How to Throw the Perfect Paint Party

Follow these strokes of genius to get kids celebrating. 

Kids At Table Painting Arts and Crafts Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Get the Word Out

Paper invites are a time suck, but emailing the info feels too adult. Compromise: Write details on one of your child’s watercolors, then email it as a PDF. 

Spiff Up Your Place

Have your kid paint plain party supplies, like white paper cups and treat bags, with water-based paint, says Jennifer Lula, of jenloveskev.com. Fill your home with a rainbow of balloons. Finally, create a banner by stringing together paint chips from the hardware store.

Ready, Set, Paint!

Set up easels and canvases (Small Tabletop Easel, $50 for 12, and Canvas Panels, $12 for 12) on a table for each child. On a budget? Trade canvases for cardboard prepainted with white primer, says party planner Brynn Swanson. 

Create Collages

For this station, lay out tissue paper, cardstock, and glue. Finger-paints are great here too!

Play an Artsy Game

Stack three white cardboard boxes in size order so they look like a tiered cake, suggests Meri Cherry, a children’s art studio owner. Four teams of kids can each decorate a side with paint, markers, and more. Set a timer and see which team fills in its side first. 

Decorate Dessert

Place cupcakes on plastic art palettes ($8 for 12), fill the wells with sprinkles, and let kids garnish their treat. Tip: Frost just beforehand—sprinkles stick best to fresh frosting.

Give a Goody Bag

Besides their artwork, send kids off with chalk, stamps, or crayons—just tuck goodies into mini metal paint pails ($8 for six).