Sunday, May 19, 2013

Josie's Art Party

Josie is going to be turning SIX at the end of this month.  I can't believe she'll be six already!  Man!  This went fast.  Coming up with the theme to this year's party was actually a pretty easy one.  She's had a princess or villain theme the last few years and this year she wanted to do something different.  Since last summer, she has become quite the artist, so it seemed obvious for us to do an art party for her.  

We had close to 30 kids at our house, so even though I am the Cake Mama, I wanted to keep it simple and I didn't want to have a huge cake to cut.  Also, the prep time would have cut in to the other fun things I had planned.  So I decided to do cupcakes but they had to be really COOL cupcakes.  I did this technique before with Josie's Elmo party 3 years ago, so I did again to make rainbow cupcakes.  

First step is making the batter and splitting it into 6 different containers; one for each color of the rainbow.  

One color at a time, I added about a tablespoon full to each cupcake liner.  I started with red...

...and ended with purple.

I frosted each one with some white buttercream and topped them with colorful rainbow sprinkles to match the cupcake liners.

And voila!  Rainbow inside!

The rest of the party was super fun to plan.  I ordered these aprons online and absolutely LOVE them.  They are Oriental Trading Company aprons, but I actually got them on (better deal for me that way).  With all of the kids we had coming, this was a super fun and affordable gift to give each of them.  And before we started the party, they looked so fun and colorful flapping away in the wind!

Rainbow balloons were a must for the party!

I added some colorful artwork to dress up the gardens.

And then as each child arrived, we had them take a picture with Mona Lisa or The Scream.  These pictures will be sent with Thank You cards.    Here's Josie...

And here's Hope and Josie.  They are SO silly!

After all of the kids arrived, I decided it was best to feed them right away.  We had a rainbow of a buffet with very kid-friendly foods.   (The food labels were made by my mother-in-law, Marcia, and were made from color sample paper from the local hardware store.)

Mmmm - lots of colorful foods!

I was most excited about the Rainbow Jell-O.  Six different layers of Jell-O topped with whipped cream and sprinkles!  YUM!

The kids had some time to eat.

Then they had some time to play together.  

Then we gathered them all up for a group shot before we split them up into four groups.   Each group would circle around to all four different stations.

One group got to decorate cookies with food-safe markers.

Another group got to decorate their aprons with fabric markers.  

A third group got to paint with watercolors.  My husband taped painters tape in the shape of the first initial of each kid's name onto cardstock.  They painted on the cardstock and then we removed the tape to reveal a white letter.  (If we were to do this again, we would have chosen different paper or different tape.  The tape didn't want to come off easily...oh well...)

We dried them on the line.  Look at all of that fun color!

The last group got to do an art-themed obstacle course.  SUPER fun!

THEN - it was time for CUPCAKES!!!    Josie loved listening to her friends sing Happy Birthday.

She got to open her presents while her friends looked on and  played some more.  

All in all it was a fabulous day!  The weather was perfect and the turn-out was humbling.  I had so many helpers along the way and am so appreciative of each and every one of them for helping make Josie's day a super special one.   I couldn't have done it without you!!!

Happy [early] Birthday, Josie!!  We love you so!

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