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Creative & Sweet Pastel Art Birthday Party

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pastel art party dessert tables and paint chip invitations

Being a creative girl at heart, I always love seeing art themed parties come through the inbox – and this beautiful version that Stephanie from Couture Parties whipped up for her daughter has a fun twist: PASTELS!

Art parties usually come to life in bold, bright colors, but the pastel palette that Stephanie used here has such a lovely vibe to it that feels perfectly fitting for a young girl. The paint can birthday name garland has got to be one of my favorite details, not to mention the painter’s palette cookies, bento box lunches, and “art kits” (containing paint brushes, aprons, and canvases) that sat at each place setting, all tied up with a pretty satin bow. I’m also loving the stylish, retro-mod chair top covers that Stephanie sewed the night before the party (!) to add another big pop of color to the kraft-paper covered kids table.

pink and white cake pops, pink rice krispy treats, snacks in paint cans

pastel art party kids painting activity and kraft paper table cover

Read on for more pretty pastel art birthday party pictures + creative details…

pastel art party cake with pink and orange fondant peonies

painters palette sugar cookies

pastel art party painting and crafts

pastel art party dessert table with paint can and paint brush garland backdrop

pastel art party bento box kids lunches

pastel art party food, cake, and guests

pastel art party rainbow cake with fondant pink peonies

fondant pink peonies and fabric flower headbands

pink roses in vintage mason jars centerpiece

art party paint can and paint brush birthday banner

PARTY DETAILS, as told by Stephanie

Ellie is my baby, who acts like the oldest child. She is independent, speaks her mind, always wants to wear a dress, is funny, and is the definition of “street smart”. At 5 years old, she thinks she has this life thing figured out. Being a professional event planner, my process is, I have my clients give me all their ideas of what they want out their celebration. My job, to compute it all and make it cohesive and fun! Here were Ellie’s requests:

All Girls (only her brother, grandfather, and Dad were allowed)

  • She wanted her friends to have chicken nuggets
  • She wanted a big cake instead of cupcakes
  • She wanted to make headbands
  • She wanted to paint with her friends
  • She wanted Cadbury mini eggs
  • She wanted glitter
  • She wanted to jump in the trampoline.

So we talked it over, and we settled on an Art Party. Getting the inspiration from the pastel color palette of the Cadbury eggs, we thought that would be different then the standard primary that Art parties are known for.


We hit up our local hardware store to start brainstorming. Paint cans, pastel paints, paint brushes, and drop clothes were the foundation for the snack table. Michael’s had clear paint cans which were perfect vessels for the snacks. The actual table where the kids ate and did crafts was lined with kraft paper for easy clean up in between projects. We made 2 paper pinwheel type centerpieces to hang over the table, it was made out of cardstock, a wooden dowel, and a hole punch and hung with fishing line. The white folding chairs got a little makeover with chair top covers I sewed the night before because I was looking for a little more color on the table. The front of the cans with snacks in them, I made glitter paintbrushes out of paper that had tissue paper I made into fringe to look like a brush. When everyone first arrived they had a canvas, an apron, and paintbrushes at their seat to start their first activity.

Ellie wanted to paint, so that was the first project. Everyone created their own masterpiece that they later took home has their favor. After painting was lunch. After lunch, they then made heart sequin headbands. I got black stretchy head bands from the dollar bin at Target, cut out hearts from felt, sewed them on to the headband. Each girl was given a cupcake liner filled with sequins and some glue. I had also made fabric flowers in advance and the girls were able to pick what type of flower headband they would like, again these were their favors as well. In between all of this, they were outside jumping like kangaroos in the trampoline!


My daughter likes a plate filled with things she can dip or eat in one bite, so I made chicken nuggets (per her request) and each little girl got their own custom lunchable pack that had cheese, grapes, crackers, and a cookie. There were mostly healthy snacks for them to pick at, but of course there were a few treats mixed in! (M & M’s, Cadbury Eggs, Palette Cookies, and Rice Krispy treats) . The cake was made of two layers, that each tier had 3 layers of colors, vanilla frosting, and 3 sugar made peony flowers.

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  1. Michelle - I DO invitations by michelle April 24, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Oh my gosh is this party GORGEOUS! Love the paint can backdrop and the cake is stunning! Looks like such a fun party!

  2. Michele April 24, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Where can I find the ‘bento boxes’? I think they would be perfect for my daughter’s Tea Party in a few weeks!

    • stephanie @ Couture Parties April 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you so much for your AMAZING comments, you really know how to make a party planner feel great :) Those boxes are actually by Martha Stewart and I got them at Joann’s! Hope this helps.

  3. Windy City Novelties April 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I love the cake pops and cookies as well as the hanging paint cans and brushes! They are all very cute for this party! I also liked how everyone gets a canvas with a paintbrush and cloth.

  4. Kristy :: Make Life Cute April 24, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Soo adorable! Love all the fab details!

  5. Betty April 24, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Love the idea…my brain is turning…how to tweak for a boy’s party? I will soon have my third boy!! :-)

  6. sr19 April 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    FYI … The link for ‘It’s My Party’, the cake and cookie supplier is not accurate

    • jenn s. April 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Fixed it! Thanks for the heads up:)

  7. {amy k.} April 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    love this! the hanging paint cans and brushes is a great touch!

  8. allison April 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I love the palette cookies, great job NP sweet shoppe!

  9. Lisa-Sweet Pop Studio April 25, 2012 at 11:26 am

    This party is brilliant! The backdrop is so creative and imaginative. I died when I saw it! Love that you used pastels to change it up from the traditional. And I super dooper love the canvas favor pack. Fab-u-lous!

  10. Lily May 28, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Great party!! Where did u buy the little canvas’ ??? Thank you

  11. Brandi Brown June 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    How did you print on the paint cards??

    • Emily August 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      OOH! I’d also like to know how you printed on the paint cards!

    • Nikki August 27, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      I would like to know this too….PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!! I need to make some ASAP for my daughters and fell in LOVE with this invite!!!

    • Stephanie at Couture Parties August 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Hello! I printed on clear address labels, then put them on the paint cards :) hope this helps!

  12. Nikki August 29, 2012 at 12:06 am

    GENIUS…thanks so much!!!

  13. Ami December 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Love the pastel colors! Def different from the normal bold colors! I am having a painting party for my 5 yr old next month. Where did you find empty paint cans for the backdrop?

  14. Cheryl Valdriz June 22, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Hello! Who provided the paper bento boxes and how can I order them? Thanks in advance!

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