In this day and age, there are tons (and I mean TONS) of ways to celebrate special occasions. From back porch barbecues to $2 Tuesdays at your favorite bar, it’s not hard to find somewhere fun to wind down. However, have you ever considered arts and crafts as a way to celebrate? Check out the 4 ways to celebrate with paint and sip classes.
There are many reasons that DIY Craft or Paint and Sip workshops are a great way to celebrate. Below we have given you our favorite four! Read on and feel inspired.
Paint and Sip locations are an excellent space for any kind of private party. Getting married soon? Begin your bachelorette bash with a mimosa morning and crafts! Commemorate the occasion with DIY Mr. and Mrs. signs or even make decorations for the wedding reception! It’s always fun to start off with a bang! (of a hammer 😉 ).
Birthday parties are another popular event for these kinds of workshops for both kids and adults. What kid doesn’t want the creative freedom to make a giant painted mess? What parent doesn’t love that the creative freedom mess clean-up is elsewhere? How many times as an adult can you host a birthday dinner party, go, bowling, or head out to a restaurant before you’ve been there done that? Most paint and sips are BYOB, meaning you can bring in food and drink (hello birthday shots!) Plus your guests leave with something they made that can forever be remembered as “that birthday party (enter name here) had”. Creativity and good times are two good ingredients for a successful birthday cocktail!
The best thing about paint and sips is that, even if you don’t think you or your child, or your best friend Margo are the most creative people out there, it’s still highly beneficial to try! The paint and sip instructors are there to help guide your creativity to the surface. There are not many places one can get crafty, be creative, or have the freedom to spend a few hours unleashing their creativity. In our current education system, the arts are the first to go when there are budget cuts. DoSomething.org proves this through their article “11 Facts About Arts in Education”. They explain that “Students who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and three times more likely to be awarded for school attendance. Also, multiple studies have concluded that curricular and extracurricular art studies and activities help keep high-risk dropout students stay in school”. This doesn’t have to be in a formal educational setting, either. If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for your kids! Do it for your best friend Margo, who so desperately needs to put down that account report and unleash her creative side!
Many DIY craft studios also offer special baby shower party options. You and your friends can design cute, little onesies with funny sayings or make nursery decorations. Many craft workshops offer a Growth Chart project similar to this one from Made to be a Momma Bear, also!
Need a space filler for your BFF’s bachelorette weekend of shenanigans? Take those three hours, some mimosas, and a cheese and fruit tray and head over to a paint and sip. The bride can make a new art piece for her new home with her honey and the rest of the gals can make a hangable memory of the fun-filled weekend.
Does your neighborhood have a moms group that gets together every once in a while? Maybe your neighborhood doesn’t have this kind of thing and you’d like to start it? Crafts are a great afternoon activity. Neighborhood community get-togethers are an excellent way to meet new people in your area with similar likes and dislikes. Or even better, get a group of people together who are completely different! Not to mention the planning and setup for an event like this is incredibly minimal and low cost. Meeting the “cool moms” can be a little intimidating, why not give everyone something else to focus on while getting to know one another on a more personal level. Turn talking about the weirdest thing your kid ate today to what you want to do after your kids fly the coop. Having something else to focus on and something to occupy your hands with lessens the stress of first-time meet-ups.
Some other great ideas include church get-togethers, family gatherings, holiday parties and many more. The majority of paint and sip or DIY workshops also charge no reservation or rental fee, which makes it that much more feasible. Do you have a 30+ person party to organize and no room? I think we found your solution!
Surprise your significant other with a creative and different date night! You can only use dinner and a movie so many times in a lifetime, after all. Maybe you just moved in together and need new decorations! What is better than making a special and custom piece of art together? Do you need a birthday present for your mother-in-law and have no desire or ambition to go to the mall? The possibilities are endless.
Rachel Gould explains in her article questioning whether or not art makes you happy that “A study by neurobiologist and University College London professor Semir Zeki found that looking at a work of art can actually have the same psychological effect as the euphoric experience of romantic love”. Best date night ever? We think yes.
However, you don’t have to be dating someone to attend a date night! Although, you are certainly welcome to bring your partner anytime. Date night events at paint and sip or craft workshops also include mother/daughter bonding time and best friend hangout sessions.
Have more than one person in mind for date night? Reserve a whole table! Table reservations work well for any Girl’s Night Out or friend get-togethers. Table reservations work well for anything, actually.
Crafting to raise money for a specific organization or charity has been a popular fundraising choice lately. Some craft studios will donate a percentage of project sales to the charity of your choice if you organize a fundraising event at their space. Some will even travel to your location! Groups can get together and create amazing art, all while helping the greater good!
Team Building Workshops
Corporate and small businesses alike should consider hosting a DIY craft workshop as a team-building experience. Creativity in the workplace can be highly beneficial. It has been proven to relieve stress, encourage creative thoughts and problem solving, and boost self-esteem. Renee Phillips explains,
“There is an increasing amount of scientific evidence that proves art enhances brain function. It has an impact on brain wave patterns and emotions, the nervous system, and can actually raise serotonin levels. Art can change a person’s outlook and the way they experience the world”.
Research done by Ashford University continues to paint the pictures for us. University staff writes that “A painting of a person is not a person. And yet, our brains are able to immediately recognize paint on a canvas, made up with meticulous lines and shading, as representing a human being. In fact, our brains try to recognize faces in almost everything we see. Take a look at an ordinary wall outlet, for instance. If you glance at it for just a moment, you’ll see a surprised facial expression. But why? It turns out that the brain is remarkably adept at discerning familiarity and meaning from patterns, abstract forms, and incomplete information. Each time you look at a piece of art, your brain is working to make sense of the visual information it’s receiving. From highly lifelike portraits to abstract collections of rectangles, looking at art stimulates the brain and puts our innate knack for organizing patterns and making sense of shapes to use.
Beyond the brain’s skill at making sense of what we’re seeing, the brain actually goes through changes when we look at a beautiful art piece. In fact, according to The Telegraph, looking at a gorgeous painting, sculpture, or other artwork increases blood flow to the brain by as much as 10% — the equivalent of looking at someone you love”.
Now tell me you don’t want to go to the closest museum and sit around all the beauty for a while? Interested in reading more about the benefits of art!? Check out Renee’s article here and Ashford University’s here.