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The leaves are beginning to turn, the days are slowly getting shorter, and football is back on TV. So, break out your sweaters and the pumpkin spice — it’s time to kiss summer goodbye! From swapping out your wardrobe to prepping your home, here’s how to get your whole life ready with our all-inclusive fall preparation list!

Start at Home

Are you ready to get your home ready for fall? Make the most of the season by incorporating these tips and tricks!

Get Ready for Fall Fashion

Autumn typically means cooler temperatures — and fun fall fashion! Prepare for fall by swapping out your summer seersucker and sandals for cozy sweaters and scarves.

First things first: clear out some closet space! Begin by boxing up summer staples you know you won’t be wearing this fall, think swim gear, flip-flops, and super-lightweight fabrics. But don’t pack away all of your skirts, shorts, and tanks just yet! Instead, continue wearing some of your summer favorites with these fall layering tips! Pair your favorite tank or sundress with a cozy cardigan or trusty denim jacket Pop a neutral turtleneck under your favorite easy summer tank dress for an on-trend 60’s inspired look Layer tights under shorts and skirts — for added warmth, choose a cable knit pair! Then, choose a chunky knit sweater or long sleeve top for a chic-but-cozy fall look.

To maximize your transitional wardrobe, opt for close-toed options like sneakers, flats, boots, and booties. When in doubt, accessorize — and warm up — with a scarf or hat!

Declutter Before You Decorate

Turning leaves may have you itching to dig out cozy blankets, seasonal candles, and Halloween decor — but pump the brakes! After a busy summer season, it’s time to declutter.

The first step in getting your home ready for fall? Take inventory of your home Mari Kondo style. Yep, that means if you don’t love it, it’s time to toss it. Start by trashing anything you no longer need, like expired cosmetics, old papers, and magazines.

Once you have the clutter cleared away, create a donation pile. Start with old clothes, shoes, and accessories you no longer wear. Then, move on to old books, toys, and furniture. Once your home is neat and tidy, it’s time to enjoy the season — and break out the fall decor!

Incorporate Seasonal Decor

Now comes the best part of getting your home ready for fall — decor! From warm, rich tones to Hygge’s nature-inspired decorations, incorporate the colors and textures of the season. Whether you’re in the mood to DIY your autumn decor or are putting together a shopping list, here are some tips to help you decorate your whole house for fall!

  • Decorate your mantle with a faux fall leaf garland
  • Sprinkle in pinecones
  • Fill vases with sunflowers, pampas grass, or wheat cuttings
  • Fill metallic or mercury glass votives with tea candles — go flameless
  • Swap out your doormat for a festive, fall-inspired mat
  • Use pumpkins and gourds (real or faux!) to create centerpieces and top tables and shelves
  • Swap out your wall art for something seasonal

Looking for a one-of-a-kind piece of autumn decor? Create your own and get fall festive at Painting with a Twist! And, don’t forget the candles! From sweet pumpkin pie to spiced vanilla chai, a seasonal candle can help set the mood for autumn.

Add Ambiance with Lighting

While fall marks the beginning of the holiday celebrations, it also brings the end of daylight savings time — and likely more time indoors. If the shorter days tend to leave you feeling down, a few simple lighting swaps can help!

Warm light is easy on the eyes, both literally and figuratively! In addition to creating a cozy atmosphere, a warm glow creates less eye strain (and can even help you sleep better!) than white or blue-based lights. Therefore, warm lighting is the perfect choice for your living area, bedroom, or anywhere you want to chill. Embrace the cozy vibes with Edison bulbs, warm-toned string lights, and wall sconces.

On the other hand, if you’re constantly feeling sleepy or battling a poor mood, you’re probably feeling the effects of less sunshine! Use white, bright lighting to mimic daytime sunlight in your home office, craft room, kitchen, and any areas where you need to get detail-oriented. If you tend to catch the fall and winter blues, consider purchasing a special lamp intended for light therapy.

Make Lifestyle Swaps

Sip and Snack on Festive Fall Flavors

A sure sign fall is near? The return of pumpkin spice everything! Fill your kitchen with seasonal beverages and get ready to prepare your favorite fall meals.

