Alfie wanted an ‘artists party’ for his 6th birthday – a feat I was dreading with lots of (mostly) 6 year old boys… 🙂
The invitations were simple watercolour stars..
We kept the party short, just a couple of hours, and I decided to refrain from using paint – mainly due to there being fifteen young kids and only two adults.
We had different ‘stations’ – a cupcake decorating station, a ‘colour the tablecloth’ station, ‘make your own play dough creation’, make a foam sticky picture, colour a face mask, and neon bead plates. The first three were the most popular – possibly because they were the ones that an adult was structuring – or that were the most ‘social’.
We had a variety of different sprinkles, chocolate drops and squeezy tubes for the cupcakes…
..and six different coloured bowls of icing sugar – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple..
Each child was allowed to decorate a couple each (one child wanted to do three!)…
The play dough station was VERY popular. I had made up six batches of play dough – red, yellow, blue, green, black and pink. Then we had bowls of collage items to create with – cut up pipe cleaners, shiny gems, shaped sequins, plastic eyes, cocktail sticks and straws, and feathers. Of course we had scissors, plastic knives and rolling pins there too. All on a huge plastic painters cloth..
The ‘drawing on the table’ was also fun for the kids, especially when there were a few of them cluttered around chatting – and a nice calming activity…
When each child had decorated their cupcakes (which took an hour), it was time for food. We had hot dogs, with lots of coloured healthy bits to pick – red tomatoes, orange carrots, yellow strips of fresh pepper and yellow tomatoes, green cucumber and purple grapes. It was great to see how popular these healthy bits were! 🙂
Then it was time to sing to the birthday boy…
After the food there was just thirty minutes left – Alfie opened his presents, the kids finished off any creations they had started (or indeed started a new one!), and for those slightly hyped up kids, there was a ‘reflex jakt’ (reflector hunt) in the garden. Richard had taken some different coloured and shaped reflectors and hidden them around the garden – the kids took torches out in to the dark and tried to find them. Exciting!
Instead of party bags we gave away an inexpensive craft kit to each child, and a handful of sweeties.
A fun party – one we would definitely do again!