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.
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
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.