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.

Arty Cupcakes

Decorated with bright solid colors, these yummy chocolate cupcakes look just like paint pots on an artist's palette. You can eat the paintbrush, too—it's a breadstick topped with three rolled out and fringed Tootsie Rolls and a red Fruit Roll Up. Head over to Simple Girl at Home to see more of Rachel's art party.

photo: Rachel via Simple Girl at Home

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— Helen Walker Green