Paint Party Ideas
A Paint Party is a unique party idea that your birthday kiddo
and his/her guests will not forget!
Even if your child is not the next Picasso, he/she will have fun
creating masterpieces with their friends.
This painting party theme is great for all age groups and is
sure to be a hit.
Paint Party Decorations
Take multiple sheets of colored construction paper and cut into
long 2 inch strips. Make the first strip into circle and secure
with tape. Take the next strip and make a circle through the
first one, so that the two are linked together. Continue doing
this until you have a long garland to hang as a decoration! This
would be even more striking if you did multiple strands of this
garland with each strand being only 1 color.
Take 2 large paint swatches (can be found at any store that sells paint)
and glue 3 sides together to create a pocket. Use these to hold
silverware for the party guests.
Put a sign on the door inviting all the birthday guests to enter your
Buy cardstock in multiple colors. Cut several 3 inch circles out of each
color and sew onto thick string to make colorful polka dot bunting! This
could also be done with the paint chip swatches that you find at the
Use white butcher paper as a tablecloth to protect the tables and also
give it an artist feel. You could also splatter paint the tablecloth
beforehand to add some more color.
Blow up colorful balloons and attach to the wall in rows of single
colors, like a watercolor paint tin. This would be a great backdrop for
photos or the food table, or just as a statement wall. You could achieve
the same effect by using colorful streamers that twist as they go down
Use empty paint cans with the labels taken off as decorations. You could
have colored tissue paper coming out of the top, or have the can tipped
on its side with colorful streamers coming out.
These could double as a goody bag for when the guests leave.
Hang signs around the party saying things like
Paint Party Invitations
Create a paint palette for a unique invitation! Start by cutting a
palette shape out of brown paper. Next, cut small
out of colored pieces of paper. Glue the
onto the palette to look like paint. Write one piece of party
information in each of the paint blobs.
For a cheap invitation idea, glue a colored piece of paper onto the back
of a paint swatch. On the color swatch side, tell the guests they are
invited to the party or ask if they think they could be the next Picasso
(or other famous artist). On the back, give all the party information.
On one side of the invitation, write
kiddo)___ is turning __(age)__, come paint with me!’
and include all of the information on the back.
Paint Party Games
Pin the Paintbrush
For this take on pin the tail on the donkey, print out a picture of a
giant paintbrush. One at a time, blindfold the child and give him/her a
paintbrush with a different color. The object of the game is to get your
paint as close as you can to the end of the paintbrush on the paper.
Whoever is the closest wins!
Either buy a twister board or make your own from a white sheet. Last
person standing wins!
This would work well with younger kids. Give each child a few paint
swatches and have them find things outside that match each color.
Examples of this are grass for a green swatch, dirt for a brown swatch,
a flower for a pink swatch, etc.
Give each child an egg filled with a different color of paint. Have them
stand 10-15 feet away from a target and throw it. The guest closest to
the center wins!
Paint Party Icebreakers
When the guests arrive at the party, have them dip their hand in paint
and put their handprint on a canvas. Have them sign their name for a
unique record of everyone at the party.
Paint Party Activities
Hang a giant canvas or white sheet outside. Empty out egg shells and
fill with different colors of paint. Let each guest throw the egg shells
to create a unique group painting. If the guests are too young to throw
accurately, you can also fill water bottles with watered down paint and
let them spray the painting instead.
Have each kid create their own masterpiece! Supply the guests with a
small canvas and paints and let their imaginations run wild. This could
also be done with a blank white t-shirt or pillowcase.
Supply each child with their own wooden initial and provide paints for
them to decorate it. This doubles as a great party favor!
If you are celebrating a preteen/teenager and the guests don't
mind getting messy, have everyone come in white clothing that they can
get dirty. Supply eggs shells filled with paint, watered down paint in
water bottles, squeeze bottles filled with paint, and/or free standing
buckets of paint. Stand back, announce a paint war, and watch as the
birthday guests make themselves into standing masterpieces! To help them
clean off when they are finished, you could provide a slip and slide,
water guns, or some other sort of fun water activity.
Have some fun with
sidewalk chalk! Use our
Sidewalk Chalk Games and Activities for ideas!
Paint Party Food
Buy bags of M&Ms and separate out into the different colors. Put the
different colors into jars or bowls and display on the food table for a
For dessert, give each child a cupcake with white frosting. Supply them
with a palette of candy decorating options for them to create on their
own. This could also be done with ice cream in a bowl, or with cool whip
Mix up some colored frosting or melted white chocolate with food
Dip graham crackers, marshmallows, krispie treats, pretzel
rods, or any other finger food into the color and let dry.
lollipop stick into the top for a cute painted snack option!
nonpareils added before the treat dries would take this idea to the next
Make punch/juice and label it as
and offer giant colorful lollipops as
Make cake pops and use cheap colored paintbrushes as the sticks.
Make sandwiches and cut into a splatter shape using a cookie cutter (a
flower shape should do the trick). Put up a sign announcing them as
Paint Party Favors
Fill containers with candy, one color per container. Give each guest a
bag and let them take a little of each home.
Buy little watercolor tins and attach a paper that thanks each guest for
coming onto the back.
Give each child rows of dots candy.
Take a plain white gift bag and have the birthday kiddo cover it either
in painted dots or an abstract creation. Fill each bag with a different
color of tissue paper and you have an easy goodie bag!
Attach a sign to the goodie bag saying
for helping make my birthday a masterpiece!’
Ask a family member or friend to help with a face painting station
For an older child’s
birthday party, do a step-by-step lesson on how to paint a particular
picture onto provided canvases.