Monday, November 30, 2009


I can't let November slip away without blogging about Emma's sixth birthday party... which took place in early November! So with hours to spare...

Emma wanted a Chuck E. Cheese party this year. As much as I wanted to give her the gift of swine flu, I was able to talk her out of it. After much deliberation, we came up with the idea of having an Artist Birthday Party!

She painted a birthday picture which we copied off and mounted on cardstock. We made the invitations together, so she felt included right from the start!

Emma wrote a welcome note on the easel out front to greet her guests.  Upon arrival, each artist got an apron with their name on it. Their own blank canvas, if you will.

As the artists came in, they joined in painting a birthday mural for Emma.
We meant to have them each sign it, but forgot!

After that, they took some time watercoloring some masterpieces of their own.

When they were finished with that, we had two different stations for them to experiment with. The first was a spin art station.

I bought a cheat salad spinner at Walmart and cut out different colored circles that fit just perfectly in the bottom of it.  Then, I put a put tempera paints in condiment squeeze bottles.   Gary helped them squeeze different colors into the salad spinner. After a few pumps, the paint sprawled in all directions and the kids had their own unique piece of art!

The other station was marble art. They got to dip marbles in different colors, drop it in a shallow box onto their paper, and roll it around to make another masterpiece. Every creation was unique!

Please note the lack of kids in this picture. Oh. My. Gosh. This station? A disaster. Fun, but messy. Messy, messy, messy. It is impossible to take pictures while retaining any hope that your curtains will not be splatter-painted.

We also played a couple of games. The first was "Paint the Nose on the Clown." They were blind-folded, spun around, and used a round sponge dipped in red paint to paint the nose on the clown.  They LOVED it!

Looking back, it might have been wise to put something behind it, but I think the red splotches add character to our siding.

After that we played "Rainbow Relay" where each team did a relay race to paint each stripe of the rainbow. What a hit!

The party concluded with gifts and an Artist Palette Cake.

My favorite part of the entire party was kind of a splurge, but totally worth it. The rest of the party cost next to nothing since we had all of the materials on hand. But to give the kiddos a unique party favor, we hired a caricature artist to come draw each of the kids.

She was AMAZING. She was so good with the kids (who held remarkably still for five minutes each!) and their pictures each turned out better than I'd imagined. And I think they LOVED seeing themselves drawn. We can't wait to frame and hang the girls' pictures in their rooms.

We found our artist on Craig's List, but you could definitely call an art student at a local college.  They'd probably love the practice!

I promised I'd give her a shout out, so if you're in the Denver area and want something fun and unique for your kid's party, HIRE HER! I was so impressed. Her name is Sarah Bergman and her phone number is 720-226-1751. Or email her at

By the end of the party, all of the afternoon's masterpieces had been hung on the porch to dry and greet parents as they arrived. We had been BUSY but we sure had fun and celebrated hard.

I love you, Emma!
Happy 6th birthday, my sweet girl!


  1. Those are some of the best ideas ever! So glad you shared them!

  2. What a great party ! I don't think I ever have done anything so fun, nor will I ever. I'm a bit jealous. :) Anyway, my kids are standing here asking why they couldn't have gone. :( You are fantastic, Ang !!

  3. wow! the party looked awesome!!! i may have to pick your brain for fun ideas for my boys' parties..... :) great job mom!

  4. Ang! You are so awesome....what a fun idea for a party! Emma looks so cute and pretty and so 6 in that last picture! Great job making it such a special time for her. :-)

  5. Colin had such a great time at Emma's party! We even had his caricature framed. It's a great piece of art work that captured his personality so well. Thanks again!

  6. Awesome party, Mom. Creative and fun. We had an art party for Natalie this year too, (which totally makes sense, given the affinity she had for Emma) and while we didn't have as many kids, it was such a blast.

    I love that last picture of Emma. Are you sure she's only 6?

  7. i think it's cute how you and Gary wore matching shirts.

  8. Angie, how much do you charge to plan birthday parties? Seriously!
    So fun! Love the idea of the caricatures. :)

  9. oh my goodness- will you plan my b-day party next year? please?

  10. Oh my goodness Angie! This has to be the cutest and most cretive idea ever for a birthday party!!! Emma is one lucky girl :) I'm sure she had a blast!

  11. Very cute idea! I love it!

  12. Hey Angie!! It's been so long. I've missed keeping up with you. I've had some time this holiday season to catch up. Just wanted to drop by and say "hey".


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