If you have kids, you know that anything involving chalk is generally a good thing. It’s colorful, shareable and completely washable. Plus it’s sort of fun for the grown-ups too (think brightly colored cocktails with chalk-inspired sugared rims) so it’s a win/win for all. Thus, for today’s installment of Party Themes, we’re taking a little chalk inspiration and cranking it up a notch to two. Click here to see the whole she-bang. PS. Forgive the not so great photographs. It was an off day for me!

Okay. So you’ve seen how bright and colorful this party theme can be. Now it’s time to break it all down. Here are some ideas to really make your chalk party sparkle!

-Make food-safe “chalk” to write names on plates! Mix a small amount of confectioner’s sugar with enough water to make it liquid, and stir in food coloring until you reach the color of your choice. Use a paintbrush to paint on names or other designs, and a wet papertowel will clean up any mistakes.

-A roll of black contact paper can transform any table into a chalkboard table. Just unroll the contact paper and smooth out air bubbles until your table is covered, and trim the excess with scissors. No worries about making a mess! We left ours on for a week because my kids loved it so much.

-Choose food that is simple and grab-able so that guests munch while scribbling away. Our menue included banana milkshakes, chocolate-dipped frozen bananas, white chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks, sugar spray popcorn and chalked black & white cookies.

-Chalkboard labels can make all of your little details – from jars to favors – feel cohesive on on point.

-For a really colorful party, have guests wear white tshirts and celebrate by throwing colored (nontoxic & washable) powders at each other, like the Indian festival of Holi. Check out this inspiration here!

We have some fun Chalk Inspired DIY’s coming up next!

Plates: Crate & Barrel | Flatware: Sur La Table | Gem chalk, Popcorn Bowl, Pretzel Jar, Straw Jar: Target | Straws: Michael’s | Colored powder: Amazon  | Spray chalk: Abrivo Sports