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Why an art-themed birthday party is great for 7-year-olds

Getting the creative juices flowing at an art-themed birthday party is super fun for seven-year-olds. An art party offers a colorful palette for kids differing from the action-packed sports and bounce parties first and second graders are used to. Art parties expose kids to activities like painting and ceramics they might not have tried before. The theme is also a perfect pick for artistic 7-year-olds who spend a majority of their spare time painting, drawing, and coloring. Don’t worry if you’re not artsy yourself, putting together an art-themed birthday party is easier than painting a masterpiece on a blank canvas. It just takes some imagination and a few painting birthday party ideas.

Two girls having fun painting at an art-themed birthday party

Art aprons

Before kids can get painting or sculpting at an art-themed party, they need to be outfitted in an adorable apron to protect their clothing. The apron is a party essential and serves as the favor. For ready-made personalized aprons, head to Esty and order aprons with the party guests’ names on them. Another option is to buy kid-sized art aprons in bulk and personalize them yourself with a fabric pen.

Painting birthday party ideas

Canvas painting

Painting parties are lively, full of color, and easy to organize. Paint party studios are all the rage for adults, but many of them offer canvas painting parties for kids as well. The perk of having a painting party at a studio is that most of the major details are taken care of by the venue. If you prefer and have the space, hosting a canvas painting party at home is low stress too. Paint party studios offer virtual paints where the host receives a video link detailing the step-by-step painting process. Kids can follow along and paint their individual masterpieces, which also double as favors. Sometimes the canvas and paints are included when booking a virtual paint party. If not, canvases, easels, paintbrushes, and paint can be purchased in bulk online or at a local craft store.

Fabric painting party

Another expressive art-themed birthday party idea is to have a make-and-take fabric painting party. Guests can use fabric paint and/or markers to decorate T-shirts, hats, socks, canvas bags, and even sneakers. For shirts and sneaker painting, have parents supply sizes when they RSVP.

Watercolor painting party

Let kids dabble in the abstract by having a watercolor painting party. Supply kids with a watercolor set and paper. Allow their inner artistry to explode as they create their own watercolor masterpieces. Watercolor sets double as a party favor too.

Painting party stations

An innovative way to incorporate different types of painting at an art-themed birthday party is to set up different artistic stations. Outfit areas for finger painting, another for watercolors, a fabric painting station, and canvas painting. Kids can let their inner artists come out at each station and all their creative pieces go home as favors.

pumpkin painting at an art themed birthday party

Pumpkin painting

Fall art-themed birthday parties are earmarked for a pumpkin painting party. Set up outside if weather permits or deck the garage out for an indoor/outdoor pumpkin painting party. Each party guest receives a pumpkin and a pumpkin paint kit. The decorative pumpkin and the kit also serve as a favor. Kids will have a lot of fun creating their own jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.

Ornament painting party

If your art lover’s birthday falls during the holiday season, kids will have an amazing time painting their own ornaments. Set up an assortment of unfinished wooden ornaments in holiday shapes and provide each painter with a washable non-toxic paint set. Kids can let their artistic juices flow by painting ornaments to take home.

Chalk drawing

Another imaginative idea for an art-themed birthday party is to take it outside for a sidewalk chalk drawing party. Kids use sidewalk chalk to make their own drawings or be inspired to create drawings for a given theme like superheroes. Chalk drawing parties are ideal for spring, summer, and early fall birthdays when the weather cooperates. Be sure to set up other art stations like a drawing and a coloring area for kids when they’re done with their sidewalk drawings.

Party snack decorating

All that painting and creating will undoubtedly make party guests hungry. What better way to top off an art-themed birthday party than to have kids decorate their own cupcakes or cookies.

Other art-themed party tips

When setting up an art-themed birthday party, have these things on hand to make the painting and cleanup run smoother.

  • Cover each art station or painting area with disposable plastic tablecloths
  • Have water cups available for each painter to use
  • Provide baby wipes for kids to use as a quick cleanup for their hands
  • Ask guests to use wear old clothes

Set aside an art station for parents

Seven-year-old parties aren’t drop off, and parents might enjoy the opportunity to let their artistic side out too. Coloring, drawing, and painting are great stress relievers for parents. Set up a table for adults to get in on some art activities too.

Hosting an art-themed birthday party for your creative 7-year-old is an inspiring way to celebrate. Art lets kids express themselves and inspires the imagination. An art-themed party is different from most traditional birthday parties that include sports and games. Creating paintings, clothing, ornaments, and more at a birthday party combines the party activity with personalized favor making. Top it off by letting guest decorate their own party snacks.

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