Hello friends! My beautiful daughter is home from college for the summer, which makes me soooo happy:). I miss her tons when she is at school, but I know in my heart that being away is what is best for her. So before you know it , we will be packing her up to head back to school, and I thought it would be great fun to invite some of her friends and their moms over before we all say good bye again for another school year. And what better way to do that then by combining some socializing with some much needed dorm room art?! Since this is Julie’s second year away and she will be staying in a sorority house with all new girls. I want her to have something special to remind her of home. Please note that there are some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to view my full disclosure policy. So here’s my easy, peasy canvas painting party guide
- Send out an invite at least 4 weeks in advance ( these are college kids, they are super busy)! Ask each mom to let you know in advance what their daughter’s (son’s) school colors or dorm room colors are. Also mention ahead of time that the guests should come to the party with one or two ideas for their art work saved on their phones.
- Pick up two canvases for each guest, one 11 x 14 and one 8 x 10.
- If you don’t already have a stock pile of acrylic paints, pick up an assortment pack at your local craft store, similar to the one I found here on Amazon (link here). Since I’m planning on making this a small gathering with just really close girlfriends, I’m sure these moms will be happy to help with supplies and food too!
- Check out what other craft supplies you might need to get-Paint pens are really great to use for writing quotes. I use Elmer’s paint pens. Tracing paper might be a good idea too for those of us who are more artistically challenged. In the past my daughter and her friends have just free handed their art work, and I must say they all look really great!
- Several different sizes of paint brushes, they don’t have to be great, in fact cheap is better, so you can toss them later, painter’s tape, and a hair dryer to help speed up the drying process.
Make sure you have something to cover your table with, and start stock piling some small plastic cups for water dishes. Each guest should have her own water dish, to prevent reaching and possibly messing up someone’s art work. Yoplait yogurt containers make for great brush holders.
Allow at least 3 hours for the party, not including snacking time, because usually the designs are going to include more than one color and possibly more than one coat of paint, so you need to build in drying time.
Wine, beer, ice tea, water bottles, soda
veggie tray with hummus
cheese and cracker tray
Assorted candies in school colors
I like to include at least one of my kids favorite snacks to the menu and Julie will fill me in on her friends favorites too. Since it’s summer time, I will stock up on s’more makings, and make sure there is wood for our fire pit. And when I say easy, I mean it. I’ll just go to my local food store after work, grab the trays, and set up in about 30 minutes.
What is the most fun about this kind of party, is the bonding time you get with your teenager/ adult child. That time is so rare and precious now. It’s just great to interact with their friends, and get to know them better as adult friends. I’m so looking forward to this party!