The most important thing to do when hosting a arts and crafts party is to make sure the table is covered. I ordered a large roll of brown craft paper and used it as my tablecloth. The girls at the party could paint and I would not have to worry about a huge mess.
My daughter, Lily, wanted to make kinetic sand, but we tried a recipe for that...no way was I sending that mess home. I was able to convince her to do a painting party. My initial thought was that I would lead a painting, but then I got the brilliant idea to have them paint their initials. They would be able to go home and hang them on their door or a wall in their room.
Paint, Washi tape, and Mod Podge were all ordered online, and we used paint brushes that the kids had gotten for Christmas
Lily set the boards on the table (and of course made a name tag for each girl) so that everything was ready for the party. Once the girls arrived they were each given a paper plate and chose the paint colors that they wanted to use. We did the painting part in shifts. They did their first coat, and then the girls ate the pizzas that they had made when they first came into the house. Once the letters had dried a bit they went back for another coat of paint or added Washi tape to embellish. We took another break so that Lily could open her gifts and then they coated their letters with Mod Podge. I will say that I ended up doing most of the Mod Podge because they were not putting it on heavy enough, and they were picking up some of the paint colors.
As you can see from the pictures, all of the letters turned out great.
I finally relaxed a bit after my husband poured me a beer (it was well hidden in a glass), and Lily had the time of her life.