Arty crafty party
Get creative with an arty theme, carried through to the food and décor. Here are some ideas

An arty party is easy to arrange at home, if you do some forward planning. The trick is in choosing a craft activity that is sure to appeal to the guests. If you get it all set up before hand, you shouldn’t be madly busy on the day.

Crafty parties work best for a smaller crowd; if there are too many kids they tend to get distracted.

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Use artist-inspired items like palettes and paint brushes. The paint splodge is an impactful motif. Cut them out of different coloured paper and use them on invitations, table-settings, even walls.

We also provided fabric paint and paintbrushes, for party artists to paint the table cloth as a keepsake for the birthday child.

Party games

Cake decorating

Turn the birthday cake into a party game. You provide 2 cakes, icing and decorations, laid out separately. The children are divided into 2 teams, each team trying to make the most beautiful job of decorating the cake.

But here’s the trick: one person from each team is blindfolded and has to do the actual decorating. The rest of her team has to guide her in picking the decorations and putting them into the right place. It’s hilariously good fun.

Craft ideas

There are many options, ranging in difficulty and in cost. Take a
look at your local craft store for ideas.

  • Takkies

Decorate plain white canvas takkies using fabric paints, glue and sequins. The fabric paint that comes in pen form is easiest to work with on small areas.

  • Door sign

Buy blank signs from a craft shop or have the hardboard precut to size at your local hardware store and use string to make the hook. Have plenty of small brushes available. Acrylic paint is recommended. You can also varnish the door sign once the paint and glue have dried.

  • Alice band

Give each girl a cloth-covered Alice band in a neutral colour. Offer a selection of things – silk flowers, bits of lace, glitter – to glue on to pretty them up.

  • Pencil tops

Buy a box of pencils and various colours of iClay or Bostik’s Crazy Clay. Children can make animals and other designs for the tops of their pencils.

  • Mosaic mirror

Buy one mirror tile per child. Ask you local hardware store to cut hardboard squares about 5cm's bigger than the tile, all round. Precut mosaic tiles are easy to use and give a nice effect.

Hire an entertainer

There are lots of great craft parties available, making everything
from dreamcatchers to jewellery.

  • Candle dipping keeps girls and boys occupied for ages, as they dip and redip their candles into the wax. As there is hot wax involved, this isn’t suitable for very young children.
  • Ceramics painting is a nice option. The children paint the plates, cups or whatever you have chosen, the party organiser fires them and returns them to you a few days later.
  • Browse or for options.

Venues for arty crafty parties

  • Moyo, Zoo Lake, Johannesburg (011) 646 0058
  • Kinglets and Queenies, Roodepoort 079 736 7113
  • Peace of Art, Port Elizabeth 082 770 9994
  • Smart Artz, Linton Grange, PE 083 457 6986
  • Smudge, Craighall (011) 501 0234
  • The Park Children’s Tea Garden, Seaview Rd, Chelsea 084 578 0518
  • Hedgehog Lane Party Place (011) 463 8692

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