Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Art Birthday Party

This past weekend my daughter turned 7.  She is very creative and loves to draw so we decided to throw her an art party.


I turned our dining room into an art studio.  

At each place setting is an apron, canvas, and brushes.

I made a balloon garland for colors above.

I kept white as the background for everything so all the food and decorations would add the fun colors.  For the food table I hung a white plastic tablecloth on the wall and added colorful paper fans that I made from scrapbook paper.  We kept the food simple with pizza, fruit skewers, and popcorn.

I made the cake with the help of my daughter.  She was excited for this one.  We used candy sheet dots to decorate it.  The cake bunting is a printable from here.

The paper cones for the popcorn is simply colored paper rolled and taped together.

I thought the fruit skewers added a fun colorful touch to the table and different than the usual fruit platter.  They were a hit with the kids.  They thought it was fun to eat fruit from a stick.  The utensil holders are cans wrapped in colored paper.

The pink lemonade was served in milk bottles with colored paper straws.


For the main activity, the girls painted canvases.  My daughter chose a heart design.  I drew a heart onto each canvas for them to start with and gave them a model to look at for inspiration.  When I showed them the picture, they each said how hard it would be to do.

My daughter hard at work.

It was fun to see the process each child took to create their painting.  They all turned out great and unique in their own way.

After each girl was done painting, it was on to frames.  I picked up a pack of foam frames from Walmart.  Each girl got to decorate her own frame to take home.

Then it was food time.  I found a roll of pink striped wrapping paper and cut it into placemats.  It added some color to the table and I could just place it on top of the paint mess without trying to clean the table.  They thought it was fun to drink from the fancy glass bottles and colorful straws.

The cake turned out to be a success.  The kids loved the bright rainbow inside.  I was bracing myself because I wasn't sure how it would turn out.  I'm pretty proud of myself for trying something different and not just buying cupcakes from the store.  This made it more special for my daughter, especially since she helped.

Each guest took home a favor bag filled with goodies.  I designed a tag for the front and my daughter taped them on.

My daughter and her friends really had a good time at the party.  It wasn't hard to put everything together but I stressed myself about some things that probably wasn't a big deal.  It was so worth the effort to make my daughter happy and enjoy her big day.

Canvases: Walmart
Paint: Michaels
Brushes: Dollar Tree
Aprons: Ebay
Foam frame kit: Walmart
Paper straws: Walmart
Favor bags: Party City

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Art Party Planning

My daughter turns 7 this weekend.  I have been in full planning mode.  She decided she wanted an art party.  I was so excited to start planning.

I put together a board of art party ideas.

5. Paint

She's so excited and I'm hoping I have everything done in time!

Have a Happy 4th!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Metal Bar Stools

It's funny how when you buy something you tend to notice it wherever you go.  This is happening to me with my kitchen bar stools.  I see them everywhere.  

I wanted to share a few sources with you in case you were in the market for some of your own.

This is the set I scored last year from Target.  There is some distressing in the silver color so it looks more industrial.  It comes in four other colors.  A set of two ranges from $71-95.

Every time I go in Walmart, I notice these.  They are more silver than the set from Target.  They also come in a bright red color for fun.  They come in at $39.97 for one.


If you've ever been to At Home, you will love it.  They have lots of home decor for reasonable prices.  They always have a good supply of these bar stools.  They are around $40 a piece.


I tend to always check Overstock when shopping online.  They are competitive with a wide range of colors and prices from $75 a pair to $125.


I found this online store Retro Furnish that has many color options and finishes.  I would love to grab a few from them in blue but at $55 is a little more than I wanted to spend.

Remember to check what height you need when buying.  There are shorter counter height stools and taller bar height stools.


It's simple to do a quick search online.  There are lots of retailers out there with different price points and colors to suit your needs.

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