Colored pencils, scissors, markers and paintbrushes filled the jars. Alongside is some of Elise's original artwork. (hmm, I think she was 3!)
I found these old fashioned striped paper straws on 62cards' Etsy shop, and added the flags to them. Don't they look sweet in the old mason jar? I found quite a few at a local antique shop, and I borrowed some from my mother in law.
We made "windsocks" out of embroidery hoops and crepe paper. I found the directions in Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
Elise helped me add ribbon to our cake stand to match the party. I found these little cupcake liners by Meri Meri at a local shop Francesca's Collection at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. We purchased petit fours at The Fresh Market.
Some more mason jars with flowers for decoration
I made some scissor and paint palatte cookies. I left some of the palatte cookies undecorated so that the kids could do it. To keep it simple, I iced the cookies with white royal icing and let them dry. When it was time for the kids to decorate, I piped icing around the palattes so the kids could add their choice of colored sugars.
The kids painted aprons with fabric paint and colored wooden tops, which I purchased from Discount School Supply. We also made paper pinwheels with double sided scrapbook paper and wooden dowels. I found these wonderful printable picture frames at One Charming Party and the kids colored self portraits.
For favors, I purchased shimmery watercolor paint at Discount School Supply. I found packages of colored pencils for $1.00 at Big Lots, along with glue sticks. I added some art erasers, put it all in a cellophane bag and put a sticker on it from Dimpleprints that said "Thanks for Crafting With Me." We also purchased some balsa wood dolls and cars for the kids to decorated at home from Michael's, also for one dollar a piece.
My daughter asked for an angle food cake with cream cheese icing. I tried to talk her out of it, since I am not a great cake baker, so I just covered it up with more cookies! :) She liked it and I guess that's all that matters.
Happy Birthday my little artist!