Project Gather: Paint & Sip Night

Embark on a journey to unleash your inner artist with the perfect blend of creativity and camaraderie! Hosting a Project Gather gathering centered around a paint & sip night is a delightful way to discover the artist within while fostering bonds with your friends or family. Imagine the joy of transforming your home into an art studio, where laughter and self-expression flow freely. Even if you're new to painting, this is an accessible and enjoyable activity that promises to bring people together for a memorable night of fun and artistic exploration. Join us as we guide you through the steps of setting up an easy and enjoyable paint & sip night - perfect for a Project Gather gathering!

The set up: 

Begin by selecting a spacious and well-lit area that allows everyone to comfortably engage in the creative process. Arrange easels, canvases, and paint stations with ample space between them, ensuring an atmosphere that promotes interaction and shared inspiration. Consider soft, ambient lighting to enhance the mood, and if possible, open a window to let in natural light. Set up a central table with all the necessary supplies neatly organized – brushes, paints, palettes, and water. 

Once your setup is complete, arrange seating in a circular or semi-circle formation to facilitate easy conversation and a fun, communal energy. Prepare a playlist of uplifting tunes to provide a background melody for the night's artistic endeavors. Make sure each participant has a comfortable designated space equipped with the essential painting tools.

The supplies (besides wine, of course):

Easels: Provide sturdy easels to hold the canvases upright. This allows participants to work comfortably and showcase their artwork as it progresses.

Canvases: Select canvases of various sizes to accommodate different preferences and levels of expertise.

Acrylic Paints: Offer a variety of acrylic paint colors to spark creativity. Acrylic paints dry quickly and are fairly easy to use for beginners. You may also consider watercolors.

Paint Brushes: Ensure a range of paint brushes, including different sizes and shapes, to accommodate various painting techniques. Include brushes suitable for fine details as well as broader strokes.

Palette: Provide palettes for mixing and blending colors. This can be a traditional handheld palette or disposable palette sheets for easy cleanup.

Table Coverings: Cover tables with protective material such as disposable plastic or tablecloths to prevent spills and make cleanup more manageable.

Water Containers: Supply containers for water to rinse brushes between color changes. 

Paper Towels or Rags: Keep an ample supply of paper towels or rags handy for wiping brushes, cleaning up spills, and dabbing excess paint.

Aprons or Old Shirts: Protect participants' clothing by providing aprons or encouraging them to wear older shirts or smocks. Acrylic paint can be challenging to remove from fabrics.

Disposable Palettes or Plates: If you prefer easy cleanup, consider providing disposable palettes or plastic plates for mixing paints.

Optional: Artistic Guides or Tutorials: Include printed or digital guides for those who may want inspiration or guidance. This can be especially helpful for beginners.

Hosting Ideas:

Transform your paint at home night into an enchanting art haven with adorable art-themed decor and delightful touches. Consider setting the stage with a pastel color scheme – think soft pinks, blues, and mint greens – reminiscent of an artist's palette. Scatter small easels as table centerpieces, each holding a mini canvas with a guest's name, adding a personalized touch to the event. These art-inspired details will not only add a cute and playful element to your gathering but also infuse an extra dose of creativity into the entire paint at home experience.

Delicious Pairings for Your Paint & Sip Night:

Elevate your at-home paint & sip experience with a selection of snacks that perfectly complement Une Femme sparkling wines. Begin by offering a charcuterie board filled with an array of artisanal cheeses, cured meats, and an assortment of fresh fruits such as grapes, strawberries, and figs. Add a touch of sophistication by including gourmet crackers, honey, and a selection of nuts, creating a palate-pleasing feast.

You may also want to incorporate bite-sized appetizers like smoked salmon crostini or herbed goat cheese-stuffed mushrooms. The buttery texture of smoked salmon complements the crispness of the sparkling wine, while the savory notes from the mushrooms or goat cheese add depth to the pairing. Consider serving hors d'oeuvres like prosciutto-wrapped melon or brie and raspberry puff pastry bites for a sweet and savory balance that resonates with the sparkling wine's refreshing qualities.

But TBH, you could also just put out some bowls of chips and dip and call it a day. We encourage you to do as much - or as little - as you want.

Getting the (painting) party started:

To get the creative juices flowing, consider incorporating interactive elements into your paint & sip night. Include a brief tutorial or demonstration at the beginning to boost confidence among your participants. Encourage everyone to share their progress throughout the evening, fostering a supportive and collaborative environment. Additionally, introduce fun challenges or games related to painting to keep the energy high. Don't forget to capture the memorable moments with photos and encourage guests to share their creations on social media, creating a virtual gallery of the night's artistic endeavors.

Project Gather

Project Gather is our initiative to encourage, inspire and empower women to gather. Whether it’s a fun paint & sip night, a bubbly brunch, a professional networking event or a birthday celebration, we believe that when women gather, magic happens. 

Project Gather hosts get a discount on our wine, whether they buy locally or via our website. They also get access to perks & discounts from some other women-founded brands we love to plus-up their gathering. We hope you’ll consider signing up for Project Gather. Whatever gatherings you have coming up, we’d love to be invited.

Learn more about Project Gather and sign up here.