Fall is the perfect time to sip on a hot drink! Savor the flavors of the season with seasonal coffee creamers, apple cider, or your favorite spiced tea.

Let your taste buds know autumn is here by preparing your favorite comfort foods and fall dishes. Create meals that incorporate seasonal produce, like chili or butternut squash soup. Then, satisfy your sweet tooth with a homemade pumpkin or apple pie.

Make Time for Mindfulness and Self Care

As the holidays approach, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by travel plans, shopping lists, and endless fall activities. Wondering how to make the most of fall even when things get busy? Slow down with mindfulness and make time for self-care.

Mindfulness can take many forms. Whether you choose to walk, meditate, journal, or pick up another relaxing craft or activity, it’s important to incorporate screen-free time into your routine. If you’re really looking to get creative, our Zen Painting Events set the stage for a relaxing, mindful experience.

It’s also essential that you make space for some quality “me time.” Get prepared by creating your own self-care kit. Then maintain a self-care routine to help you look and feel your best this fall. Whether you prefer to take a long, relaxing walk, journal, slip into a bath with a pumpkin scrub, knit, or paint, mindfulness and self-care are vital!

Embrace Seasonal Activities

Sweater weather is the perfect time to gather with friends and family. Whether you prefer to take in the fall foliage outdoors or snuggle up indoors, there are plenty of amazing experiences to be had this fall. Call up your loved ones and start filling your calendar with this list of fall activities:

  • Tailgate at football games
  • Host a game night
  • Enjoy the cooler temps with a scenic hike
  • Plan a weekend camping trip
  • Plan a movie night
  • Spend the afternoon apple picking
  • Gather around a bonfire
  • Visit a winery

Looking for more fall bucket list inspiration? Check out this guide!

Welcome Fall with Painting with a Twist

Now that you’re prepared for the season, it’s time to sit back and relax. Capture the magic of the season by booking a Painting with a Twist Zen Painting event! Enjoy a relaxing evening of painting where you can create your own piece of autumn home decor. Visit your local studio today and get ready for a fall-festive time!

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Your sisterhood is a sacred thing, and you want to do everything you can to build it up and keep it strong. That’s where team-building activities come in! These kinds of exercises and activities can help build trust, establish deeper bonds, and bring your sisterhood closer — all while having a fun time!

Whether you need a rejuvenating get-together for your sisterhood’s hard-working leadership team or are looking for creative team-building ideas for your whole sorority, we’ve got your back. Check out these ideas for sisterhood activities to help you bond and connect like never before.

Sorority Bonding Activities for Your Next Sisterhood Gathering

1. Create a Photo Scavenger Hunt

Sorority team-building games don’t have to be limited to trust walks and ice breaker games. Think outside the box with a photo scavenger hunt. Divide everyone into teams, then put together a list of obscure items for sisters to find or goofy pictures to stage at different landmarks around campus. The team that gets the most items and photos on the list within the time limit wins! Make your scavenger hunt prompts kooky and ridiculous to encourage memories and laughs, and give an awesome prize (like a coffee shop or restaurant gift card) to each member of the winning team.

2. Build Something

There’s no better way to build camaraderie than to physically BUILD something together! When you need sorority sister bonding activities that are sure to get a good laugh, hold a construction contest. Encourage your sisters to build the tallest structure or longest bridge using outlandish materials, like marshmallows and pretzel sticks or newspaper, LEGOs, and tape. Then, divide everyone into teams, and set a time limit. Whoever has the biggest, sturdiest structure at the end wins!

3. Host a Game Night

When it comes to sorority bonding games, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel! Host a game night for your sisterhood, and ask sisters to bring their favorite board or card games (Cards Against Humanity is great for groups!). Draw names to see who plays together first. Then have your sisters rotate to different areas, so they spend time with various groups of people throughout the night.

4. Put on a Talent Show

Need sorority team building bonding activities that can double as a fundraiser? Put on a talent show! Sisters can enter as individuals or groups, and you can sell tickets to friends to raise money for your philanthropy. Sisters can cheer each other on, and you’ll all be working together for a good cause.

