Instead of a cookie decorating party, throw a nutcracker painting party and you will for sure be the hit of the Christmas holiday season!
Start your holiday season in style with a nutcracker painting party! Create a fun and unforgettable experience for you and your guests with a painting party that brings out your inner artist. From novices to advanced painters, everyone can partake in this unique and charming activity. With a few supplies and some instruction, you can become a master of nutcracker painting. Whether you’re making them to decorate your holiday table or gifts to give away, you’ll have a festive and memorable occasion that’s sure to bring smiles to everyone involved. Learn the basics of how to host a stunning nutcracker painting party, and create a festive atmosphere with ease.
This Christmas party idea is great for kids and adults alike!
Supplies to put together a Nutcracker painting party
I grabbed pretty much all my nutcracker party supplies from Oriental trading! They always have the BEST party supplies!
- White aprons
- Nutcracker paper products
- Paint palette
- paint brushes
- Unfinished nutcrackers
- Cardboard nutcrackers
- nutcracker ornaments
- nutcracker crafts
- poinsetta garland
- Round wood boxes
- yellow popcorn boxes
We just used the plates and crown napkins but they have tableware with mice and they have some garlands nutcracker decorations of the mouse king and the ballerina etc!
Prepping the Nutcracker themed party
Prep was pretty easy! I started by assembling the popcorn boxes! These are serving as our party favors for each person to take home!
For our goodie bag, we put in a fun pull string ornament, a bendable nutcracker, and a black scratch art nutcraker! Oriental trading has lots of awesome things you can include like temporary tattoos, nutcracker glitter crafts, nutcracker themed ballons, and even a nutcracker rubber ducky! And of course…CANDIES!
You can really customize it depending on if the nutcracker painting party is for adults or kids!
I also decided to paint the round wood boxes to make them look like nutcracker drums! I thought they would look so cute placed in the garland! BUT you could have the kids paint them as well for their nutcrackers to stand on!
The last set of prep I did was make the aprons! I created a fun nutcracker cut file that I used with print and cut vinyl and ironed it onto the apron! (scroll down to the bottom to sign up to access the cut file!)
Nutcracker painting party table setup
Day of the party setup couldn’t be easier! Everything just needed to be open and placed where it goes! Stared with a cute plastic striped tablecloth. Kids were painting and I knew that paint gets messy,so I made it so everything (besides the cute garland) could be thrown away! I placed a plate for the kids to put treats on. A cup for the kids to rinse their paintbrushes with and a napkin to wipe up any spills. I didn’t add any paint to the palette until the kids showed up!
OPTIONAL: Add a poinsettea garland down the middle of the table with the drums! We also have some snowflakes hanging from the ceiling but never got a picture of it!
I also placed two giant cardboard nutcrackers at the table with a fun banner! A perfect photo backdrop for any nutcracker christmas party!!
Look at how darling it looks all set up!
Bonus points because all this nutcracker stuff can be reused all December long as regular Christmas Decor!
As kids came in, they picked their piant colors, and put on their apron while we poured the paint in! If the kids are little, I would recommend using some washable paint! Our kids were 10-12 so we opted for acrylic paint!
Kids were so creative! We had a barbie nutcrackers, a taylor swift nutrcaker, a purple and pink one and even a dallas cowboy one! Kids can paint them up however they want!
We had popcorn and sugar cookies bu there are so many fun themed desserts, cakes, cupcakes etc you could do! We just wanted to keep it easy! To make sure that kids don’t get the dirty paint confused with drinking water- we did carpi suns instead so there weren’t two cups on the table! But you could also do a fun hot chocolate bar!
After the kids were done painting, they took photos all together in front of the big nutcrackers! (You can use a hair dryer if the nutcrackers aren’t dry yet!)
Kids got to take the aprons home as well as the finished nutcrackers and goodie boxes! All in all, a totally fun night! You could also put on the disney’s the nutcracker movie to watch as you paint! Some kids paint fast, and some paint slow. There are always some that are done before everyone else, so a movie is a perfect thing for them to do while they wait!
We also love the Barbie Nutcracker as well!
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Download the Nutcracker Crushing it SVG cut file below
If you do not see the form above, you can sign up here.
I have been using adhesive vinyl and heat transfer vinyl for years! I’ve written up so many posts as I have come across problems! Here are some of the most asked questions that have come up!
- How to layer adhesive vinyl
- Why is my heat transfer vinyl peeling up?
- How to remove heat transfer vinyl (if you spell something wrong or put it on crooked)
- How to use transfer tape with adhesive vinyl
- Using an iron with heat transfer vinyl
- Washing instructions for Iron-on vinyl projects
- How to cut vinyl decals bigger than your machine
- Best way to weed vinyl
- Is the Cricut Easypress worth it
This was just the most fun kids Christmas party and hopefully we have giving you some party inspirations so you can throw your own! Happy Holidays!