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.
Fashion a painter's palette cut from manila folders. Glue on blobs of construction paper "paint" in assorted colors and add the necessary information.
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.
This clever cake is a cinch to make and sure to delight your pint-size artist. We chose the color purple, but you can opt for your child's favorite shade simply by switching the food coloring.
Prep and decorating time: 2 hours
Bake time: 1 hour
Yield: 10 to 12 servings
34- to 39-ounce coffee can, empty
Adapted from The Parents Party Book: Fun and Fabulous Theme Birthday Parties for Children 2 to 8 Years Old by the Editors of Parents Magazine. Golden Books, New York. Recipe Reprinted with permission from the May 2000 issue of Parents Magazine.