We wanted to have a fun party for families with an artistic “edge” so where better to host the party than at the YA/YA art studio on Baronne Street. Guests came in casual attire, and we encouraged them to come ready to paint, color, draw, dance and eat an informal Sunday lunch. Sunday after church is a great time, because children are ready to get out of dress-up clothes and this gallery is closed on Sunday.

YA/YA is a working studio where students create art, so the floors and tables are splattered with paint and YA/YA chairs and paintings cover the walls, so a lot of additional decorating isn’t needed. Have a jukebox for the music with selections for every age. Set up areas where everyone can draw or paint, and then let the children paint their own T-shirts to take home. Feed the children some of their favorites: pizza and peanut butter sandwiches cut into shapes of animals. For the adults, poor boys, chicken salad, deviled eggs and easy pick-up desserts are crowd-pleasers.

Once the artistic endeavors are finished, have a contest where everyone gets a prize. Then pass out the maracas and tambourines and start the dancing!