Win turned 7 in March and he really wanted to invite his friends round for an art party. We seem to have fallen into the tradition of having friends in our home close to the boys’ birthdays, and I really like it – even if it can get quite crazy. I always underestimate the amount of questions, movement, noise and excitement that come with a party. Consequently, I am always too busy to take photographs to share, or look back on!
For his invitations we cut card into an artist palette shape and then he used his fingers to print the colours on. On one side we printed the child’s name, and on the other Winston wrote the party details. The party was quite straightforward, but there was quite a lot of preparation to do. I prepared friendship bracelets, some stencils and stamps for painting. Then there was a separate table for colouring, making cards and crafts. Food was a buffet eaten on picnic blankets and then I made the birthday cake.
When it came to supplies – Flying Tiger and Baker Ross came to the rescue. I bought each child a plain canvas bag to paint, as well as a DIY stamp set, glitter, fabric paints, paper party bags, cotton (for friendship bracelet making) and a 9 metre colouring book. I also bought these kitpas window and glass crayons which were expensive but the boys have used them a lot.
Close to the end we put on some music and they all did some dancing, plus we did the obligatory pass the parcel and musical statues. Each child went home with the canvas bag that they’d printed, along with anything else they’d made, as well as a small packet of sweets and some chocolate. After every party I vow to have less invitees, and feel frazzled for the next few days, but it is such fun getting to know their friends. I also jump on any adults that offer to stay – an extra pair of hands is priceless.
Rufus is set on having a chocolate party for his sixth birthday in January, so I’m not sure what that will entail. On another note, these felt party hats that I made years ago are still going strong which makes me very happy!