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For the past few months I’ve been doing some birthday parties for other people. It’s sort of low key, I don’t advertise, and it grew out of my art classes. Many of the art class moms were asking me if I would consider coming to their house to do a party. At first I just said no, it sounded like a lot of work. But then I thought, maybe I should give it a try! Now I have an official flyer with some art ideas, about 8 parties under my belt, and I can say that I am semi-experienced. It’s actually turned out to be fun! I really enjoy it because the kids who are there love doing art. And the birthday child (so far just girls) cannot wipe the smile of her face!
I set up three stations per party. One of the stations is almost always this birthday banner. I sort of got the idea from two places. One was from a photo that I saw on Pinterest, and the other was from my friend Jean’s blog, The Artful Parent (a must visit). I hand-draw the birthday child’s name with a pencil first, making sure it’s centered (ish). Then I go over it with a black sharpie and hand-draw the frames all around.
paint brushes (these are my favorite)
The birthday girl (left) and her friends. This party had 12 girls ranging in age from five to eight.
The banners never turn out bad. It’s a perfect station to go to when they are finished making their pom-pom necklace, or waiting to do a craft at another table. Kids keep coming back and painting more until the whole paper is covered in paint. Lately, I’ve had the kids sign their names on the painting, too.
What a wonderful, personal piece of art for the birthday child to hang in their room all year!
Here’s another one from a 10-yr old’s party. It’s really a perfect idea for kids of any age. I’ve done it with 4-yr olds all the way up to 13-yr olds. And I’m quite sure my almost 16-yr old and her friends would love it, too!
I’m thinking of offering to make and sell these for people, but I sort of hate dealing with shipping. If anyone has a good idea on how to make this happen in a simple way, let me know!