28 Jan

Artistic Ombre & Watercolor Horse Birthday Party

pink and orange ombre, horse topped birthday cake

Inspired by Saige, an American Girl Doll with some awesome hobbies, Beth Kruse of Beth Kruse Custom Creations created this AMAZING Ombre & Watercolor Horse Party for her daughter, who has similar interests to Saige! Focused around horses and painting, this oh-so-pretty party included a fantastic canvas painting activity, featuring a horse silhouette in the center. After the guests were done painting their canvases, the silhouette stickers were peeled off, leaving them with beautiful, negative-space works of art. Just check out the cool gallery they created in the images below!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Sunset-inspired colors, highlighted in the pink and orange ombre cake & bright party printables
– DIY glittered paintbrushes + cute painter’s palettes to display individual cupcakes and toppings
– Watercolor mini buntings adorning the adorable DIY paper lantern ‘hot air balloons’
– Chocolate dipped ‘paintbrush’ rice krispy treats & a DIY ‘chalkboard’ horse backdrop made from foam core

bright pink and orange horse themed party dessert table

watercolor party welcome sign

watercolor horse painting activity for a girl's birthday party

DIY glitter paint brushes

pink glitter and horse photo party invitation

pink hanging lantern hot air balloon party decor

pink and orange ombre cake and party printables

painters palette cupcake display

watercolor painted party flags

ombre chevron printables and wraps

glitter watercolor thank you tags


PARTY DETAILS as told by Beth

For my daughter’s 9th birthday, she asked for the American Girl doll of the year, Saige. Like my daughter, Saige loves to paint and ride horses, so we decided to plan her party around those things!

For the food table, we highlighted Saige and her favorite things. The “chalkboard” horse backdrop was actually black foam core! All of the printables I designed for the party were made to look like watercolor to highlight the painting aspect.

The main activity at the party was painting a canvas with a horse cutout. The girls painted the whole canvas and then when they were done, we peeled the horse off and the white horse shape was left.



– Paint cans: Oriental Trading
– Paper cups: Party City
– Paint trays: Hobby Lobby
– Canvases: Joann Fabrics
– Printables: Beth Kruse Custom Creations

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beth SAYS:

Thank you so much for the feature! i am beyond thrilled to be part of your beautiful website!

Reply January 28, 2014 at 11:19 am

Bridget SAYS:

Can you tell me what you used for the horse stickers to create the silhoutte? This is a wonderful project for young kids.

Reply January 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Becky SAYS:

It Doesn’t look like you are responding anymore but just by chance, where did you get the horse silhouette? And also what spray adhesive did you use that allowed you to peel it off? Thank you!

June 18, 2015 at 6:13 am

Renee Hardesty SAYS:

I loved your ideas! Thank you for sharing! I was also wondering what you used to stick the horse silhouette to the canvas. I have been doing some trial and error for a similar project but have not been very successful so far….

Reply March 17, 2014 at 7:29 am

Ellie lovvorn SAYS:

I would also like to know what you used to stick the horse to the canvas! Also, what type of paint? Precious idea

Reply April 9, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Kellee SAYS:

Can you tell me where you got the horse sticker you used in painting the canvas? Thanks.

Reply April 23, 2014 at 10:01 am


Hi! I have the same questions as the others… Can you provide additional details about the painting project? How did you stick the horse to the canvas? What kind of paint did the girls use? Did the horse peel off of the canvas easily? Is there anything that you would do differently to make the project even more successful if you had the opportunity to do it over again? The paintings look like they came out beautifully – such a clever and fun idea for a party!

Reply April 30, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Kari Miller SAYS:

Hello, I would also like to know where you got the horse sticker and what kind of paints you used? thanks

Reply May 13, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Louise SAYS:

I’d like to know where you got the stickers as well. Thank you :)

Reply May 16, 2014 at 12:56 pm

beth SAYS:

i cut the horse silhouette out of vinyl with my cricut. i did end up having to add spray adhesive (the kind i use becomes removable if you let it dry before you stick it on). the girls used washable paint (i bought large bottles at hobby lobby). i debated doing a sample for the girls to look at but was glad we didn’t because they were more creative. good luck! beth

Reply June 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Sara SAYS:

Well, disregard my previous question on what you used….but which spray adhesive is it?

March 22, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Amber Gilstrap SAYS:

Where did you find the horse cutout for the canvas painting? My daughter saw that and was instantly in awe. Needless to say, she now has to have a horse themed birthday party. Thanks!

Reply December 30, 2014 at 2:36 am

Jamie Harmon SAYS:

What do you stick the horse die cut out onto the canvas with so that the paint doesn't seep behind it but can still peel off?

Reply January 12, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Marissa White Mallon SAYS:

What kind of spray adhesive did you use? Brand, name etc…

Reply March 4, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Marissa SAYS:

What kind of spray adhesive did you use? Brand, name etc…

Reply March 4, 2015 at 5:23 am

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