Trends in Events from Catch My Party: Arts and Crafts Parties

    e recently caught up with Jillian from Catch My Party, the ultimate DIY party resource, to talk about some of the latest trends in events. Arts and crafts parties are extremely popular right now, not only for kids birthday parties but also for holiday parties and bridal showers. If you’re looking for ideas for your next party, consider throwing an arts and crafts party. It’s a fun way to keep your guests entertained and at the end of the night everyone will have created something unique to take home with them. Check out our tips and tricks on how to throw an awesome arts and crafts party!

    Send out invitations letting your guests know that you'll be throwing an arts and crafts party. Create unique invitations in the shape of an art palette or some other creative design to tie in the art theme. You could also ask each guest to bring one art supply or food item to contribute to the party.

    Set up a few arts and crafts tables throughout your event space where guests can sit down and create their piece of art. Stock the tables with lots of colored pencils, glue, markers, glitter, and other art supplies. If you have time, you may also want to buy or make custom-designed sketchbooks to give to each party guest. You could also pick up blank aprons to give to each person as they arrive and offer supplies to design them. This will get them in the artsy mood right off the bat.

    Set up the messy crafts projects outdoors. Doodling and painting are fun, but most people enjoy getting a little messy. It’s best to set up some tables and areas outdoors where people can create art without worrying about getting anything dirty. Some fun craft projects to have outdoors include tie-dye stations, splatter paint stations, and sand art. As a tip, set up some cleaning stations outdoors, like buckets with soapy water, so people can clean up afterwards.

    Serve food and drinks that goes with your artsy theme. For example, label a basket of chips as “Paint Chips” and come up with a few other creative names for foods, such as “Picasso’s Pita Bread” and “Monet’s Milk and Cookies.” For drinks, you could create a large bowl of punch and call it “Creative Juice” to serve to all the kids. For the adults in the house, consider making a signature cocktail. For example, mix up some Goldschlagger and blueberry juice and garnish with star fruit, then call it “Starry Night.”

    Get down with some communal art. While it’s definitely fun for everyone to create their own piece of art at your party, you can also buy one large piece of butcher paper and have everyone create a mural together. It’s a great way for everyone to get to know each other a little better and teaches kids to work together. As a tip, round everyone up at the start of your party and decide on a theme or general concept for your mural art. When it’s all done, you could hold a raffle to see who gets to take it home!

    Decorate your event venue to go with your arts and crafts theme. If you have a sub-theme, such as purple ombre or rainbow, then decorate your space accordingly. “Rainbow Art Parties” are incredibly popular for kids birthdays and easy to coordinate decorations. Simply get rainbow streamers, balloons, and banners to deck out your event space. Colored candy like Skittles and M&M’s make great rainbow decorations as well as being tasty treats. Fill some large, glass vases and jars with those or any other rainbow colored candy, like gummy worms.

    Choose festive party favors to give to your guests at the end of the night. You could give them some art supplies to continue crafting after your event, or keep it simple with some candy or a scented candle. Better yet, the craft they make can be the party favor, just give them a cute container to take it home in, like a small basket or festive bag.

    Have you been to an arts and crafts party lately? We’d love to hear about it! Feel free to share with us by leaving a comment below, on Facebook or Twitter.