Are you searching for fun things to do this summer? Maybe you want to host a fun birthday party at-home but you’re not sure what to do? Hosting a splatter party playdate, or party, is a simple way to create a fun event that’s going to give everyone something to take home at the end of the event.
1. Get the Supplies
You are going to need a canvas for each child that is attending the party. For a good selection of paint, you can choose ten different colors (or more) from the paint selection at the dollar store. Dollar tree has a great selection of colors, and is one of my favorite places to find the paint. It’s not likely you’re going to use the entire bottle, so you will have paint left over for your collection.
Tip: You can get canvases at the dollar store, or use the coupons that are frequently available from Michaels to save 40-50% off of a package of multiple canvases (better quality).
2. Set up the Space
Setting the splatter party play date up outdoors means you’re not going to get paint everywhere. We used three colored plastic table cloths from the dollar store, and attached them to the fence to create a backdrop for the painting area. This way, you’re not going to have paint everywhere (except for the grass). Setting up multiple stations means allowing the kids to take turns playing and painting, and helps to keep it contained to one area.
A plastic table cloth is cheap ($3) and can be easily taken down to make clean up a breeze. Make sure it’s not windy, at all, when you’re setting up the outdoor playdate. Also, silicon trays or ice trays make the perfect paint holders, and you can throw them in the dishwasher when you’re finished. Looking for a disposable option? Solo cups are another great choice.
3. Set up a Cleaning Station
Use warm soapy water, sponges and cloths to make it simple to keep those hands clean. Make sure that you direct people to wear older clothes at the party, because it’s likely the kids are going to get paint on themselves. When the kids are finished making their splatter creation, they can head over to the clean up station and get those hands sparkling again.
4. Don’t Forget the Snacks
One of my favorite snacks for the party was inexpensive, and easy to make. I picked up a package of two bite brownies from Costco ($10) and splattered them with some icing that we made from on-hand ingredients to make these ‘splatter paint brownies’. In fact, Olivia did most of the work on these, practising her splatter technique. We made just a handful, since Olivia
5. Let the Splatter Art Dry
Have a table set up, or allow the pieces of art to hang from the fence where they were splattered to make sure that everyone’s creation dries before it’s time to bring it home.