A couple of months ago I was invited to a friend’s house for an “Arts & Crafts & Talking & Sharing & Playing” party. She lives a couple of hours away, and so I wasn’t sure if I could swing it. But I quickly realized that this was the type of thing that I needed to make a priority. As the date approached, I began planning what I would create during this gift of an afternoon with artsy friends. The night before I left for my road trip, I gathered some art supplies to bring.
With a trunk stuffed so full that it looked like I had robbed three art supply stores on a binge, I turned on my GPS, turned up my music, and headed out.
The gathering was eclectic, enlightening, relaxing, and left me with that wonderful feeling of being in the moment. Now, I want the same for you. Here are a few tips for throwing your own creative get-together.
How to Throw a Spectacular Painting Party
1. Food and drink: My friend provided two delicious soups (a beef stew and a vegetarian potato soup), and welcomed the rest of us to bring a side or dessert. When you host a potluck, there’s less pressure to prepare a lot of food, and it gives your guests the opportunity to share one of their favorite party dishes. This keeps it casual and fun, and creates an immediate sense of community, even if your guests don’t know each other. A glass of wine can help keep everything relaxed and fun, which brings me to the next point.
2. Keep it fun: Throwing a painting party is all about fun, so remind your guests that it’s not an art competition. This is a great way to welcome those new to art into the process of painting, and you’ll all have a great time together. When you start with Painting Party Pack Hostess Set, everything you need is included: canvases, paints, brushes, and more, plus a video download that leads you through the painting from beginning to end.
3. Be prepared: Before the painting party begins, cover your table with a drop cloth and set out items such as cups of water (to clean the paintbrushes), paper towels, sharpened pencils (to draw a sketch), and paints, brushes, canvases, etc. Sound expensive? It’s not, when you and four of your friends go in together on the Painting Party Pack Hostess Set.
4. Take pictures and have fun! Remember, it’s a party! Encourage your guests to find humor if mistakes happen on the canvas, and keep it positive with a mantra, like “It’s only art. No one’s going to get hurt if a stroke isn’t perfect.”
I wish I could express how much joy I found in attending the “Arts & Crafts & Talking & Sharing & Playing” party, and hope you feel inspired to host your own event. Invite new friends and old friends, make it a family night, or have a girl’s or guy’s night in. You’ll be fostering relationships and encouraging creativity, and in my humble opinion, few things matter more.
Have fun, friends!