Invitations, Decorations, Activities & Favors
Color your birthday child happy with a celebration of creativity. Budding artists will make this an event to remember. In the invitation, or at the time of the RSVPs, ask guests to bring a smock or paint shirt. Let the kids draw on their imaginations and you'll send them home with a masterpiece or two.
"Artist at Heart" Invite
This year for my son's fifth birthday, we used one of his drawings for the invitation. We reduced the picture, copied it on a color copier to fit the front of basic card stock and spray mounted it. We've never received so many compliments on a birthday invitation before! -- Taryn
- Set up some "blank canvases" for kids to adorn. Put an old white sheet on the table and spread a roll of paper on the ground or along a fence or interior wall. The kids can decorate these during the party.
- Cluster art supplies: paint bottles in baskets, brushes or makers in cans.
- Have the kids use sidewalk chalk to draw on the driveway or patio.
- Ask each child to decorate a designated portion of the tablecloth with handprints, foam stamps, etc. Spin in the dryer for 10 minutes to heat-set the paint.
Tuck a few art supplies into each self-portrait folder. Consider a pad of paper and a few colored pencils, a jigsaw puzzle you've made by cutting apart a large postcard, or a few pieces of origami paper with a photocopy of an instruction sheet.