5. Get Outdoors with a Sorority Sister Field Day

Sisterhood activities don’t have to be expensive or elaborate to be fun! Host a fun day for sisters on a budget with an outdoor field day. Include sorority team-building games and relays, like a sack race, water balloon toss, and wheelbarrow race. Weather won’t allow for an outdoor field day? That’s okay! Opt for classic Greek life games like team bingo or trivia to encourage sisters to mingle and make memories.

6. Throw a Paint and Sip Party

Getting crafty and creating something with your hands is always a great team-building and bonding activity! There’s just something about putting forth a little physical effort that can bring your entire sisterhood closer together. If you’re looking for a fun and laidback option that requires minimal prep and cleanup, why not book a paint and sip party at Painting with a Twist?

Our instructors will walk you and your sisters through the process of creating an original piece of “fun” art (not fine art!) while you and your sisters get to know one another better. Find your local Painting with a Twist studio and plan your sisterhood team-building party today!

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The weekend is quickly approaching, and you’re looking for a fun and creative way to spend your time. Never fear! Painting with a Twist has all the events you need to make this weekend one to remember — from Couple’s Date Night and Paint Pouring to Twist-at-Home Paint Kits and Trivia Nights! Learn more about the different ways you can have a blast at a Painting with a Twist studio near you!

Girls Night

Whether you’ve had a great week or a not-so-great week, a girls’ night out with your crew is always the answer. The happy hours, mani/pedis, and movie nights have all been done before. This time, when looking for fun things to do during the weekend, think outside the box! Round up your girl gang, grab your favorite vino, and book a girl’s night orprivate paint event for the ultimate wine-down weekend.

Date Night

Perfect for the first date or the 9,674th date, a couples’ painting event is everything a romantic night out should be: light-hearted, original, fun, and wine-filled, of course. You and your lucky date can sip BYOB wine while creating complementary paintings that, when hung together, create a romantic harmony almost as lovely as your relationship.

Trivia Night

Join a Painting with a Twist trivia night, and bring your friends, family, coworkers, or anyone you want to impress with your encyclopedic TV show knowledge! Our studios host themed trivia nights covering various topics, from beloved sitcoms and cult classic films to time capsule trivia all about the ‘80s or ‘90s. Your creative and competitive sides can both come out to play as you compete over trivia questions, create an on-theme work of art, and sip your favorite adult beverages.

Paint Your Pet

Sure, you love your pet. But do you love them enough to paint a custom portrait of them to hang in your home? (That’s a rhetorical question because obviously, the answer is “Yes!”) Painting a tribute to Fido at a Paint your Pet event may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you’re looking for fun stuff to do over the weekend. And that makes it even better!

So, what should you expect from a Paint your Pet class? When you sign up, you’ll submit a picture of your beloved four-legged companion. One of our talented artist instructors will sketch them on canvas. And all you’ve got to do is add the paint when you arrive!

Paint Pour Events

Get all types of tipsy at a Painting with a Twist paint pour event! In paint pouring, you’ll pour acrylic paint onto your canvas and then tilt and roll your canvas to allow the paint to flow, mix, and cover the surface in all sorts of spontaneous ways. The finished product is a beautiful and unpredictable marbled-looking painting. This weekend, pour paint while pouring yourself a tall drink.

Blacklight Events

Get ready to light up your weekend! Put on your best white or fluorescent-colored outfit and head to one of our blacklight events. You’ll create a psychedelic piece of art while painting under black lights with our neon glow paints. This is not your average art event, to say the very least, and that’s what makes it a great weekend activity!

Zen Events

Find complete relaxation after a hectic workweek at one of our Zen Collection painting events. While you paint a tranquil scene, one of our talented artists will walk you through breathing and meditation exercises — set to the sound of soothing music. Carve out time this weekend for a little self-care, and you’ll discover the joy of painting away your stress.

