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Everything you need for a… DIY paint-your-own party

Painting parties are so much fun but they can be very expensive when held at a craft shop; often around £12-15 per child. It’s a great idea for a birthday party but it can be easily recreated at home for a fraction of the cost. My daughter, Lola, had a painting party at home this year and she loved it – read more about it in my diary entry.   Here’s everything you need for the perfect, frugal Painting Party…


Click here to download free, printable invitations for your painting party, to make sure the little painters know when to arrive.


Paint your own

Hobbycraft have a brilliant range of paint-your-own items, such as: jewellery boxes, money boxes, bird houses, ornaments and photo frames. They have lots of different designs which you can use to theme the party, or to tailor to your guests’ personalities. Most are only £4 each, but they often have a half price sale (which is what I took advantage of for Lola’s birthday) so keep your eyes peeled!


Painting supplies

The paint-your-own sets generally come with a small brush and some small paints, but I bought some other bits to get a good range of colours, brushes and decorations such as glitter and jewels. I always get the kids’ paint from Wilko as they have a range of painting sets, with six colours in each, for just £3.50 per pack – click here to take a look.



When the painting is done, and you’re waiting for it to dry, why not play some party games? Musical statues and pass the parcel always go down well, or set up a treasure hunt around the house or garden to keep the children occupied for a long time! If you’re little ones love to dance, then a disco is great fun too. Disco bulbs are only £7/£8 via Amazon and they’re so easy as you simply swap them for your normal light bulb; we’ve had so much fun with ours!


The cake

Click here to get find edible cupcake toppers for less than 2 quid for 30! Or go for a large cake topper for a little more – some can even be personalised with your child’s name! For more tips on how to create a budget birthday cake, read my post.

Or make some inedible toppers using cardboard and BBQ skewers…


Feeding the troops

All that’s left is to feed the little rascals. Keep it simple by cooking up some junk food to create a buffet style lunch. Iceland is amazing for frozen party food, and so inexpensive, they are the party food experts! This link will show you their full party food range.

Have fun! 😁

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