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Ariella’s 3rd Birthday: An Art Party


My daughter’s favorite activity is to get messy, so I thought what better theme for her 3rd birthday than an Art Party where she and all her friends could go all out and get really messy!  Party goers enjoyed painting small and large canvases, as well as wood and paper craft activities, and artist themed food and drinks.  Attendees were instructed to "dress for mess!"

Design Inspiration

Since it was a painting party, I used a modified rainbow palette of jewel tones colors.  I used empty paint cans and paint brushes (painted to match), artist palettes, and paint “splats” to carry the theme throughout.  I knew I wanted the party to look like “Ariella’s Art Studio”, so the backyard was covered with drop cloths and the kids were free to paint anywhere.

Decorating Style

Modern, simple, clean

Favorite Items

I loved how the paint can and paint brush display on the mantel turned out.  It look a long time to add all of the vinyl paint drips to each can, but I loved the overall look.  I also loved the fondant cake decorations, and adding the paint splats all over the house.  I also loved displaying some of the food and drinks on real artists palettes.



At first I was searching for a lot of items in the exact color scheme I was looking for, but after having trouble finding coordinating items, I ended up using artist spray paint to custom color a lot of things.


Sunday 23rd of February 2020

This is great! I'm really inspired for my daughter's 3rd birthday. Can you tell me what size clear paint cans you purchased from amazon? I want to know if the favors will fit.


Sunday 21st of August 2016

Where did you find the birthday girl's artist beret?

Andrea Gibson

Monday 9th of May 2016

clarification. I purchased 48 inch large canvas similar to ones in your pictures to stand along my back garden wall. Did this work well?

Andrea Gibson

Monday 9th of May 2016

Hi I am putting on an art theme for my 4 year old daughter. I also live here in So Cal Did you find the kids worked better on the large canvas on the floor or the canvas on the easel? I have both not sure which went over better? less mess and which was easier for the kids to work with.

Emily Klaparda

Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

HI everyone who has inquired about the file of invitation. Sadly it is not for sale as I am not in the business anymore. My suggestion would be to show it to a graphic artist on Etsy and he/she could probably create something similar (or better) for you! Best of luck to all! Emily