Art parties are joyously messy fun for both kids and parents, and the summer months are a fab chance to do a little en plein-air painting. Take your paintbrushes, sponges and mini Monet’s outside and watch the creativity craze begin. When your “starving artists” need snacks and treats—we’ve got those covered, too. Flip through for 11 ways to host an inspiring outdoor art party.

Colorful ABC’s

Judy from Cutest Little Things filled tin buckets with these easy-to-make alphabet crayons. Just melt down unwrapped broken crayons in alphabet silicone molds. Mary from Living the Sunshine Life tells you how.

photo: Judy via Cutest Little Things

Let us know about your outdoor art party ideas in the comments below!

— Helen Walker Green