Coffee & Canvas Events

Not all fun weekend ideas are boozy! Sometimes, the only drink you need is a caffeinated one. Take your typical coffee date to the next level at a daytime Coffee & Canvas event! We’ll provide coffee (or feel free to bring your venti salted caramel mocha frappuccino) and everything you need to create a fun, seasonal painting. Brunch is overdone – this weekend, try something new with a Coffee & Canvas event!

Team Building Events

You know you hit the coworker jackpot when you include your coworkers in your Saturday activity ideas! There’s no better way to bond as a team than by getting out of your creative comfort zone together at a Team Building Paint Party. It’s all about making fun art, not fine art, and everyone will have a blast drinking, socializing, and following along with a guided painting session. This weekend, get “Out Of Office” and into a studio.

Twist At Home

If you’d rather not change out of your pajama pants this weekend but are looking for fun stuff to do, we’ve got you covered. With a Twist at Home Paint Kit, you’ll have everything you need – a canvas, paint, brushes, and instructions – to enjoy a Painting with a Twist experience in the comfort of your own home! Invite your girlfriends over, cozy up with your partner, or have some serious you time. Pick up a kit at your local studio, or have it shipped.

Have you found the event you’ve been looking for? Make this weekend one to remember by visiting your nearest Painting with a Twist studio to book the event made just for you!

Twist at Home

Are you looking for creative ways to spoil your significant other but don’t want another ordinary date night or a simple cozy night in? Get creative with a budget-friendly, romantic evening at home instead. Not sure where to begin? Fortunately, we have some fabulous tips on how to create a stay-at-home spa date night for your boo or beau!

Prepare Your Home Spa Kit

Before you dive into your couple’s at-home spa day (or night), you’ll need to stock up on a few things to make sure your spa is a success. Grab a few lavender, vanilla, or jasmine-scented candles to add an element of aromatherapy. You might want to select massage oils and bath soaks that incorporate similar or complementary scents to stay on theme. And don’t forget the snacks and libations. Chocolate treats and red wine are a must on any at-home spa day checklist.

Set the Mood

With your supplies in hand, it’s time for you and your partner to get in the right frame of mind to truly enjoy your spa night at home. Create a serene, romantic space by clearing out the clutter in the bedroom, bathroom, or living room — wherever you plan to enjoy one another’s company. Next, set the lights low by burning those candles you got earlier. Finally, put on your favorite romantic playlist, and get ready to relax.

Give and Receive a Massage

The core element of any spa day is, of course, a massage. Your own DIY couples spa day should be no exception. Not only are they an amazing way to relax, but you’ll also feel closer to your partner — physically and emotionally. Don’t worry; you don’t need to be professionals to experience the benefits of a couple’s massage. Watch a few step-by-step videos to start, and then prepare your space. Lay down a towel or blanket, grab some scented massage oil, and then get ready to work out those kinks and aches.

Soak Up the Romance

Once you’ve massaged the tension out of your muscles, draw a hot bath for your partner in the romantic glow of your previously lighted scented candles. Throw in a moisturizing bath bomb, or dissolve Epsom salts to melt away any stress they may have. To really kick up the romance, sprinkle some rose petals on the surface of the water. All that’s left to do is have them slide into the tub with a nice glass of wine. They’ll come back completely rejuvenated and excited for the next activity.

Put on Your Best Face with Couples’ Face Masks

Who said skincare had to be a solitary pursuit? Create your own DIY face masks with your S.O. to create a unique bonding experience — there are thousands of recipes available with a quick search. Or simply use some store-bought sheet masks. You’ll have glowing skin and a glowing relationship by night’s end.

Explore Your Artistic Side Together

If you want something to serve as a memento of your DIY couples spa day — other than the romantic memories and great skin — consider adding a painting session to your list of activities. Order Twist at Home Paint Kits from your local Painting with a Twist studio for that added, special touch of the “love hormone.”

trees and sunset set

Labor Day weekend is right around the corner, and you need fun ideas for the family — STAT! Since this holiday often marks the end of a warm and exciting summer, you’ll want to make the last hurrah extra memorable. From road trips to picnics, there are tons of fun Labor Day family ideas. Check out this list, and get inspired!

