Well here it is, my first official post!
After months and months of contemplating a blog, I finally decided to move forward. All the thanks to my cousin Andrew Siphavong, who helped me tirelessly with building this site and dealing with my indecisions lol. I also thank my fellow blogging mom, Stephanie, from Spanglishspoon. She has great recipes and tips on her website, go check it out! She was so helpful in getting me started and helped me take this to the finish line!
I always allow my kids to choose their own party theme because it is their party after all. I’ve learned that as my kids grow and evolve, my party styling also does the same. My daughter, Avery, loves to bake and craft with me, and this year, she decided she is “too old” to have a character or “little kids” party. She also has had a rainbow, My Little Pony party 2 years ago, so what she chose was an Art Party that “IS NOT rainbow mommy!!!!” So……here is a non-rainbow, big girl, art party:
She loves water color, so we scoured etsy and found a template we liked but made a few changes. PetitePaperGoods was so easy to work with. She made some font and color changes for us and voila, Avery’s invite:
The invite always sets the tone for the party, so we used this as inspiration for the decor and desserts. We chose to make chocolate dipped rice krispies treats in popsicle sticks to resemble paint brushes, macarons that I ordered but airbrushed to mimic the water color theme, colorful jello mini paint buckets, and marbled cake pops:
In addition to our candy-filled paint buckets, we also offered an m&m bar that mimiced a paint palette. I found this table on sale at Hobby Lobby a couple months ago and was inspired to incorporate it somehow since it looks like a paint palette. We decided to adorn it with jars filled with her party colors and added paint brush sugar cookies
I purchased a roll of art paper and knew I wanted to hang it up as the backdrop. My talented cousin Sonia made that amazing backdrop for me- all the heart eyes!!!! She has done other backdrops and art work for me as well, and she is so talented!
I also wanted to think outside of the box for a banner. I mean, the backdrop already had the birthday girl’s name, and the cake had her age, so I thought of dipping craft paint brushes into different colored paint and letting them dry out and string it through a fishing line to make a “banner”.
Same for the buffet labels, I truly wanted to capture the “art studio” theme, and I didn’t want to just make paper labels, so I found some mini wood paint palettes, and I thought of using them for labels.
FOOD for the starving artists:
Avery loves to have both friends and family at her parties. My mom is an amazing cook, along with my aunt. We had traditional Laotian food but also had pizza “masterpieces” as well.
For entertainment, we offered paint-a-cookies with a picture of a unicorn because she still adores unicorns. Everyone loved coloring and eating these.
We also set up an art table with art canvases and art supplies. These doubled up as party favors, as everyone took their “masterpiece” home with them.
Guests also decorated and cre-8’ed their own aprons so paint would not get all over them. They also dressed in little berets, reminiscent of french artists. They all looked just adorable!
Because she didn’t want a bounce house this time, I thought of another way to incorporate art. I thought of all different kinds of art……when we frequent San Francisco, I thought of all the creative vendors out there and remembered getting a caricature right off the pier. *light bulb*
Everyone loved the caricature artist! He was so talented and quick, and everyone was able to get individual pictures and some had couples and families. It was so fun to watch!
Although Avery grew out of a lot of things, she did not grow out of the piñata! I try to use local vendors, for desserts if I need help, for entertainment, food, etc. I found this vendor that did the most extravagant and strong pinatas, locally. These were so strong, everyone got at least 3 turns! It was fun to see everyone be able to take a hit at it.
Isn’t the piñata EPIC?!!
I kept with the theme and purchased these empty paint buckets at the hardware store. I then purchased some vinyl at the craft store and traced paint drippings and hand cut them out with Avery. We loved putting these together!
I loved cre-8ing this party because it challenged me to think outside the box, and I loved looking into alternative entertainment ideas. Avery said it was her “best birthday”…..she kinda says that every year…….