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Colorful & Creative, Art-Inspired Birthday Party

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Art Inspired Birthday Party

I’m pretty much head-over-heels in LOVE with this colorful Art-inspired Birthday Party that Abigail from Paper & Cake created for her daughter’s 9th birthday! Maybe it’s because looking at these photos takes me back to one of my favorite activities as a kid… or maybe it’s the insanely adorable “Rainbow Cakeball Palette” (ya, I’m pretty sure those have something to do with it!) – but this party just looks like such a blast. Sometimes the simple concepts are the best!

If you’d like to recreated a similar get-together at home, the adorable “paint splash” printables used throughout the party available in the Paper & Cake etsy shop. {I really think you could incorporate these cool printables into some creative adult-oriented celebrations as well!}

Art Inspired Birthday Party

Read on for LOTS more COLORFUL & inspiring images….

Art Inspired Birthday Party

Art Inspired Birthday Party

Art Inspired Birthday Party

Art Inspired Birthday Party

Art Inspired Birthday Party

Art Inspired Birthday Party

Art Inspired Birthday Party

Art Inspired Birthday Party

Art Inspired Birthday Party

Art Inspired Birthday Party

Art Inspired Birthday Party

Art Inspired Birthday Party

Art Inspired Birthday Party

Art Inspired Birthday Party

Art Inspired Birthday Party


Abigail’s mom is the director of AMOCA (American Museum of Ceramic Art), and she came to the party to do a special instruction on abstract painting for the kids! There were 4 stations for different kinds of art projects, including Canvas Painting & Tote Bag Stamping!

In you’d like extremely detailed, step-by-step instructions on everything you see above & more, Abigail also created a 25-page Art Birthday Party Guide that’s also available in the Paper & Cake etsy shop. Here’s a {very small} excerpt on the adorable cake balls:

In conjunction with your centerpiece, you will want a colorful display of yummy treats. These inexpensive artist’s palettes were the perfect solution for a party without a traditional cake. The colorful rainbow of cakeballs were made by Terri’s Party Treasures, and shipped across the US in two days. The cakeballs are available in every cake flavor, and are coated in chocolate. The palettes are offered in three sizes – we used the small 9-1/2 x 6-1/2” ovals with seven “wells”. A new and clean paintbrush was placed on top for added interest.

By |2018-02-07T08:17:55+00:00March 18th, 2011|Kids Birthday, Parties for Girls, Theme Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Tori March 18, 2011 at 10:58 am

    So bright and fun. I would even like that for my birthday party — kid or not!

    • jenn s. March 18, 2011 at 11:02 am

      I was thinking the same thing! :)

  2. Aaliyah Goodman March 18, 2011 at 11:03 am

    How fun!!! Great ideas!

  3. Jessica March 18, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Totallt just had a spin art flashback.

  4. Jackie Culmer March 18, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Amazing! I love this! So original and fresh. LOVE the cake balls on the artist palettes.

  5. Terri Williams March 18, 2011 at 11:51 am

    How exciting, 2 days in a row featured on HWTM, thank you to Abigail from Paper and Cake for asking me to part of this party and supply the cake balls!
    Great party!

    • abigail March 20, 2011 at 9:48 am

      thank YOU terri! your rainbow of cakeballs was so beautiful to look at… not to mention DELISH!

  6. Do {Piggy Bank Parties} March 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I adore the CREATIVITY of this unique party! Simple concept with AMAZING style!

  7. Danna March 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I love the cake balls! So cute! :)


  8. Lulu March 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Colouring, rainbows and children all together = perfect photos and bright memories. What an inspired idea.

  9. Jenn from Much to My Delight March 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    The rainbow cakeballs on the artist’s palette is one of the most creative things I’ve seen in a long time. So, so cute!!

  10. rings March 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Beautiful images, so creative.

  11. Terry March 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    What a fantastic theme!

  12. Rowaida Flayhan March 19, 2011 at 2:52 am

    Love it soo beautiful and artistic birthday

  13. Carissa March 19, 2011 at 7:34 am

    How creative! I love it :)

  14. Daniela March 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Another AMAZING party wow ! The palette cake balls OMG Loved them!


  15. Chris @ Celebrations At Home March 20, 2011 at 8:19 am

    So many original details! Love this, Abigail!

    • abigail March 20, 2011 at 9:46 am

      thanks Chris – it was such a fun one! and completely inspired by my art loving 9 year old :)

  16. Savvy Beautiful March 20, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Creative! No kids yet, but my husband, being an artist, would love this! So I think some of the decor could even be used for his birthday party!Looks like lots of fun for the kids.

  17. Jessica @ Pen N' Paperflowers Studio & Design March 21, 2011 at 7:05 am

    LOVE this. The colors are so wonderful and I love the unique theme! The cake ball paint palette is SO adorable.

  18. Pallavi March 21, 2011 at 10:00 am

    So creative,The cakeballs on the artist’s palette is one of the most creative things I have seen!
    Question:Where can i find those small tabletop easels that were kept as favors??


    • abigail March 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      hi pallavi, those easels are from ikea… thanks!

  19. marianne March 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

    amazing ideas! SO CREATIVE.

  20. [email protected] March 22, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I love this! I’m having a painting party for my twins in a couple of weeks! So inspiring!

  21. HACB March 23, 2011 at 5:39 am

    I love every detail. Thanks for sharing!

    I’m expecting a little one just days before my daughter’s second birthday. When they are a few years older this will be a GREAT joint birthday idea for girl and boy siblings of different ages. Not to mention my daughter and I share a birthday so it will be for me too! Now I just have to remember to find this in a few years! :)

  22. jociandi March 24, 2011 at 5:34 am

    I do love this site, but sometimes it is a little bit too much. Is it necessary to make cards for peaches and gummy bears, water etc?

  23. Newborn gifts March 24, 2011 at 8:52 am

    those vanilla cake balls, amazing! I am so making those!

  24. Amber-Lee March 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Wow! So much detail! How long did it take to set all of that up? A day or more than a day?

    • abigail March 24, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      hi amber-lee… i usually collect all of the elements over the course of a few days time – finding serving dishes, purchasing the food and also printing/cutting out the labels and other printable decorations. once you have all the pieces, set up is a snap :)

  25. newborn gifts March 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    It had to of taken more than a day to cook it all, and set it all up. We are moving up soon, and I totally want to do this for our housewarming party! So excited

  26. Isis Antelo March 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I love all the great ideas you have.

  27. www.monogrammedeverything.com April 1, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Some of these parties are so awesome…I feel like a bad mom LOL

  28. Malinda March 10, 2012 at 7:00 am

    This is amazing. I love everyhting about this.

  29. Ivette April 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Hi, I wondered what the invitations you used look like? Are they included in the set of printables available to purchase? Thanks for the great ideas!

  30. Stacy Walls May 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Hello….where did you find the palette plate to sign? I love that idea :)

  31. Rhonda September 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Can you tell me where she found the wooden easels?

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