Becca’s 6th Birthday Art Party/Color Run

Beeca turns six today!  I can’t believe it has been six years since this precious baby girl entered our lives.  She was truly an answer to prayers, and one that we waited a long time for.  There is an eleven-year gap between Preston and Becca.  We went through two losses before we were blessed with Becca.  I couldn’t have imagined a sweeter baby girl, and she is growing up so fast.  It was exciting to plan and celebrate her big #6. The birthday girl had a lot of say in her birthday plans this year.  We cuddled on the couch and scrolled through Pinterest for lots of amazing ideas on how to pull off an art party and color run Becca-style. Here is what we came up with:

We had a dessert table complete with Pretzel Paintbrushes, Rice Krispies Treats Paintbrushes, Palette Cookies, Popcorn Funnels, and Color Wheel lollipops.

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We popped a popsicle stick in Rice Krispies treats which was easier than what I thought it would be, then dipped it in some candy melts.  We got the candy melts at Walmart for $0.75! Score!

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I used some old scrapbook paper I had and rolled it up with a bit of tape and glue dots to make popcorn funnels.  I made these while binge-watching Netflix, and I made a few too many.  Oops.  Blame it on Scandal. 

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For the palette cookies, we used Pillsbury refrigerated cookie dough.  We used one of my chubby Aladdin straws to put an indent in the top of each cookie to make it kind of peanut-shaped.  It ended up filling out while cooking, but you could tell what we were going for.  I baked the cookies for 11 minutes, and then used the straw to poke a hole in the top of each cookie while they were cooling.  I blew the cookie holes out dartgun style which Caleb highly enjoyed–lol!  Once cooled, Becca helped me ice the cookies to complete the palette look.

IMG_1929We got the big rainbow lollipops, aka color wheels, at Dollar Tree.  and stuck them in those cute Mike & Ike paint cans which we found on clearance at Target.  Another score!

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Becca and I had a difference of opinions when it came to the cake.  I saw this awesome idea on Pinterest which used painter’s palettes as cupcake trays which had each of its wells filled with fun toppings.  However, Becca did not want cupcakes.  She made it very clear that she wanted a big cake.  So we took the idea and switched it to a build-your-own-sundae palette.

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To Becca’s delight, we did get her a big cake.  We found one that was just iced in white buttercream and some confetti sprinkles – a perfect canvas for Becca to decorate. What better cake to have at an art party than one decorated by the birthday girl?

IMG_1924The final result of the dessert table was this:

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For the kid’s activities, we planned painting and a color run.  I found out the favorite characters/shapes of each child and used my Cricut to cut them out in vinyl. I stuck the shapes onto the center of 8×10 canvases so the kids could paint all around them.  When dry, we peeled the vinyl off and, voila, cute pictures! The horse is Becca’s after picture, and the train is an extra one we had left over.

FullSizeRenderThe kids really loved doing this and it was truly no-fail art.  Our parties include cousins and second-cousins that range in age from 2 up to 12, and this was really an activity that was perfect for every age group.  To give you a breakdown of price, I spent $10 on a 10-pack of 8×10 canvases.  I got two so we have a few extras.  Michael’s sells a six-pack of washable paint for $6.  The four-pack of paintbrushes were $2.99.  I used a 30% off my entire purchase coupon to pick up all those.

Sargent Art Jumbo Paint Brushes, 4 CountArtist's Loft Necessities Canvas Super Value Pack, 8" x 10", 8" x 10"Creatology Washable Paint Set, Multicolor, 4 oz.

While the masterpieces were drying, we went outside for a fun color run.  I ordered a dozen bags of colored powder from Amazon, and it was the perfect amount to get a nice amount of color on each of the fourteen kids. Plus, it smelled nice–kind of a baby powder smell.

Festival Colors (Rangoli) Holi High Quality Colors (Pack of 10)

I set up six giant pinwheels around our yard to make a track, and corralled some parents to throw colors on the kids.  It didn’t take much effort; they were all very willing!  The kids had a ton of fun running around the yard, and I think the parents had just as much fun chasing them around with colored powder.

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We had a lot of fun with family and friends celebrating our sweet girl, and Becca had a blast!

 

 

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