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Paint & Sip

By Lauren Holstein

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by hosting a delightful and creative party at home? Imagine this: your living room twinkling with string lights, holiday tunes playing softly in the background, and a group of your closest friends gathered around the dining table, each holding a paintbrush and a wine glass. Welcome to the world of hosting a Paint and Sip holiday party, Martha Stewart style!

As any good host knows, creating the right ambiance is key. Start by decking your halls with festive decorations. Dim the lights and let all the candles you own shine to create a cozy atmosphere. (Hang some garlands around your home for that extra touch of holiday cheer – if interested.)

Now, let's talk about the glassware, which is the canvas for the event. You have two options depending on your budget and style. You can either ask your guests to bring their own wine glasses (this also adds a personal touch to the event) or keep them on the budget and head to the dollar store and gather the goods for everyone. 

The main event of the evening is, of course, the painting activity. Set up a designated painting area with newspaper or tablecloth you don’t mind getting dirty, acrylic paints, brushes, and water cups. Suggest a seasonal theme for the wine glasses, such as winter wonderland scenes, snowflakes, or festive holiday motifs. Or everyone can beat to their drum and paint as they wish! Ensure everyone has aprons or old shirts to protect their clothing from paint splatters. Remember, it's not about creating a masterpiece, it’s about having a good time.

Themed Food and Drinks

Martha Stewart knows that every party needs a menu to match the theme. For a Paint and Sip holiday party, consider serving up some delightful, themed treats:

  1. Brushstroke Brownies: Bake a batch of your favorite brownies and drizzle them with colorful icing to resemble paintbrush strokes.
  2. Palette of Finger Foods: Create a palette of finger foods with an assortment of cheeses, crackers, and charcuterie. Arrange them on a wooden cutting board for that artistic touch.
  3. Painted Punch: Offer punch for guests to enjoy while they paint. You can also provide various wines, canned beverages, and sparkling water.
  4. DIY Hot Cocoa Bar: Set up a DIY hot cocoa station with marshmallows, whipped cream, and various toppings, including edible glitter to add a festive sparkle.

As the evening draws to an end, provide a safe and convenient way for guests to take their painted wine glasses home. I suggest wrapping each glass in tissue paper and securing it with a festive ribbon. (Paper towel works too if that is what you have on hand!) A little gift bag or box would be a classy finishing touch.

Hosting a Paint and Sip holiday party doesn't have to break the bank. With a bit of creativity and some dollar store finds, you can create a memorable and budget-friendly event that would make even Martha Stewart proud. So, gather your friends, unleash your inner artist, and toast to the holiday season with your uniquely designed wine glasses.