09 Jul

Polka Dot & Rainbow Paint Themed Birthday Party

Paint themed birthday party dessert table

Let’s get creative! Taleen of Simple Little Details painted a true masterpiece with an amazing Polka Dot & Rainbow Paint Themed Birthday Party for her daughter’s 3rd birthday! This colorful, artsy celebration is full of so many creative ideas – how amazing is the paint can dessert table backdrop with its “paint spill” streamers!? And I just have to point out the blank canvas “welcome sign” where guests can collaborate and create a memorable painting for the birthday girl…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rainbow & polka dot dessert table with an AMAZING paint can backdrop
– Mini red velvet cupcakes on paint palette displays + Polka dot rainbow layer cake with mini scalloped bunting
– Paint can centerpieces with multicolor florals and Mini “paint can” party favors!
– Canvas, apron & paintbrush place settings for the little artists to create their own masterpieces!

Rainbow birthday cake

Paint themed birthday party ideas

Pink & girly birthday party

Painting birthday party invitation

Painting party decorations

Rainbow polka dot birthday cake with mini scalloped bunting

"Create a Masterpiece" paint party activity

Rainbow paint & polka dot birthday party

Paint brush pretzel sticks

Pink drink station

Paint can centerpieces with pretty flowers

Birthday party painting

Painting party

Painting party canvases and paint brushes

Paint can favor baskets

Paint can backdrop

Rainbow paint party desserts

Art party favor ideas


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Taleen

Little Nicole loves to draw and paint, so we thought why not have a paint themed party! The party was taking place in the backyard so I knew I wanted bright and bold colors such as fuchsia, aqua and lime green that would really pop on a summer afternoon and really create a beautiful contrast. The polka dot pattern was a perfect accompaniment to the colors and theme of the party.


The dining tables were covered in a fuchsia linen with a polka dot runner going down the middle. For the centerpieces I purchased empty paint cans from a home improvement store and filled them with bright colored flowers that matched the theme of the party. I used green floral foam at the bottom of the cans and stuck the flowers into the foam so that they would stand straight up. I loved the idea of using one type of flower and color in each paint can. For the utensil packets, I wrapped the napkin around the fork and knife and added a paper band that said “dig in!” to hold it all together.


The kids table was a huge hit! Floating above the table was a cluster of bright colored polka dot balloons. The table was covered in a fuchsia plastic table cloth for easy clean up. Each kid got an individual paint packet to create their own masterpiece. The packet included a blank canvas, apron, painter’s palette, and paint brushes. I wanted to make sure the birthday girl felt special, so I added a little banner to the back of her chair that read “I am 3.”


For the drink table we kept it really simple. We had raspberry lemonade and citrus infused water filled in dispensers and placed on white footed platters. This created a beautiful presentation. I purchased a variety of striped paper straws that matched the colors of the party and added a “nicole is three” tag for a special touch.


Since the kids were going to have so much fun painting, I wanted to have a little activity for the adults as well. I had a blank canvas that I displayed on a painters easel with a little note asking guests to help create a masterpiece for Nicole. All the adults got to add their own little painting to the canvas and it ended up being a fun keepsake for the birthday girl.


The favors were super quick and easy! I purchased mini clear paint can containers to go along with the theme and filled them with gumballs. I added a little sticker to them that said “thanks for painting with me.”


The dessert table was my favorite part! For the backdrop, I hung paint cans at varying heights that spelled out the birthday girl’s name. I cut paper to create zig zag streamers and attached them to the bottom of the paint cans to give the effect that paint was spilling out of the cans. The desserts included paint brush pretzels, paint brush rice krispy treats, and cupcakes displayed on painter’s palettes. We ordered a simple cake but dressed it up with a mini banner that I made that said “three.” The inside of the cake however had a fun surprise. Each layer had a different color to match the theme of the party.



– Event Design, Flowers, and Paper Goods: Simple Little Details
– Rentals: A Party Place
– Dessert: Sweet Tooth Confections
– Photography: Karen Santos of Love Life Studios

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Michelle - I DO invitations by michelle SAYS:

This is so darn cute! Love the colors and those paint cans with her name are darling!

July 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Kate SAYS:

Love this colorful party theme. Birthday cake is so nice.Dessert table decorations are also good.

July 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Lisette Wolter-McKinley SAYS:

I never grow tired of the rainbow cake!

July 10, 2013 at 8:31 am

Lora SAYS:

Where did you find the clear favor buckets? I love them!

September 21, 2013 at 11:32 am

Sonnet Roney O'Kane SAYS:

Love this party idea! I included it in my round up of 12 amazing birthday party crafts. Check it out here http://www.sohosonnet.com/crafts-and-diy/12-birthday-party-craft-activities-for-kids/

January 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Jessica SAYS:

How did you make the decorations that are hanging below each letter of her name?

January 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Michelle Q SAYS:

Love this! Where did you get the small clear paint cans? They’re so cute!!

June 17, 2014 at 9:05 am

Nikki B SAYS:

where did you get the paper goods and such? I love the polka dots theme.

June 23, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Nicholle Gregg SAYS:

I’m doing an art theme for my daughter’s 5th birthday. Could you please tell me where I could find the little tags that say: Every child is an artist… ~ Picasso
I would really like to get some of those. Thank you so much!!!

July 25, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Barbara Broyles SAYS:

Where can I find the invitations? And all the little signs for the buckets?

August 23, 2014 at 9:50 am

Elizabeth B. SAYS:

Love it! Where did u find the sponge shape brushes for kid?

November 1, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Marie Bennett SAYS:

Where did you get the invites and all the tags?

November 12, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Allison Ozols SAYS:

Please tell me where I can get these invitations and other paper goods, they would be perfect for my daughters birthday.

March 31, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Dayna Goldman SAYS:

Hi Allison, all of the paper goods were created by Simple Little Details

April 1, 2015 at 9:52 am

Andrea Jobb SAYS:

what is the size of those party favor paint cans

December 27, 2014 at 7:02 am

Felicia Johnspn SAYS:

Where Did u find those clear paint cans?

January 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm

Stacey Metz SAYS:

What size was the canvas for the kids?

January 25, 2015 at 5:02 am

Marlo SAYS:

What size canvas did you use for the kids?

February 21, 2015 at 6:00 am
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