Party Like Picasso

It was tonsillitis. Sore throat, high fever, crummy tonsillitis. I think it’s been banished by the mighty z-pack but I’m not claiming total victory just yet. I noticed while working out this morning that my throat is still feeling a bit swollen. Luckily, I had recuperated enough by Saturday to celebrate an upcoming sixth birthday. Our little artist and a whole bunch of her friends gathered at our house to create some art and sing happy birthday. We set up three stations — the kids are so familiar with the station concept from school it was a good way to keep them organized — for the art projects and divided the kids into three groups. We really wanted the kids to use real art materials so at station number one they used watercolor crayons — less messy than watercolor paints and just as fun — to paint on canvas.

Art Party - Katie's Watercolor Painting

This was the painting Katie created. The watercolor crayons are great, the kids draw with them like crayons and then use a wet paint brush to move the color around on the paper. I so wish I took a photo of all the different paintings drying together. At station number two the kids made a sculpture. We used crayola model magic clay for this because it is lightweight, not messy, and only needs to air dry. I did not want to be worrying about baking clay in the oven, especially because station number three was perler beads and that was crazy enough with Tristan repeatedly trying to use the iron.

Art Party - Katie's Sculpture

For the food we had sliders and pigs-in-a-blanket with french fries. We also served a variety of fruits — organized by color on a painter’s palette — with fruit dip. Papa made the cupcakes and we placed them on another palette — I just picked them up at our local art supply store — by color. Today on the way home from kindergarten a mom stopped me and said her son told her it was the best girl birthday party he had ever been to — success!

Art Party Birthday Cake
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11 Responses to “Party Like Picasso”


  1. 1 Leslie March 30, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    That sounds like a wonderful birthday! I may have to “steal” your idea for my daughter’s birthday this summer. Hope you feel better soon!

  2. 2 anina March 30, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    What fun!
    I’m glad you’re feeling better.

  3. 3 Alicia A. March 30, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    I think that sounds like fun idea for MY birthday. 🙂

  4. 4 emily March 31, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    i was thinking exactly what alicia said!

  5. 5 amandajean April 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    what a great idea for a party! i love palette of cupcakes. that’s perfect!!!

    i hope you are fully recovered soon. it’s hard to be a sick mommy. i have a fresh recollection of that. 🙂

  6. 6 darlene April 1, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    looks and sounds like a lot of fun…i have a party to plan in two weeks!

  7. 7 tamara April 3, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Those cupcakes look so yummy! Glad the party was a success and you are feeling better.

  8. 8 Amanda April 3, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    What a great idea for a party! I love the cupcakes on the painter’s palette! I’m wondering how many assistants you had. 🙂

  9. 9 martha April 8, 2009 at 9:00 am

    this is such an awesome party idea.
    I love it.

  10. 10 Prairie Girl April 13, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    love love LOVE the palette!

    Will definitely be tucking that idea in my back pocket!!

  11. 11 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen October 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I used this photo as a happy birthday to a fine artist. I am telling you for full disclosure as I don’t like to violate copyright (which I didn’t see here).


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