For my daughter’s 6th birthday party, we tried something a bit different – and LOVED it. We hosted a Painting Themed Birthday Party.
Now, to be brutally honest, we held it at a local pottery place.
There were many advantages to hosting it away from home:
- Very little set-up to do when we arrived
- No clean-up (LOVED THIS)
- They provide all the supplies needed (except for food) – pottery, paint, brushes, etc.
- The goodie bag gifts for kids are really the finished product (although we did add something)
IF you keep your guest list small, I think you’ll find you won’t spend any more than you would if you held the same type of party at home (maybe even less). We had 8 children – it was just the right size.
To make things easy, we pre-selected pottery pieces in our price range to reduce the decison-making needed the day of the party. We also pre-selected paint colors to make it easy at the table while painting. We made sure to have several options for both boys and girls. Most of the girls loved the flower piggy banks we picked out.
While the experience and finished pottery was certainly enough of a “goodie bag”, we knew that kids wouldn’t get to leave with anything that day. It does take about a week to get the pottery fired and completed. So, we opted to hand out paints for our goodie gifts – inexpensive and needed for many on their school supply list anyway.
It was a painting party, right?
So, why not paint the food too? 🙂
I made a 3-tiered mini size birthday cake for the birthday girl out of Rice Krispie Treats.
Once all the craft painting was done, we cleaned up and it was time to do a second round of painting.
Guests were provided a single layer flower-shaped Rice Krispie treat to paint as well.
Here was the fun part – PAINTING their own dessert!
For the paint palette, we had the following options:
- Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
- Caramel Syrup (we couldn’t find the strawberry at our store)
- Edible food gels – in variety of colors
NOTE: I thought about frosting, but the gel was much easier to use with a paint brush.
Yes, we bought paintbrushes just for the desserts!
To make the treats for painting, we bought a 2 pound Rice Krispies Rectangle package – pre-made, softer than homemade, and large enough to use with my larger cookie cutters.
WHERE TO BUY: Walmart has these 2 pound Kellogg’s packages, but you’ll have to call ahead or ask the bakery staff. They do not typically have these out on the floor, but in the back storeroom.
You can also find them On AMAZON – Rice Krispies Treats The Original Supersheet, 32-Ounce Package.
Someone couldn’t have been more excited for her special birthday cake – so unique!
And then it was time to paint them!
So fun – we’d definitely do this again!