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.

Clean Up Time

After carefully putting away finished masterpieces, it's time to bring on the water balloons! And the squirt gun and the kiddie pool! If all else fails, hose 'em down. What better way to clean up party guests (and your yard) after an art party? Eva Marie of Couturier Mommy has fab tips.

photo: Eva Marie via Couturier Mommy

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— Helen Walker Green