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.

Art To Go

"Every child is born an artist" said Pablo Picasso, and this inspiring quote is just right for these cute party favors. Event Designer Taleen Shirikian of Simple Little Details put together aprons with a palette, paintbrush and sponge. Guests can leave the party inspired to create art again and again.

photo: Karen Santos of Heartbeats Photography

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

— Helen Walker Green