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A Picasso Inspired Boy’s Art Themed Birthday Party

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Get creative with a boy’s birthday party idea like this Picasso-inspired art themed birthday party, designed and styled by mom and party planner Misha Perritt, of A Lovely Design. The theme was a natural choice for celebrating her art-loving son, Max. Grab your sketch book to capture suggestions because this party is filled with artistic genius! Your creative juices will be flowing as you view ideas for art project activities, colorful decorations and delicious

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To give the invite an artistic feel, Misha incorporated a black chalkboard image and pops of vibrant “paint”. Her printable invitation was filled with necessary party details (I love the wording): “Paint, color, sculpt and glue. Max wants to create with you!” And of course, the Picasso party was held at Max’s very own Perritt Gallery.

Boys Art Themed Birthday Party Table Setting Ideas

Misha wanted the party space to feel like an art explosion.  She accomplished this by styling a colorful dessert table.  Using a black tablecloth for her backdrop, she created a focal point by designing and hanging cute signage.  There was no mistaking “Max’s Awesome Art Party” theme! Over a dozen paper lanterns and tissue poms in a variety of sizes and rainbow colors hung from the ceiling. The finishing touch was a festive tissue tassel garland and pennant banner that combined to dress up the front of the table. The saturated colors definitely made an eye-catching display!

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Boys Art Birthday Party Food Ideas

The dessert table was bright and fun, but I’m sure the variety of treats was also enticing. A cupcake tower displayed printable-topped cupcakes, while a cake stand gave rise to chocolate-dipped, giant marshmallows and Rice Krispy treat pops!

Boys Art Birthday Party Table PLace Setting Ideas


When young artists arrived at Perritt Gallery, they received a personalized apron.  Misha created a custom design with iron-on paper and added it to purchased solid-colored aprons. The aprons came in handy during all of the art projects, including a Picasso pizza making station!

Boys Art Birthday Party Table PLace Setting Ideas

Boys Art Themed Party Table Setting

The gallery was set with creation stations for each party guest. I love the mini easels with name cards marking each artist’s spot.  An art palette and sculpting tools were at each place setting along with “creative juice” to get the inspiration flowing.

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Another fun activity was using Sculpey clay to create Picasso faces.  Misha baked the finished pieces in her oven to help them harden by the party’s end.

Making Picasso lollipops was the next art activity.  Using crushed Jolly Rancher candies, kids got to create their own edible masterpieces.  The candies were heated in the oven for 6 minutes at 350, and then a sucker stick was added before the masterpieces cooled.

boys art themed birthday party

The final art party activity involved making Picasso portraits.  Budding artists were encouraged to draw an abstract portrait of themselves using chalk pastels and black construction paper.  What a fun activity!

Boys Art Themed Birthday Party Favor Ideas

The creativity didn’t end when the party was over.  Misha sent guests home with orange buckets filled to the brim with art related party favors.  I love the extra touch of personalizing each favor bucket with guest names and a cute thank you from the guest of honor for “making [his] party a masterpiece.”

Looks to me like Max’s flair for the creative might just come from his talented mama!

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Jennifer Carver

As the mother of 4 children, 3 of whom are busy boys, much of Jen's free time is spent at the ball field, brushing up on video game terminology and building Lego towers. Jen is the owner and creative mind behind Banner Events. With a passion for event planning & party styling and an obsession with the little details that take an event from ordinary to extraordinary, Jen wakes up every morning excited to get to work.