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.


  1. says

    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!


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