Andy Warhol Inspired Third Birthday Party
We’re pretty sure there isn’t a child on this planet who doesn’t LOVE getting messy with paint. Mixing colors, squishing paint between their fingers, and making fun designs is almost too much to resist for little hands. As such, a painting party is the absolute perfect theme for a young child’s birthday!
A painting party is exactly what our good friend Kelsey from House of Fete did for her youngest daughter’s third birthday. Brennan’s birthday party was completely painting themed, but Kelsey sprinkled on an extra bit of party magic and took the theme to the next level. Kelsey turned Brennan’s third birthday party into an Andy Warhol-inspired party spectacular!
Party Supplies for Andy Warhol Inspired Party
When Kelsey was planning Brennan’s party, it was initially going to be an art party focused on a simple colors and textures theme. However, inspiration struck, and the party evolved into an ode to Andy Warhol. Kelsey began setting up the party area by creating an entire wall of Pantone paint chips in the space behind her main table. This design is so simple but looks amazing - and all you need are paint chip samples! It adds such a delightful pop of color to brighten up the space. However, the cherry on top of the background is the clear acrylic sign with Brennan’s name printed like a museum art description made by Modern Birch Co that hung in front of the wall.
The main party activity for the kids was, of course, painting. Kelsey prepared a table as a dedicated space where the kids could sit and paint. She found some old wooden chairs at a yard sale and gave them new life by painting each a different bold color. With just a plain white cloth over the round table, the chairs added the perfect amount of color. To give the space an Andy Warhol feel, Kelsey commissioned prints of Brennan from the Thread Mama to be done in the style of Warhol’s famous Marilyn Diptych. Kelsey hand-painted the hair bows on each print to give the prints a painted look.
The painting table itself was a beautiful work of art. We love how exciting and colorful it is! Kelsey started by grabbing some large vases in different colors and filling them with bunches of multi-colored flowers. Kelsey designed some Campbell’s Soup can labels and customized them with Brennan’s name. She stuck a few of the soup cans between the vases and filled them with extra paint brushes. Finally, she added a few Party Disco Balls and a sprinkle of confetti, and her centerpiece was complete!
Each place setting on the art table was based on a different color scheme. Kelsey started with our Melamine Les Fleurs Plates. Each set comes with four different colored reusable plates with hand-painted floral designs. Based on the color of the plate, every setting received a dinner napkin from our Oh Happy Day dinner napkin collection with a matching fork and knife. Our Kailo Chic Color Blocked Paper Cups with a gold straw, and custom banana drink stirrer perfectly complemented Kelsey’s custom soup cans. Kelsey topped each plate with a mini canvas and a ready-to-go paint palette for each child. Finally, she hung custom aprons from Madly Wish on the back of each chair to finish off the painting table.
Not one to forget that adults come to children’s parties as well, Kelsey set up a small bar area for her grown up guests. To add some excitement to an otherwise bare wall, she repurposed the paintbrushes she used when she painted the chairs. Kelsey hot glued them to some Oh Happy Day Plates that she had floating around from previous parties she’d planned and created a truly unique wall decoration. She even glued a real banana to a plate and hung it as a nod to Andy Warhol’s Banana.
To decorate her bar, Kelsey filled a large lilac vase with multicolored flowers. A few Party Disco Balls were scattered around the table with a decent sprinkle of more confetti while a gold star garland wove its way around the platters. Kelsey set out a tray with large oversized colorful wine glasses with a custom paint palette drink marker from Modern Birch Co and a splash of champagne in each. She even had a bowl of Art of Sucre cotton candy glitter bombs for the drinks.
Kelsey placed macarons around the rest of the table in one of the most unique ways we’ve ever seen. Some were on a paint palette-shaped serving tray, but others were color-blocked into a clear cosmetic organizer with colored paper backing to give it the pop art look. There was even a matching art print that corresponded with the macaron flavors. Finally, Andy Warhol’s Wild Raspberries book was propped up on the back of the bar as another allusion to the artist but also as Brennan’s party guest book.
The main food table is really where Kelsey’s creativity shines. For savory snacks, instead of a typical charcuterie board, Kelsey had Danville Cheese create charcuterie cans which she labeled with her custom “Brennan’s Tomato Soup” labels. Danville Cheese also made snack boxes for each of the kids so they could chow down after painting. To go with the tomato soup theme, there was a tray of sliced grilled cheeses that the kids absolutely loved. Two different colored cake trays held shot glasses of juice to wash everything down.
The other side of the table was entirely filled with desserts. Tracey from The Sugar Bug hand-painted cookies that matched the party theme with Pantone paint chips, soup cans, paint palettes, and even some with Brennan’s pop art style portrait. Andy Warhol grew up poor and was known for saying that his idea of cake was a chocolate bar between two slices of bread. Kelsey ran with that idea and made chocolate cupcakes topped with a piece of chocolate and a mini slice of bread.
The highlight of the desserts, though, was definitely the “cake.” When Kelsey was trying to come up with a cake idea that would fit the Andy Warhol-inspired party theme, she came across an illustration that Warhol had done for his book Wild Raspberries and immediately contacted Soiree Macarons. They did a fantastic job bringing the illustration to life. It looked almost exactly like Andy Warhol’s drawing except with citrus candy, sugar flowers, and, of course, macaron layers instead of cake. Soiree Macarons also made banana macarons that looked just like Andy Warhol’s Banana.
We are simply blown away by how creative and fun Brennan’s Andy Warhol-inspired painting party turned out! Kelsey did such a fantastic job taking a normal birthday party theme and adding her own twist to it to make it truly unique. Are you planning a party soon and looking for a one-of-a-kind party theme like this one? Don’t forget these party essentials to bring your decorations to life! Make sure you have an electric air pump for balloon garlands and a helium tank for your helium balloons. Join our Ellie and Piper Facebook Group where party lovers can collaborate and run ideas by each other to help one another come up with fun and memorable party ideas.
Check out the vendors from this Andy Warhol themed birthday party:Planning + styling @house.of.fete
Cake + macarons @soireemacarons
Charcuterie + snack boxes @danvillecheese
Confetti @laurenglassdesigns x @kelseyklos
Party hat @winnieandhaze
Custom Napkins @suburban_soiree