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Help your child flex his or her creative muscles with an arts and crafts birthday party

Do you remember the days of arts and crafts as a child? Whether it was simple model airplanes or the most basic popsicle stick house, you could spend hours working with your hands creating things. It's a great way to help your little ones flex their creative muscles for a few hours, and though you may have to deal with a bit of cleanup afterwards, the resulting masterpieces will make it all worthwhile. Plus, you can minimize the mess the kids can make with just a little bit of foresight. If you're looking for a fun party theme that's sure to please, this could be right up your alley. Here are some tips to help make an arts and crafts birthday party a memorable occasion.

The first thing you want to do is lay down plenty of newspaper or a disposable tablecloth on top of the surface where the kids will be working. You can bet that glue, paint or stray marker ink is going to find its way onto that table, so do yourself a favor and protect it before you need to scrub any stains away. As far as supplies go, think about whatever you used as a kid and simply pick those up. Elmer's glue, simple watercolors and popsicle sticks are a great way to start. You may also want to grab construction paper, crayons and markers.

When you serve cake and ice cream, do so on a "decorate your own" placemat! The kids will love turning theirs into a unique object, and it may help keep messes at bay. Be sure to stock up on personalized birthday napkins as well - they'll help!

As your guests leave, be sure to give them personalized birthday party goodie bags filled with fun stuff! Include great things like mini classic gumball machines and personalized birthday cupcake mix. You can bet they'll be well-received, and the kids will have something to munch while on the way home. An arts and crafts party is a great and inexpensive way to give little kids a fun and memorable occasion.