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.

DIY Garden Art

With just a handful of supplies, mom Lacy Stroessner of Living on Love made a simple tree trunk painting spot for her kids. Psst! We think Lacy's idea of using egg cartons as her go-to paint palette—they're recyclable and easy to clean up—is genius!

photo: Lacy Stroessner via Living on Love 

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— Helen Walker Green