art party dessert table

For the third post in our new art birthday party series (#1 art party Crayola crayon craft, #2 create an art gallery) I styled an easy art party dessert table using two sizes of clear paint cans for serving dishes, mini easels (spray painted white for displaying the dessert tags) and bold damask blue fabric; all three items from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores), a beautiful square cake plate from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy’s and several of our new printables and a blue moire tablecloth from our art party collection.

And although the table was full of yummy desserts, my very favorite are these palette cookies  from our cookie partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage (available with the rest of the collection in the shoppe).

Because they’re butter cookies, not sugar cookies, they’re soft and literaly melt in your mouth (STC also created placecard cookies for the table so stop back in to see those lovelies or hop on into the shoppe if you just can’t wait)!  And the cake (flat iced with buttercream frosting), before it was embellished, cost me $5.99 per layer from the Kroger bakery.

Other treats included fun paint brush cake pops {thank you again Terri for testing and executing my idea so very perfectly!} and chocolate covered Oreos from Terri’s Treasures,

homemade cupcakes (I used Duncan Hines cake mix and Pillsbury icing since my youngest has severe dairy allergies and both are dairy free!),

marshmallow paint cans (I literally painted each marshmallow with a small amount of Karo syrup, just enough for them to be sticky, rolled them in colorful nonpareils and allowed them to dry overnight on wax paper. Be careful not to use too much Karo or your colors will run.),

bright gumballs (and the mini chocolates around the edge of the cake) from our friends at That’s So Sweet,

and just one more picture of the gumballs because the girls were just too cute! Plus, the applique/monogrammed birthday shirt to the left is available with the art party collection in the shoppe. All the other girls were wearing clothes from Sew Jewell on Etsy.


rainbow Twizzlers, apples and oranges. I do like to have a few healthy choices! Oh, and there was one more goody that made the debut at our art party dessert table, more to come on that one in a few weeks with a fun announcement! {wink}

For more art party details, visit my art birthday party collection in the shoppe and my creative Crayola crayon craft idea, how to create an art gallery complete with 3-D cupcake art, art party photo ops and art party placesettings with edible placecards. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

Photography by the fabulous Angie Arthur Photography!

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Kim Byers, creative director & owner of The Celebration Shoppe. Her work has been featured in Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, All You, Pregnancy, iVillage, Huffington Post and many others. Kim is also a contributing writer for Kellogg's Snackpicks and Parade magazine, as well as craft contributor for JoAnn.

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  1. 1

    Those cookies are perfection! Oh my!

  2. 2

    I love the entire thing! My son loves to draw and since there is so much blue, this could be perfect for a boy too! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  3. 3

    So creative, I love it! Thank you for the inspiration – and dairy free recipes! I’m thrilled to know that my girls can still eat Pillsbury frosting =)

  4. 4

    Thank you so much for including me on this amazing party Kim. You did such a great job styling it! I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to enjoy a party like this!!

  5. 5
    Christen says:

    I saw this over on Amy Atlas. Just beautiful! What did you make the backdrop sign out of?

    • 6

      Christen – the frames around EMMA are part of our printable collection. The letters themselves are tissue paper squares that we pinched (to make them stand out) and attached with hot glue. So glad you like it!

  6. 7

    Adorable ideas! Where did you get the empty clear paint cans?

    • 8

      Thanks for the blog comment and so glad you liked the party! You can find the clear paint cans at any craft store. These came from Michaels.

  7. 9

    Everything about this party is so cute and colorful!

  8. 10

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