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Craft-Themed Birthday Party for a Seven-year-old!


Emma had a fantastic crafts-themed birthday party last month! This birthday party was simple to set up, and all of the kids – both girls and boys – enjoyed it!


We started off decorating canvas bags with these fabric markers. The kids actually had a couple brands to pick from, and the ALEX ones were the clear favorite. They have a nice sharp point and the colors are very vibrant.

fun party activity for boys and girls: decorating canvas bags

Once the kids were done decorating bags, they moved on to shrinky dinks – they had a wide selection to choose from since we set out the Shrinky Dinks Fantasy Forest Jewelry set, the Shrinky Dinks Cool Stuff set (my personal favorite), and the Shrinky Dinks – Robots set.

ALEX Toys shrinky dinks

The shrinky dinks were a huge hit – the girls especially liked the big butterflies and owls from the fantasy forest set. All the kids took turns watching them shrink down in the oven:

making shrinky dinks

Can you spot Lily’s butterfly on her bag?

decorated bags can hold party favors

Some kids decorated a LOT of shrinky dinks, while others were done after a few minutes. The less crafty kids spent their extra time playing with our light table.

fun birthday party activity for kids: decorate cupcakes!

Eventually, we cleaned up the crafts in exchange for cupcake decorating. One of our guests had an egg allergy, so I made this recipe:

Egg free chocolate cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa (dutch processed always tastes better, I think)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup oil

Mix dry ingredients together, and then add wet ingredients. Mix together, and fill tins. Should make a dozen cupcakes. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

The cupcakes were delicious – and all the kids enjoyed decorating them! It was fun to see the kids (mine included, of course!) try to fit ALL of their sprinkles and ALL of their mini M&Ms on a single cupcake. One kid cleverly covered their cupcake in sprinkles first, added a second layer of icing, and then covered THAT in M&Ms!

decorating cupcakes - great birthday party activity!






We finished up with a candy hunt in lieu of a piñata. The kids LOVED that – and hopefully their parents forgave me for sending them home with so much sugar! Candy was the on ingredient Emma knew she just had to have at her party!

I received the ALEX toys products featured in this post as part of my blogger agreement with them. All opinions are my own.

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

32 thoughts on “Craft-Themed Birthday Party for a Seven-year-old!”

  1. I can see that the craft-themed party was a perfect choice for Emma. Love Lily’s picture in this post!

  2. We did decorate your own cupcakes at my daughter’s 5th birthday and it was a HUGE hit! I used to love Shrinky Dinks when I was little! I think I’ll have to look into getting some for my kids now. I know my daughter would love them!

  3. This is totally my kind of kids’ birthday party- very creative but not totally over-the-top unattainable perfection!

  4. Elisa | blissfulE

    I am so impressed with Johnny’s illustration on his bag!!! He could start a cool kids etsy shop. :)

    Fun party and happy birthday to Emma!!!

  5. Great theme! My daughter would love a party like this! Decorate you own cupcake is a great idea too! I am curious if the cupcakes without the egg held up.

  6. Oh what fun! I really need to make shrinky dinks with my girls and I love the decorate your own cupcake – and the story of the very smart child that figured out how to double layer the sweets with icing!

  7. Varya @ littleartists

    Love the idea! Though we always have too many kids and have to think of creative ways of having the party outdoors. I am already looking for the ideas for miss T’s next birthday party and miss A’s 1st one is coming up in June!
    Btw, love your variation of no-egg cupcakes! I use a slightly different recipe and it is always a hit with my 4 year old who otherwise doesn’t enjoy cupcakes so much (cocoa does the trick ha ha).

    1. I really love this recipe – but I’d be curious to give yours a try as well!

      Outdoor parties are the best, but between two winter babies and living in Massachusetts I have to get creative and find ways to do everything inside!

        1. Thanks! I’ll give that recipe a go! I’ve also swapped the oil out for a 1/2 cup of applesauce in my recipe before, with good results – just sticks to the cupcake liners a bit more :)

  8. I love the idea of a craft party for kids’ birthdays. And having stations with a lot of crafts is so perfect since I’m sure you noticed that some kids finish decorating their bags in minutes while other kids took more time. I also love the idea of a candy scavenger hunt. The pinata always stresses me out. It’s utter madness when the candy finally breaks free and someone ALWAYS ends up crying!

    1. That’s why I switched over to stations – and it’s so much more fun, for everyone!

      I’ve never had the nerve to try a pinata, but I was very happy with this alternative.

  9. My kids would love a crafting party too! We decorated cupcakes at Princess’ last party and it amused the heck out of me to see how much sugar they piled onto those things.

    1. I’ve done a few crafting parties, and this was probably the simplest to put together – and run, although the latter probably has more to do with the party attendees getting older! Most of the girls would have gone on crafting forever!

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