Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sweet Pottery-Painting-Party Treats

"As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life." ~ John Lubbock

Seven-year-old Emma certainly brings color to our life, so it was pure pleasure to celebrate her recent birthday with a pottery painting party with all her favorite colors.


We planned our celebration for a Sunday afternoon at a local pottery studio. After guests painted a piece of pottery, we paused to sing happy birthday to our birthday artist. Emma is picky about her sweets, but we finally came up with a pleasing birthday treat.


Strawberry ice cream with whipped cream and sprinkles was the perfect choice for Emma, and custom palette picks dressed our sundaes in their Sunday best.


Here is a look at the paint palette I designed for the party, incorporating Emma's top 7 favorite colors. I removed the text from this graphic, in case you would like to use it for your personal crafting or party planning. Click the graphic below to save it to your files.


To create a cupcake or ice cream pick, punch two holes in the right side of the palette and slip a paintbrush in. I picked up an inexpensive package of kids paintbrushes at Michaels. They were perfect for adding the finishing touch to our paint palette invitations and ice cream picks.

We served the ice cream on shallow square appetizer bowls from Party City. Plastic dessert plates in pink, lime green and turquoise -- also from Party City -- acted as colorful chargers for our ice cream treats. I saved all of our plasticware to reuse for future parties.

Emma was quite particular about only wanting store-bought sugar cookies, so I picked up these colorful iced cookies from Walmart and Winn Dixie. Polka dotted cupcake liners from Wilton brought in Emma's favorite colors.


My favorite detail of the party had to be these fondant paintbrushes and artist palettes, custom-made to match the party by Edible Details. Love, love, love these.


We used my re-purposed Starbucks Frappuccino bottles to serve milk and cookies during the party. (Strawberry milk, of course, for those of us who agree that life is always better when it is pink!)

We also had little bottles of water on hand to keep the creative juices flowing. When I told Emma that Aunt Jennifer designed and printed all the bottle labels for us, Emma said, "I love your sister. She's so sweet!" You can shop my sweet sister's Etsy shop, The Polka Dot Party, here.


Every little artist needs to prepare for little spills. Napkin bundles did the trick for us, wrapped in festive ribbon and accented with a mini paintbrush.


With our fill of painting and painterly snacks, it was time to close our pottery party. Stop in tomorrow for favors and final details.


"Art is your emotions flowing in a river of imagination." ~ Devin, Los Cerros Middle School 

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