1. Take a Quick Road Trip

While a three-day weekend may not allow for a cross-country road trip, the best Labor Day trips can often be a little closer to home. Choose a neighboring city or state you want to explore, and rope in the kiddos when planning the routes and must-see excursions. Then, pack your bags, create the perfect playlist, and get out on the open road for some serious family bonding time.

2. Score Big on Seasonal Sales

Who doesn’t love a good shopping spree — especially one chock-full of back-to-school promotions and seasonal deals? Bringing home new clothes or shiny electronics is something everyone in your family can enjoy. So, round up those classroom essentials and fall-weather staples when getting out for this exciting Labor Day weekend activity.

3. Attend a Family Paint Event

Labor Day is often centered around spending quality time with family — which means doing your best to avoid on-screen distractions. A great way to implement this is by getting your family canvas-deep at a Painting with a Twist studio.

From kids painting events to family paint nights, joining the world of fun art (not fine art!) is an easy way to have family fun on Labor day weekend. Not only will your kiddos expand their creativity and try something new, but their phones and tablets will be the furthest things from their minds.

4. Have a Backyard Movie Night

A backyard movie is a fantastic cost-saving alternative to taking your entire family to the theater. By getting outside, you’ll put a creative spin on standard family movie nights and enjoy the crisp, warm weather of early September. Fashion a makeshift backdrop using a clean bed sheet, add comfortable seating (lawn chairs, blankets, floor cushions, etc.), and snuggle up for the ultimate backyard movie experience.

5. Go for an Afternoon Swim

In many places, Labor Day weekend marks the final days of open public pools. So, apply a little SPF, grab the floaties, and enjoy the last swim day of the season! In the event area pools have already closed, you can also look for a lake, river, or another natural body of water to hang out in for the afternoon. The idea here is just to splash around with your kids wherever you can.

6. Pack a Yummy Picnic Lunch

A picnic lunch provides all kinds of fun and can be super affordable at the same time. Slice up some fruits and veggies, make a few PB&Js, and toss in a few of your kiddos’ favorite beverages. Whether you picnic on your lawn or find a cute spot at a nearby park, having a picnic lunch is a wonderful, laid-back way for everyone to fill up on good food and great feelings.

7. Relax with a Game Night

Who says you have to leave your house for entertainment? It’s often those cozy nights at home that make for the best memories. Gather family-favorite snacks, pull out the board games, and take in all the laughter and light-hearted competition that comes from a few rounds of Uno and Monopoly. And if you’d rather steer clear of winner-centric games, puzzles are a great alternative.

Celebrate Labor Day at Painting with a Twist

With these Labor Day weekend activities at your disposal, your family is sure to have three days full of fun and cherished memories. And remember, when you book a Family Paint Event at Painting with a Twist, you’re guaranteed a fantastic outing for your entire family. Register for an event today, and see why easel time is the new screen time!

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National Red Wine Day is August 28th! That means it’s the perfect time to learn a little more about the wonders of reds, whites, and rosés. Gaining wine knowledge doesn’t have to be scary, and that’s why we’ve created a list of great first steps to lead you in the right direction. Learn more about wine with these tips, and supercharge your sommelier skills in no time!

Purchase a Wine Book (or Two!)

Before you head to a dozen tastings or invest in a bottle with a sky-high price tag, start accruing basic wine knowledge! Opt for reference books like The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. Other sommelier-approved reading recommendations include The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil and Into Wine by Olivier Magny.

With these reads, you’ll build a solid framework. You’ll learn how to categorize wine (e.g., light, medium, and heavy body; oaked and unoaked, etc.), appreciate wine and food pairings, and understand various wine regions, grape varieties, and their distinct flavors. All of which can put you on the sommelier bandwagon faster than you might think.

Join an Online Wine Community

Serious budding sommeliers wondering how to start learning about wine should also consider joining online academies like Napa Valley Wine Academy. The key is to find and join an organization with courses, educational materials, discussion forums, and events to help you meet your wine goals!

