{deposit} an artfully designed birthday

It’s time to open the PIGGY BANK
for another DEPOSIT from Kelly of
I “met” Kelly during one of the Children’s Party Network chats a few months ago. I was thrilled when she sent over her party deposit. Here’s what Kelly had to say about her party…
We recently celebrated my son’s sixth birthday party. He had 5 of his friends over for an art party on Saturday afternoon, then the artistic theme continued with a fun day with family on Sunday. It was a really fun theme to work with! Everyone seemed to enjoy the parties….but most importatly Caleb thought it was just awesome. We wanted to share some photos of his parites, in hopes that someone else would be inspired to have an art-themed party of their own!

It all started with one adorable, creative and EXCITED birthday boy:

 The theme was his idea. He came up with suggestions for decorations, activities and food. Of course, I had a few surprises for him…but he was a big part of planning and creating his party (just as it should be!).

Some simple invitations and thank you notes designed on Zazzle.com:

A welcoming banner painted by the birthday boy himself, a chandelier of tissue poms and a balloon centerpiece (Art billboard by The Purple Pug).
Of course there was a snack table! Obviously color was a big part of the theme! Goodies included: rainbow colored Goldfish, M&Ms, Skittles, pretzel rods, edible crayons (pretzel rods dipped in candy melts, wrapped with crayon paper), fruit kabobs, water and Switch Sparkling Fruit Juice (My new fav! Colorful cans and no added sugars or artificial colors.)
I made flags for the straws with famous quotes about art. The kids had a chance to get creative while decorating their own cupcake and the mini cherry pies were served at the family party (along with the colorful cake below!).
Each child recieved an art kit and bookmark. They ended up being the most economical favors I’ve ever handed out….yet they are actually useable!! How often do our kids come home from parties with goody bags of junk that ends up right in the trash? I didn’t want to do that…but didn’t want to spend a fortune on them either.
The bookmarks are made from Duron paint chips…obviously, they were free. The art kits were at Michael’s around Christmas time for $2.99! A steal! I wrapped them in colored paper, tied on a ribbon and two tags. One tag was a thank you message from Caleb and the other a quote from Picasso that said, “Every child is an artist.”
The big thrill for Caleb at the family party was his cake. He had great fun helping me make the cake batter. He measured all of the ingredients, added all of the food coloring and cracked all the eggs!
The bunting for the cake stand was made from paint chips (I love paint chips!) cut into flags and taped to the glass, then I covered the taped edges with the black polka dot ribbon. The cake was inspired by the rainbow cake over at One Charming Party.
The recipe for the icing, aptly named, “That’s the Best Frosting I’ve Ever Had,” is from The Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen Blog. And let me tell ya….it’s named that for a reason. I’m not a big icing eater…but the whipped-cream like frosting was DIVINE!! We opted for fudge frosting in between the layers because we thought the chocolate would be a nice touch (plus I think it helps the over all color-effect!).
The cake was topped off with a perfectly adorable cake billboard from glittery gal Kristy over at The Purple Pug. These should be showing up in her online store soon. Caleb enjoyed tricking the guests by telling them, “My cake is soooo white and booooring!” He LOVED the “oohs” and “ahhs” as I cut in to it.
It really was great fun to plan this party…and great fun to attend it! Can’t wait to see what Caleb comes up with next year!

I love that Kelly involved Caleb in the planning and execution of his birthday party. I adore the banner he painted to welcome his guests. A Masterpiece!

I wanted to get to know Kelly a bit better. Here’s my lil’ interview with her…

Do you do this as a full- or part-time job or is it just for fun? Right now, I only do children’s parties for family and friends (and a few friends of friends!). I’m a special events decorator/floral designer at Romance of Flowers in Baltimore, but I don’t own the business. We do mostly high-end weddings, and some corporate stuff…but not children’s events. That being said, I’m trying to take more photos now and keep a better portfolio, as well as building some relationships within the children’s party business in case I ever decide to venture in to this with both feet!

How did you get started? I’ve always loved to plan and style events. Before becoming a floral designer I had a 12 year career in the film business as a set dresser/prop stylist. I guess now that I create mostly “grown up” events professionally, I look for as many opportunities to do stuff for the kiddos as possible. I love working with a theme. My first kids party was when my oldest son turned one—-I was hooked after that!
What penny pinching ideas/tips went into your event? There were several art related activities.
  • Caleb wanted to play bingo, so I created an art themed bingo sheet using Picasa. (FREE!)
  • I found coloring sheets of famous masterpieces at SuperColoring.com. They had everything from Matisse to Andy Warhol! (FREE!)
  • We drew self portraits. The kids enjoyed studying the shapes of their heads, eyes and noses in their hand-held mirrors!
  • The kids also painted their own lizard toy (we needed one messy activity!). ($1 each from Michael’s)
  • Caleb came up with the idea of Freeze Drawing. Much like the traditional party game Freeze Dance, but–you guessed it–they drew! Actually, they ended up in a free-for-all dance by the end of the game…..they just couldn’t contain themselves when Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” came on!!
  • Total cost of all party activities $1 per child
I hope your INSPIRED by Kelly’s party!
It reminds me that you don’t need to spend a lot of pennies
to create and very special birthday celebration!
I’m off to pull out my paint set and find my inner Monet!
Stay tuned to Oink! for more inspiration…

About Hank

I'm Hank, the Piggy Bank Parties' mascot, and all around fun pig. My favorite movie is "Babe," my favorite song is "This Little Piggy Went to Market" and my favorite book is "Charlotte's Web".

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