paintings. I bet it was worth having it at an art studio so you didn't have to clean up ;)

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  3. What an amazing party! You should be a party planner! ;) Every single detail looked perfect!

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  4. I love how easy but adorable this is. The perfect mix of DIY + store-bought, etc. And it looks like your sweet thang loved it! PS. Your kids are quite the artistes! Look at those giraffes!

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  5. I am just WOW'ed by this party... so colorful and simple yet creative ideas! Love how all the kids painted the same animal on their canvas, too. You got some amazing photos!

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  6. I love everything about this! Saving the ideas for my girl's 8th birthday:) Thank you for sharing!

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  8. I have seen some beautiful birthday parties in my day for kids, but this has to be the most gorgeous. It also looks like a blast for parents and most importunity KIDS! I am pinning this right now, Cassie. You are amazing :)

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  9. How stinkin' precious!! Those kiddos are adorable!

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  10. What a fun place to have a party! And your photos are incredible!

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  11. So cute! You put this party planner to shame.

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  12. OK I am going to pin the heck out of this post! Awesome job! My son is such an artist and I'm toying with the idea of this kind of party for his November bday...I did do those rainbow fruit skewers at his party last year and they were a hit! Gotta love healthy hors d'ouevres! www.styleoyster.blogspot.com

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  13. It looks like the kids had so much fun! I love all your decorations - the silk flowers in the mason jars are such a great idea. If I were your daughter I'd want a rainbow art party EVERY year! :)
    Sarah

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  14. So so darling, my love. The rainbow theme is just so cute. The kids all look like they had a great time and those giraffes are awesome!

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  15. my friend owns an art studio like that - what a great place to have a party - you slam dunked it again! great job :)

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  16. I'm not even exaggerating when I say this looks like the most fun kid party I've ever seen. You are amazing!

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  17. Such a fun party (again)! Looks like it was simple to put together on your part and the kids had a blast. Love the giraffe paintings!

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  18. This is the cutest party I've ever seen! The rainbows and paintings, it's all perfect! I want a rainbow party!

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  19. Seriuosly, you've outdone yourself. Are you sure you shouldn't be a professional party planner?! Every detail looks perfect, and most importantly, the kids look like they had a blast! Those giraffes are too cute.

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  20. That is the cutest party ever. I loved looking at all of it. My little guy turns 7 this year, and we just sold our house with the pool, so I guess we won't be having a pool party this year. I need to start thinking of new ideas.

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  21. How adorable! Every little detail is so perfect! I especially love the little sodas all lined up. I'm sure your daughter had a blast at her party. Thanks for sharing the details with us, Cassie!

    ~Abby =)

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  22. Oh my gosh, y'all are so cute! Your little artist is so good!!

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  23. Pretty sure I'd enjoy an adult version of this exact same party! Your attention to detail is phenomenal, Cassie.

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  24. What a fun party! All of the little details are amazing. Are you and your mom wearing coordinating outfits? Please tell me yes.

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  25. Casssie! Scrapbook paper as chargers? GENIUS! Everything was just DARLING! (Do you know that I HATE HATE HATE planning birthday parties?) Poor Carter.

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  26. Oh MY GOD -I want a rainbow party, those drinks, that cake :O

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post x

    http://www.thereddutchess.com/

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  27. SUPER mom!!! Love how you coordinated all the colors, what a fun party! My baby turns seven next month, now my wheels are a spinning!
    xo
    Morgan

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  28. This is the cutest party ever! Is there a cut-off age for having rainbow parties because I want one! Your kiddos are adorable!

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  29. TOTALLY drunk over here (it IS past noon, right?).

    Sloan's so lucky to have such a creative mum! I've probably scrolled over each detail (including the shot of your outfit....been staring at your crotch, yep) a million times. You managed to take the rainbow theme in a totally unique direction from last year's party--AMAZING.

    You've got some gorgeous kids there, gal!

    (I remember pinning the heck out of the rainbow party last year...where did this past year go?! Off to pin the heck out of this one.)

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  30. Whaaaaaat???? This is amazing. I'm a big fat failure at b-day parties, so I'm jealous when someone can pull them off without a hitch. :) Dollar store party supplies are the way to go!!!

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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