You can also dive into the world of wine by following sommelier social media accounts and listening to wine-centric podcasts. You’ll soak up new information at your leisure while getting elbow-deep in your day-to-day activities. Total win-win!

Learn From The Experts at Wine Tastings

When beginning your journey to sommelier, there’s no better way to learn about wine than straight from the gurus. Local wineries will often host wine tastings where you can try various — often local — flavors (and bring home a bottle of your favorite). Your host will walk you through the process, educating you about the wines you’re tasting.

Most importantly, don’t hold back with your questions! Your wine tasting host is a professional, and they’ll be happy to share their knowledge – especially if they know this is your intro to wine.

Spend Time at Local Wine Bars

Ask a sommelier how to learn more about wine, and they’ll make a common suggestion: spend time drinking wine with wine lovers! By making a wine bar your go-to hang-out or happy hour spot, you’re bound to learn tons of great, new things! Try new wines, take advantage of any special offerings, ask questions, make comparisons, and even take notes! Which, of course, leads to the final tip…

Taste, Taste, and Taste!

The best way to learn about wine is to try a whole lot of it. Pick up a bottle you’ve never tried whenever you go to the store. Order a glass of something that looks interesting on your next date night. Go to wine tastings to try several different wines without breaking the bank. Host dinners and ask guests to bring their favorite bottles, or treat everyone to a delicious homemade sangria.

Every time you try a new wine, make a point to read the label, look it up in your wine book, or do a quick search online. By tasting as many types as you can and doing your background research, you’ll start to connect the dots and familiarize yourself with the world of wine.

Put the “Twist” in Painting with a Twist

We’re all about the “twist” in Painting with a Twist. Join in on the fun! Grab your favorite bottle of wine and book an unforgettable Painting with a Twist event at your local studio — just in time for National Red Wine Day!

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Doing something out of the norm for your partner is a great way to bond and connect. And what better way to say, “I love you just because…” than by organizing a sunny, summery picnic you can both enjoy? Learn how to plan a stellar picnic date with these creative ideas and tips.

How to Pack the Perfect Picnic Basket

Find the Perfect Basket

When planning a romantic picnic for two, your first priority will likely be selecting the picnic basket itself! Pick up an old-school wicker basket from your local vintage market, or grab a reusable tote if you’re short on time.

When picnicking in warmer weather, consider bringing an insulated cooler to keep your food and refreshments cold. If you don’t have one on hand, tucking a few frozen water bottles into your picnic basket makes for an excellent alternative. Not only will the frozen bottles take the place of freezer packs, but once melted, they’ll provide a refreshing beverage for your sunny day out.

Plan the Menu

With food, you’ll want to steer clear of sack lunches, and instead, opt for curated, easy to snack on dishes, like a nice cheese plate or charcuterie board. Think cured meats, fancy cheeses, a selection of crackers, and olives or dried fruit. This classic picnic go-to allows you to incorporate a variety of flavors, pairs well with your favorite wines, and sets the stage for an amorous outing with your boo or beau!

Pack the Essentials

Pack dining essentials like plates, cutlery, napkins, stemless glasses, a wine opener, and a chilled bottle of wine or sangria. While fresh flowers are totally optional, they’ll wow your partner and compliment your food and beverage spread.

When figuring out how to plan a romantic picnic in the park, creating a rom-com-worthy ambiance is only the first step. Pack a large blanket to stretch out on, as well as some bug spray, sunscreen, and hand sanitizer. While the last three don’t scream romance, they will make your outing more comfortable in the long run.

How to Plan a Romantic Picnic in the Evening

Picnics aren’t just for afternoon enjoyment! In fact, going al fresco with a late-night picnic can prove even more romantic! The sights and sounds of dusk, the cool evening air, and an optimal location can all make for the perfect outing with your S.O.

Drive out to a romantic destination or lookout point and watch the sunset as you dine on your favorite foods. Follow the tips listed above to pack your basket, but also add in a candle or flashlight for easy navigation. You’ll also want to take a sizable throw blanket along for dining, wining, and stargazing.

