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I hosted a pumpkin painting party for the local community. The kids had a great time and the adults were able to relax and see their kids have fun. A lot of adults even joined in on the painting fun. We did a couple DIY projects and I decided to share it with you guys.
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The first project I did were these cute goggly eyed monster cups!
STEP 1: GET SOME GOOGLY EYES.
STEP 2: GET YOUR PLASTIC CUPS. USE ANY COLOR YOU WANT.
STEP 3: GLUE THE EYES TO YOUR CUPS.
STEP 4: ADMIRE THE CUTENESS.
This is pretty self explanatory. We glued googly eyes to the cups. We use small ones and big ones and just kinda mismatched them. Then, we stuffed candy corn and mellowcreme pumpkins into little favor bags, twist tied them closed and put them inside the paper cups as “hair” for the monsters.
THE SECOND PROJECT WE MADE ARE THESE ADORABLE SUCKER PUMPKIN CENTERPIECES!
STEP 1 & DONE: PUSH SUCKERS INTO YOUR PUMPKIN
This project was another super simple DIY. Pretty self explanatory, we just pushed the suckers into the pumpkins! Super SIMPLE! I think it makes such a cute centerpiece for Fall and it’s perfect for kids’ parties for favors. (because we all know kids will mess with anything they can get their hands on. This centerpiece won’t get ruined…it’ll get bare, but not ruined or broken 😉 We used real pumpkins for this project and styrofoam pumpkins. Next year, I will just use styrofoam pumpkins. Pumpkins, like any fruit, start to rot as soon as they’re exposed to air. It makes for easier clean up and a more cleanly process.
TIME TO PAINT!
I mixed shaving cream with acrylic paint for a couple reasons.
1) it’s easier to get paint stains out out of clothing when you mix the paint with shaving cream. Every mom will appreciate this.
2) because kids LOVE the foamy texture
3) You don’t have to use as much because the paint DOUBLES & expands in size = saves you money
Here is another tip. Use muffin tins instead of painting trays. They’re easier to clean, you won’t need to buy as many because the kids can share the trays, they’re inexpensive, and it keeps the paint mixture separated while still keeping it kid-friendly.
THE FAVOR TRAY:
I used a plastic Halloween tray and placed pumpkin bubbles and [bat, spider and skull] rings, with a glittery pumpkin in the middle.
Wrap a sheet of coordinating tissue paper around a rock and tie it off with some ribbon. Curl the ends of the ribbon. This will ensure the balloons won’t fly away. It makes for an easy clean-up after the party is over, also.
The total cost I spend on this party was around $101.94
Paintbrushes (I work at a design center so I got a discount on these (.15 cents a piece). Check your local hardware/craft store
Refreshments: Cookies, suckers, hot chocolate, Grape Juicy Jucie & Lemon lime kool-aid
6 Pumpkin balloons
Thermal Pumpmaster (hot chocolate)
Ribbon (for balloons)
1 Cute plastic Halloween plate for party favors
2 Cute Plastic Halloween dishes for extra cookies
Glittery Jack o’ lanterns
Tablecloths (I bought 3 and only used 1)
Items like the cookie jar ($11) and the thermal pumpmaster ($17) ate at some of the cost and I ended up spending a little more than I wanted to. However, now I have a thermal and a cookie jar for future parties and I won’t have to worry about ever buying them again.
I am keeping all the plastic dinnerware (obviously) I had some napkins and party favors leftover that I can use next year.
Other things like the ribbon, paint, paintbrushes, etc.. are re-usable and are currently in my craft closet for future projects 😉