Isabel’s 2nd Birthday Party – Rainbow Art Party

Hey Everyone welcome back – it has been a super busy few weeks around the Kariel household and a whole 2 weeks since I last had a blog post up.  Thankfully all good things have kept me from a new post and mostly Isabel’s 2nd Birthday… a rainbow art party.
I have to tell you originally I had an Under the Sea theme planned for this party but I am so glad I went ahead and changed it.  Isabel is just in love with painting and play doh right now so it suited her to a tee!  I also have to admit as a creativity addict, this party was so much fun to work on and source things for.  It was really hard to cut things down to avoid going overboard.
First things first – my inspiration… Pinterest of course!  Check out my awesome Isabel Art party inspiration board for more ideas.  I used a combination of ideas to create her birthday invitation.  I made them all by hand and I just bought primary color 8.5″x11″ paper at Michaels (used my 40% off coupon too) then had to purchase the purple separately but still pretty affordable.    I cut the primary color paper in half.  I created the layout in photoshop and duplicated it to fit two on a page.  Then just printed at home onto white card stock.  The chevron was a free printable that I used to get the pattern and then I created my own custom colors in photoshop and stretched it to the chevron I liked best.

The fonts are also a combo of free fonts I have downloaded over the past several months.  I used Scribblebox and you can find those on my pinterest board Project Life/Free Downloads.

Then onto the sourcing… Sourcing you ask? That just means I scour the internet and various party stores, craft stores and other random stores to find what I want to use for the party.

For the over all effect of the room I wanted it to be super colorful, especially because the room we were using was so white.  It was so easy to accomplish by using round plastic tablecloths found at Party City and hanging the aprons on the chairs (found them at Amazon)
On the windows I made paint chip garland thanks to the wonderful paint samples of Behr paint and Home Depot.  I think I was the most excited about this because when my sisters and I were little we would use the paint chips to make collages from them so to tie them into Isabel’s party was kinda special.  I did one strand of simple circles sewn together on my Brother sewing machine.  Then the other strand you see was made from two circles cut out and sewn back to back.  I then folded the sides to make them look 3-D.
Behind the paint chip garland were rainbow colored zig zag garland which was created by using this awesome tutorial from Jordan over at Oh Happy Day – Super easy and nice effect!
Each table had it’s own art project ranging from crayons & stickers to roller paint or play dough.  On each table there were the various materials needed for the activity.  The centerpiece boxes were recycled from a previous party and just covered with wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby.  Also, there were hand wipes labeled as “artist wipes” and an easel with an artistic quote.  The mini easels were created from craft sticks and just hot glued together after being painted.
I made homemade finger paint and play dough and they were such a big hit with the parents – especially those that have kids who put everything in their mouth.
The fans were made from party decorations from Party City.  I added a custom cricut cut out and the cricut cut #2.  They were mounted to wooden dowels and tied with simple grosgrain ribbon. 
The main stations of the party were “Creative Juices” for the beverages, the “Art Gallery” which was a drying table for the various projects and the main table which was filled with the food.

These colorful hurricane glasses were re-purposed from a previous party as well.  To tie them into the theme a bit more I used a custom logo and but attached them with a rubber band – super easy!
The food included various rainbow colored foods – a fruit platter, a veggie platter, jello jigglers, rice krispy paint brushes, cake batter bark, chocolate dipped pretzels and a custom cake made by Not Your Everyday Cake

All the banners were created using my cricut.  The fabric backdrop is from Hobby Lobby and I sewed the two colors together once I cut them down to size.  The fabric garland on each side was created from several remnants I had kicking around the house and a few I purchased.
One last great idea that I have used on previous parties is pop up trash cans… Have you seen them?  You can find them at Party City for about $4 and they come in all sorts of colors (I chose colorful polka dots) and they also offer recycling pop up containers also great for a party.

So another year and my baby girl is 2!  This year was so fun to see her interact with the art projects and her friends.  Last year she wouldn’t leave my side, wouldn’t take pictures, talk with her friends or even open presents…such a drastic difference but such a welcomed one!


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