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Rainbow Paint Themed Birthday Party

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Paint themed birthday party dessert table

Let’s get creative! Taleen of Simple Little Details painted a true masterpiece with an amazing Polka Dot & Rainbow Paint Themed Birthday Party for her daughter’s 3rd birthday.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Rainbow dessert table with SUPER CLEVER paint can backdrop
  • Rainbow-frosted cupcakes on a paint palette cut-out
  • Polka dot rainbow layer cake
  • Paint can centerpieces with multicolor florals
  • Canvas, apron & paintbrush place settings for the little artists to create their own masterpieces!

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Taleen

Little Nicole loves to draw and paint, so we thought why not have a paint-themed party! The party was taking place in the backyard so I knew I wanted bright and bold colors such as fuchsia, aqua, and lime green that would really pop on a summer afternoon. The polka dot pattern was a perfect complement to the colors and theme.

Dining Tables

  • The dining tables were covered in fuchsia linens with a polka dot runner. For the centerpieces, I purchased empty paint cans and filled them with bright colored flowers that matched the theme (one color per bucket).
  • I used green floral foam at the bottom of the cans and stuck the flowers into the foam so that they would stand straight up.

Kids Tables

The kids’ table was a huge hit! Floating above the table was a cluster of bright polka dot balloons. Each kid got an individual paint packet to create their own masterpiece. The packet included a blank canvas, apron, painter’s palette, and paintbrushes. To make sure the birthday girl felt special, I added a little banner to her chair that read “I am 3.”

Drink Table

  • We had raspberry lemonade and citrus-infused water-filled in dispensers for a pretty presentation.
  • Paper straws that matched the colors of the party had a “Nicole is three” tag for a special touch.

Adult Activity – Painter’s Easel

Since the kids were going to have so much fun painting, I wanted to have a little activity for the adults as well. I had a blank canvas that I displayed on a painter’s easel with a little note asking guests to help create a masterpiece for Nicole. All the adults got to add their own little painting to the canvas and it ended up being a fun keepsake for the birthday girl!

Party Favors

  • For the favors, I filled mini clear paint can containers with gumballs, and added a “thanks for painting with me” sticker.

Dessert Table

This was my favorite part! For the backdrop, I hung paint cans at varying heights that spelled out the birthday girl’s name. I also cut paper to create zig-zag streamers and attached them to the bottom of the paint cans. This gave the effect that paint was “spilling” out of the cans!

Desserts included paintbrush pretzels, paintbrush rice krispy treats, and mini cupcakes on painter’s palettes. We dressed up a simple cake with a mini banner I made. The inside of the cake, however, had a fun surprise. Each layer had a different color to match the theme of the party!

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  1. Michelle - I DO invitations by michelle July 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    This is so darn cute! Love the colors and those paint cans with her name are darling!

  2. Kate July 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Love this colorful party theme. Birthday cake is so nice.Dessert table decorations are also good.

  3. Lisette Wolter-McKinley July 10, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I never grow tired of the rainbow cake!

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    Where did you find the clear favor buckets? I love them!

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  9. Jessica January 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    How did you make the decorations that are hanging below each letter of her name?

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  11. Michelle Q June 17, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Love this! Where did you get the small clear paint cans? They’re so cute!!

  12. Nikki B June 23, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    where did you get the paper goods and such? I love the polka dots theme.

  13. Nicholle Gregg July 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I’m doing an art theme for my daughter’s 5th birthday. Could you please tell me where I could find the little tags that say: Every child is an artist… ~ Picasso
    I would really like to get some of those. Thank you so much!!!

  14. Barbara Broyles August 23, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Where can I find the invitations? And all the little signs for the buckets?

  15. Elizabeth B. November 1, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Love it! Where did u find the sponge shape brushes for kid?

  16. Marie Bennett November 12, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Where did you get the invites and all the tags?

    • Allison Ozols March 31, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Please tell me where I can get these invitations and other paper goods, they would be perfect for my daughters birthday.

  17. Andrea Jobb December 27, 2014 at 7:02 am

    what is the size of those party favor paint cans

  18. Felicia Johnspn January 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Where Did u find those clear paint cans?

  19. Stacey Metz January 25, 2015 at 5:02 am

    What size was the canvas for the kids?

  20. Marlo February 21, 2015 at 6:00 am

    What size canvas did you use for the kids?

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  22. Staci April 6, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    What type of paint did you use? Acrylics or washable? Planning my daughter’s paint party now! THanks

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  26. ali November 4, 2015 at 11:45 am

    do you have templates for this? I love the backgrounds and colors!

  27. Luisa April 2, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Hi! Where did you get the paint sets for the kids? I’m planning a paint party for my daughter and love the ideas! Also, the clear paint cans. Where did you find those?
    Thank you!

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