Have you seen pictures of people posting there awesome paintings done at some “paint night”? I have, I’ve seen advertisements online, Groupon coupons, and people posting pictures all about how much fun they had at a paint night party, So knowing me, I, of course, tried to figure out a way to attend one of these without paying the $30. Yes I know it’s $30 whats the big deal? but every penny counts! I paint and create things a lot, so for me, it felt silly to go somewhere to drink wine and paint… I do that all the time I don’t want to pay to do it, and I don’t think anyone else should have to either. Sooooo as a result, I hosted my own paint night party! This is what I did and here are some tips if you want to host your own paint night party!
Like I said before, I paint a lot, like a lot. So I already had a ton of paint and supplies. Most of my supplies are from yard sales. People will sell their paints and lots of craft things for really cheap. I have gotten a whole tub of about 20 paints for $2 one time! They were almost all full too! (I was really happy) At a different yard sale, I got a stack of 10 brand new canvas for $1. Then I got a stack of about 30 pallets to place your paint on for maybe 50 cents. So, of course, I had to host a paint party!
My boyfriend was able to get tables to paint on from work(so cool) so we set them up and then started prepping. I put enough paint brushes on the table for everyone, making sure there was a wide variety of options and sizes then put them in a jar, brush side up (that way you can see what size and shape it is). I placed cups of water on the table. I cut up old t-shirts for everyone to be able to dry their brushes (you can also just use towels). Then I brought out the paint. I placed old newspaper down (so we wouldn’t get paint on the table)and then placed the canvases. We were ready to go!
In addition to the painting supplies, we also had food and drinks! I got enough wine from the store to be able to get the deal! ( I think it was Buy 4 or more get 40% off) Don’t forget! you can open your wine bottles like this if you lost your opener! I also wanted to make spiked eggnog!(so tasty) I wish I could have homemade the eggnog, but no one has time for that (at least not me). So yes, I got store-bought egg nog and then a bottle of brandy.
I got ingredients to make hummus. That included veggies and chips to dip into it. (yummy) Once everyone arrived we ordered pizza! Just keep it easy, no reason to go over and beyond cooking dinner for a bunch of people.(Unless you enjoy cooking, then cook away!)
I was debating back and forth if I should be the one to instruct everyone or just let everyone “free paint”. Instead, I decided I didn’t want to do either of those things, so I went to youtube. I looked up easy holiday-themed tutorials on painting. There were a lot of options, but I picked a simple snowy Christmas tree taught by art sherpa. This made it really easy to get everyone to follow along. We played it and paused it whenever was needed. Shout out to the amazing “ART SHERPA” for being our instructor. (Check out her other tutorials, she’s really good at teaching and giving step by step instruction) You can visit her website *here*
All in all, we had a great time! I hope your paint party is just as good if not better! let me know in the comments below 🙂 I would love to hear about it!
Here’s a list of steps and tips to be able to host your own paint night party:
What supplies do I need?
Paint- all of the primary colors ( red, yellow, blue, white, black, any extras you want)
Paint Brushes– all sizes ( Large, round, flat, and small for details)
Water cups – I used solo cups
Towels- this is to clean and dry your brushes ( I used cut up old T-shirts)
Table space- Large craft tables work best, but just your regular dining table could work too!
Canvas– at least one for each person, I had extra just in case. (smaller sized canvas worked really well for the paint party, it was easier to complete a painting, for drying purposes and it used less paint)
Alright, I have all the supplies now what?
Make sure you have a good music playlist ready!
Have lots of snacks and food available. ( I kept it easy with pizza, chips, and dips)
Don’t forget the drinks! Wine and soda are always great but if you want to be extra have the supplies to make the most recent holiday drink. (for example spiked eggnog)
You are all ready to go! Invite anyone and everyone. Don’t stick to inviting just women. (unless you want it to be a ladies night) Some guys like to paint too!
Make a Facebook invite, Evite, or just text and call people!(you can get really fancy and make invitations) I find it easiest to mention it to people when I see them in person and then text and call them later to officially invite them with details.
Time to party!
Have fun, enjoy everyone that comes and paint away! don’t get stressed with the idea of hosting a bunch of people or anything like that. ( I know a lot of people can be stressed when having people over) Just relax 🙂 this is why I wrote this for you, so you don’t have to worry!
Want to be even more extra?
Have an ongoing game going during the party. There are plenty of ideas for this. I personally didn’t have a game going, but I did hang a “community canvas” on the wall for everyone to make a painting together throughout the night. This added a lot of fun and laughter and started conversations. Plus it gets the creative juices flowing for the rest of the paint night!
I really hope that this post inspired you to host your own paint night party! Its a super fun way to hang out with your friends while creating something together! If you have any questions or comments please let me know by posting a comment below 🙂 If you hosted a paint night party of your own I would love to hear from you and know how it turned out!