Creative Birthday Parties at Hoots and Hollers

Birthdays are always so much fun! But, for parents, they can sometimes be a cause of stress. You want to give your child a great party that they will enjoy with their friends, and make memories that will last a lifetime. You also want to find a unique place with fun activities for the kids to do that will be different from what you have done before. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to make it all work. Luckily, here in Winston-Salem, the perfect place to have a birthday party already exists. Hoots and Hollers Make & Take Art Shop can provide a unique creative experience to make your child’s birthday party one of a kind. 


Millie Barnhart and Lee Anne Edwards started Hoots and Hollers in 2016. Millie had previously worked out of her home art studio doing art camps and classes. She met Lee Anne when she designed the beer garden for a local restaurant owned by Lee Anne and her husband. They began to collaborate on “make and take” art classes on the restaurant patio. They were very successful. This lead them to open Hoots and Hollers, and they moved into their current space in May 2017.   


Birthday Parties at Hoots and Hollers are for any artist at heart, starting at age two. Millie and Lee Anne will work with you to customize your party to fit your child’s unique interests. They will design a themed art project for the party that each child can additionally customize and take home with them. They allow over an hour for the art project portion of the party and then help to transform the space for anything from snacks and cupcakes to a fully catered meal. 


The space can hold 25 artists, and additionally any parents that come along. There is a $150 non-refundable deposit to hold the date and time. Parties are priced per artist, starting at $20 and the deposit is deducted from the balance, which is due two days prior to the party. The project possibilities are endless. Some ideas include wind chimes, painting on canvas, fairy gardens, and faux stained glass.  


Local parent Sarah McCalla thoroughly enjoyed the experience she had hosting a party at Hoots and Hollers. She said, “From the moment we connected with Millie about the possibility of hosting our middle son’s fourth birthday party at Hoots and Hollers, she was friendly, flexible, and communicative. She spoke directly to my son whenever she could and allowed him time to consider his options before answering. We decided to have the party immediately after preschool one afternoon, and when we arrived, my son was so pleased to see his name written on the sandwich board outside the store. She was so accommodating, allowing us to bring lunch in addition to the cake. As a true mom does, she set up lunch and helped serve the kids, as if she had eight arms. After the kids ate (and ooohed and ahhed at her lovely studio space), she quickly transitioned them to a superhero shield project. The kids decorated their shields with bottle caps, buttons, stickers, sequins, and glitter, glitter, glitter…and I didn’t have to clean up any of it! What an excellent party favor to leave with: instead of a plastic bag filled with sugar and tiny toys, an art project of their own creation to share with their families. My son continues to ask to go back to Hoots and Hollers any time he’s able to snag one-on-one time with me, and I’m happy to oblige.”


Hoots and Hollers is full-service make and take art shop. They host a variety of classes and events. You can also plan more than birthday parties in their space. It’s a really fun place for a ladies’ night out, retirement party, team building, summer camp activity, holiday parties, and so much more. Be sure to keep them in mind for your next party or event. 


Hoots and Holler Make & Take Art Shop is located at 5336 Robinhood Village in Winston-Salem. For more information, contact Lee Anne Edwards at 336-782-4122, or by e-mail at, or Millie Barnhart at 336-782-067, or by e-mail at To keep up with the latest events happening at the shop, you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram. 


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