I have been scavenging across the whole internet. That’s right folks, I have seen every website that exists and I am here to tell the tale…. just kidding. But really, it feels that way as I “command-T” my way to dozens of open tabs, trying to quilt together the perfect kind of “Artsy Party”.
But I think I have a great blueprint that will set the stage for Elizabeth’s own “Artsy Party”. The Secret Art Den will be hosting it. Our version would obviously be different, but these pictures serve the best examples. Be expecting future posts of actual pictures taken along the process. This picture was the closest I could find that would resemble the general furniture set up in the studio. Photo from Tammy Watson Photography! Will post “our version” pronto!
A Day in the Life of an Artist… at an art studio!
1:00-1:30 p.m. Artists arrive and sign the Birthday mural created by The Secret Art Den.
1:30-2:00 p.m. Tie-dye bandanas and paint on canvases with their names on it.
2:00-2:30 p.m. Have lunch, sing “Happy Birthday!” to Elizabeth, and open presents.
2:30-3:00 p.m. Play “Rainbow Relay” and “Bucket of Crayons”
3:00-3:15 p.m. Parents pick up Artist
[1:00-1:30 pm] Sign on the Birthday Mural!
As friends come in, they can drop off presents at the gift table, and “Sign in” by drawing a picture with their autograph on Elizabeth’s Birthday Banner! Later, she can hang in her room as a keepsake! This version was one I found from Housing a Forest!
I would create one for Elizabeth in a cute font on fabric, rather than paper. Fabric can be washed, transported, and easily found at my local Joann’s.
[1:30-2:00 p.m.] Tie Dye Bandanas!
[2:00-2:30 p.m.] Lunch, Sing ‘Happy Birthday’, and Open Presents!
Thanks to Hostess with the Mostess, I found a cute way of preparing lunch for the birthday party! We’d set our version of small “starving artist” lunch boxes for each artist. Inside, a Smucker’s PB&J, sun chips, and gummies. The party itself will have beverages in coolers, filled with juices, soda (for coca cola/diet coke addicted parents), and water bottles. Three tables will be on opposite ends of the studio: one for gifts, one for activities, and one for snacks/plates/utensils/napkins/ cake/cupcakes. Placemats I can create and laminate for future Artsy Parties. Again, will post additional pictures soon!
Now comes my favorite part… the birthday cake and cupcakes! This is where working at Cold Stone Creamery as a cake decorator will come in handy! And what a better excuse for getting a Kitchen Aid mixer?! I can think of no better reason. Mwahahah….. Muchos kudos given to The Endearing Designer for this lovely inspiration for baked yummies! In addition to these, I will also prepare a lovely Vanilla Rainbow Cake for the birthday girl, equipped with an mini easel on top, labeled with a large “10!” written on it and Elizabeth’s name in calligraphy with icing. I think my favorite part will be to see everyone’s teeth color change due to the colorful feast! On the snack table will be a colorful rainbow fruit platter, chips & dip, and mini sandwiches for the starving artist’s parents.
I have read on various websites/blogs that an ice-cream bar is a wonderful treat… that’s really fancy stuff for a minimalist-like studio environment. But I cannot lie, I would LOVE to have a freezer for ice-cream and ice-cream cake! But I digress…
After all the sweets will come opening presents! Luckily, I have know this incredible photographer (no, not me! but thank you kindly) that can take pictures for the entire event and post them onto Shutterfly, where parents of the artists can purchase their favorites, in whatever size and quantity they wish, and Shutterfly will take care of the rest. Jacques (woot!) will be doing what he loves with someone who loves him… for his sister no less! I couldn’t think of a better person to capture this epic event!
[2:30-3:00 pm] Play games until the parent pick-up
I stumbled upon countless games for this particular theme. Picking one was pretty difficult, but I am pretty pleased with my choices.
One is called “Rainbow Relay” and it requires having two lines of artists, both lines facing their own poster with an outline of a rainbow on it. Then, there are two sets of 7 cups (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and pink) with one brush. Each team mate has to run up to the poster, grab the brush, dip it into the appropriate color, paint a ray on the rainbow, and then pass the brush to the next team mate. The first team to finish their rainbow (in correct rainbow order), WINS!
The next game I called “Colorful Mustaches” and it requires chairs to be set up (side by side, like musical chairs) and each child will have a bucket at their feet. In front of them will be a small basket with crayons in it. Each artist must grab the crayon with their upper lip and keep the crayon under their nose (like a mustache), they next have to successfully drop the crayon into the bucket. At the end of the timer, the artist with the most crayons in their bucket…. WINS! This will be a hoot and the pictures to come will be hilarious, I am sure!
Prizes & Goody Bags
Leanne (Elizabeth’s Mom) and I are probably going to raid a Michaels’ arts & crafts $1 section to create prize baskets. Add some cellophane and ribbon and Voila! For goody bags, I am creating these wonderful mini sketch books I found online. They are simple, up cycled, and colorful! We’ll have large, paper bags, from Publix, where we’ll hole punch two holes, fold over, and weave a paintbrush to keep it closed. It will hold prizes, goodies, cupcakes, and their crafts!
I am sure there will be revisions and accommodations to come in the future with this event. I still have to design the invitations, as well as matching ‘Thank You’ cards (No worries, I’ll post pictures along the way). We have until May. 26th to plan for everything we need. I am thrilled to be in charge of this undertaking and hope that it will be fun for all of Elizabeth’s family and friends. She means the world to me so planning this has felt more like a guilty pleasure than “work” but I guess that is just the plus side in doing what you love.