Paint by Numbers 6

A DIY Watercolor Art Party!

My daughter Maggie loves art — drawing, painting, you name it. So, for her 5th birthday, I planned a watercolor art party. As a professional party planner, I’m all about the details but for a kid’s birthday it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. That’s where the DIY elements come in!
Invitations | Maggie hand painted watercolor invitations for all of her friends. We made a fun day out of it, and she was able to paint a special, personalized invite for each friend. It was a wonderful way to involve her in the process, and it also set the tone for the theme.

Place cards | I used whole paint swatches to make a place card for each child.
Cake | To go along with the watercolor theme, Jen from Lucky’s Bakehouse, made a stunning watercolor cake. She hand painted the two-layer cake pink with touches of gold.

Art supplies | We gave each child his/her own art set and a small canvas at each place setting. The activity at the party was for the children to make their own masterpieces. Some children painted while others used markers and pastels.
Decorations | I found watercolor painted balloons that I hung above the table. For the main wall, I used white butcher paper and watercolors to hand paint a sign with the number five. I also made the paper garland using scalloped paper and watercolor paints. Several pieces of Maggie’s watercolor art were hung on the wall, too.


  • White butcher block paper
  • Paint swatches in a variety of colors from your local paint store (I 
 went to Guiry’s)
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape or glue


Step 1: Lay down white butcher paper on the table.

Step 2: Cut the paint swatches into individual boxes.

Step 3: Using glue or tape (I just set the swatches in place), place the swatches in an ombre fashion down the length of the table. I chose pinks, purples, greens and blues; however, you could do it with one color or multiple colors, depending on the theme.