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.

Rainbow Fruit & Veggies

Cassie at Hi Sugar Plum found a colorful way to sneak healthy snacks in to the party. Here strawberries, cherry tomatoes, cheddar cheese, carrots, pineapple, green grapes, celery, blue licorice and blackberries add a big splash of color to the table!

photo: Cassie via Hi Sugar Plum

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

— Helen Walker Green