Arts and Crafts birthday parties are an enriching way to keep your party guests busy while they have fun! We have directions for unique craft projects, as well as ideas for crafty invitations, supplies, food and favors for your child’s arts and crafts birthday party.
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What Do I Need For the Party?
In addition to basic party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your Arts and Crafts party:
- Child-sized smocks, aprons or old shirts
- Crafts and activities kits
- Tables and chairs
- Quick dry glue and craft glue
- Washable markers, crayons and colored pencils
- Newspapers (to use as table covers during art projects)
For a convenient and unique birthday invitation, check out our personalized art invites that will include all of the party details for you.
Don’t want a printed invitation? What better way to ask guests to attend an Arts and Crafts party than with homemade invitations! Here are some ways you can excite your guests for the art event of the year:
- Punch a hole in a card-style invitation and attach it to a personalized bag tag or personalized bookmark with curling ribbon.
- Seal your arts & crafts party invitations envelopes with an art party personalized sticker printed with party details or a fun message!
- Use colored cardstock, ink and rubber stamps to design your invitations.
- Let your child finger paint or place their handprint on the cover of each invitation.
- Create your art party invitations out of marbleized paper. Then, write a poem on the inside such as:
Glitter and pom-poms and projects to weave,
Paper and markers and crayons and beads,
Put on your apron and grab a paint brush,
It’s Meg’s arts & crafts birthday, so won’t you join us?
- Use solid paperware in a variety of colors to create a rainbow place setting.
- Make a table cover out of white craft paper. Place buckets of crayons on the table. At the party, encourage the guests to draw pictures on the paper.
- Ask your child to draw pictures on the walkway leading to your doorstep using sidewalk chalk.
- Face paint your party guests as they arrive. Only spend a couple minutes on each guest so that you have time for other activities.
- Decorate the walls in the party area with drawings your child has created over the years.
- Place tissue paper flowers in vases on the party table. These are easy to make and can be given out to guests as favors.
Cooking is a form of art as well! Party guests can help make their own food which will also serve as an activity. Here are some crafty but tasty party food suggestions.
- Create mini pizzas using sliced bagels or English muffins as crust. Set pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and pizza toppings in small bowls. Allow the children to assemble their own pizzas and then bake in an oven at 350° until the cheese is melted and the crusts are crispy.
- Serve peanut butter and jelly, grilled cheese or deli sandwiches and have your guests use cookie cutters to create fun-shaped sandwiches.
- Bake sugar cookies and have the children decorate them using icing, candy and food coloring.
- Set up an ice cream bar and let the children choose their own flavor and toppings to create sundaes.
Arts and Crafts Cake Idea
Bake a rainbow cake using our yummy recipe and then decorate the cake to look like an art palette. We have provided a template below for you to copy.
- Bake a round cake and let it cool.
- Using an empty orange juice can as a cutter, cut a hole towards the side of the cake. (This is a great way to sample some cake ahead of time!)
- Now you can frost the cake using white icing.
- Group same-colored jelly beans together in small circles to create a rainbow palette of colors around the top of the cake.
- Finish the cake off by placing a plastic paint brush across the center of the cake.
Party Favor Ideas
The great part about having an Arts and Crafts birthday party is that the projects your guests make can serve as party favors! In case you want to send your guests home with something extra, here are some more favor ideas.
- Coloring Activities
- Crayons, markers and colored pencils
- Swirl Lollipops
- Personalized stickers, zipper pulls and placemats
- Check out our arts and crafts activities for more party favor ideas.
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Games and Activities
Dye your own rainbow pasta for beaded craft activities!
This craft activity is fun, fast and just for friends!
Balloon Beanbag Balls
Children will love making their own squishy bean balls!
Children can use their fingerprints to create all sorts of cute critters.
Create your own stationary with this easy activity.
Kids illustrate their family on a t-shirt they can keep.
Create vibrant rainbow cake batter your child will never forget!
Kids can hide coins or other items in their very own treasure box!