Every child is an artist. – Picasso
This is the most color this site will ever see :) It is also my longest blog posting ever, so you may want to grab a coffee, sit down and relax.
My youngest son just celebrated his 2nd birthday with not 1, but 2 parties. Yes we start having more than one party at 2 years of age. Crazy, but fun! This is the dessert bar from his “friends” party. 2 is still a tough age for them to be into anything long enough to plan a party around, so I decided to go with an art party theme. I like having backgrounds for my dessert tables and came across this crayon canvas. I rushed out and grabbed my supplies and got DIYing. This is a 48″ canvas and required 2 boxes of 96 crayons. All you really do is glue the crayons to the top of the canvas and hold a hair dryer to them until the wax runs down. It was super easy to make and really makes a statement.
We live in a very monochromatic home so this piece has since found a new and loving home.
And this is the dessert table from the family party. Which one do you like better?
An art party, needs paint, and to paint, you need brushes. These taste way better and don’t leave a mess on your clothes.You just have to love Pinterest, and this is one of those lovely items I came across on the site. These edible crayons are simply pretzel rods with the ends dipped in melting chocolate. The crayon wrappers are a download and available on many sites. I grabbed mine here.Of all the things I made for the party (s), these cupcakes were the most labor intensive and will probably not be made again. It wasn’t so much the multicolored cupcake that took time, it was dividing up the icing evenly, adding color and icing each cupcake a different color that drove me batty. I used a marshmallow fluff icing that the kids really seemed to like, the cupcakes? Not as much.This is the table setting for party #1. I covered the table with the background paper I use for my photo sessions and then using chalkboard paint, I painted a placemat for each child. They also each had their own chalk and were free to go crazy with their drawings. The best part? All of the kids were under 6, and they actually stayed in their seats and drew and ate their lunch. It was a birthday miracle! I can’t say it will work for you, but I am bringing chalk with me the next time we eat out at a restaurant.
The table seemed bare without a centerpiece and when I came across these 3D balls from How About Orange, I knew they would be perfect. You can make your own by visiting their site here.Because a Little Picasso has to eat!
This is quite possibly my most favorite cake ever. Not necessarily for the taste but for the uniqueness of it.. I knew I wanted to do a rainbow layered cake, but was dreading having to ice the darn thing. I see perfectly iced cakes online and have watched how-to videos on YouTube, but I really wanted to keep my sanity through the whole thing. I was watching Rachel Ray and she was featuring super easy and quick ways to ice your cake. One of them was to pipe chocolate onto parchment and once it was dry, gently place the hardened chocolate on your cake and you’re done. That got me thinking. I had lots of left over melting chocolate, so I started piping it onto parchment as she suggested. Then I decided to take it one step further. I remembered my oldest son had made a drawing of our family including his younger brother. We are a family of 4 (and will stay that way:) so I am not sure who the others are on there, but that is for another day. I took my son’s drawing and placed it under the parchment and traced the drawing with the melted chocolate and once it was ready I covered the cake. I think it worked out great and really fit with the “art party” theme, and hid my pathetic attempt to smooth ice the cake.
The guests at the party were impressed with the outside of the cake, but there were many oohs and ahhs once the cake was finally cut.White chocolate lollipops, yum!I picked these drinks up from Planet Organic because I thought that they looked like paint splatters and were too cute to pass up. This was the least stressed I have been for a party, and I think it was in part due to the food. This time around we had out guests “make their own masterpiece” with sandwiches. We offered up a few suggestions for some artisan sandwiches but really it was our guests decision. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought about a food bar sooner, but you can guess that we will have one every party from now on as it was too easy, and had minimal prep involved. When it comes to the actual party, I want to enjoy it along with my guests and this is probably the first time I’ve done that.
This is another Pinterest gem from Seven Sisters that worked great for my art party. Using paint samples I picked up from a local hardward store, I sewed the edges together and that became the napkin + utensil holder.
And lastly, here is a picture of my now 2 year old. He is such a sweetheart and was pretty accommodating in letting me capture some images of him at this great stage.
Happy Birthday Giuliano, we all love you like crazy!