How to Plan a Romantic Picnic at Home

Who says you have to leave the house to picnic? Yes, you can have a romantic picnic indoors! Picnicking at home means you’re not limited to bringing along small plates. Instead, order in from an upscale restaurant, or get in the kitchen and whip something up with your partner. To create the picnic vibe, place a blanket and pillows on the floor, light candles (or the fireplace!), and enjoy a blissful evening.

But if you and your beau like the idea of adding some additional at-home date night activities to your romantic event, go for it! The key to an amorous evening is choosing activities that allow you to connect with your partner — so refrain from screen time! Instead, unplug, get creative, and sprinkle in some artistic expression!

A Twist at Home Paint Kit is a great way to add some flair and spice to your at-home picnic date. We’ll provide all the necessary materials so that you and your partner can let your creative spirits run wild. Are you ready to try something new? Order a kit from your local Painting with a Twist studio, and get ready to embrace a unique and meaningful experience with your significant other!

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If you’re a proud pet owner, chances are you don’t need a good reason to spoil your four-legged companion. However, we’ve found the perfect annual opportunity you need to give your pup the royal treatment they deserve!

August 10th is National Spoil Your Dog Day, and there are endless ways to celebrate your fur-baby this year! Use these ideas to make pampering your pet extra “paw-some” on this unique summer holiday.

Set Up a Spa Day

Who says spa days are only for humans? When looking for the best ways to spoil your dog, you really can’t lose with a good grooming session. With the right products and attentive care, the chore of bathtime can become a fun and luxurious event for your pet.

Massage away the stress from your pup’s long, busy days of securing the yard against pesky mailmen and outside squirrels. Brush through their locks until their hindleg twitches with joy. And if you really want to take it the extra mile, spoil your pup with an impromptu grooming appointment. They’ll leave the pet salon refreshed, fluffy, and feeling like a million bucks!

Puppy Play Date

There’s no doubt your puppy loves the quality alone time you share, but it’s always nice to allow for bonding time with their best buds! Plan a pet get-together with your human friends and their furry companions.

Bring gifts to spoil your dog along the way, ensuring that you have snacks prepared and activities planned for both humans and pets alike. You and your friends can kick back and enjoy a great time while the four-legged attendees get in their steps!

Make Extra Special Snacks

Dishing out treats is a surefire way to put a doggy grin on your pup’s face. To switch it up on Spoil Your Dog Day, head to the kitchen to create one-of-a-kind delectables for your dog! Think peanut butter and pumpkin cookies and yummy pupsicles for their sweet tooth! All you need is a few of your pup’s favorite all-natural ingredients and a little creativity.

If freestyle baking isn’t your forté, a simple stop at your local pet store can help lead the way to your furry companion’s new favorite treat recipe.

Furry Friend Field Trip

Here’s another fun idea to show your sidekick you care — take them on a tour of their top-ranking locations! Most dogs love a good car ride, especially if it’s leading them to an adventure. Whether you hit the dog park, pet store, watering hole, or all of the above, a furry friend field trip is a great way to leave them with heart-warming doggy joy.

Pro tip: bring along a “pamper your dog kit” full of treats, toys, and anything else your dog adores.

Pay Homage to Your Pet

The best way to pay homage to your pet? Try your hand at painting a portrait of your prized companion at Painting with a Twist! Before National Spoil Your Dog Day comes to a close, use your candid photographs to inspire a permanent work of art. Book a Paint Your Pet event at your local Painting with a Twist studio, and commemorate the day for years and years to come!

Paint Your Pet Portrait

Sure, you could host another dinner party. You could serve the same wine and snacks as you always do and end the night watching yet another movie.

Or, you could jump on an epic trend and have some real fun after dark with a blacklight party. Whether you’re hosting a birthday party for your youngsters, throwing a Saturday night rager, or kicking back for a girls’ night, it’s time to try something different. Read on for our best black light party tips and ideas to give your celebrations a serious glow-up!

What Do You Need for a Black Light Party?

Well, this depends on the type of party you’re hosting, of course. But in general, you’ll need blacklights, decorations, food and drinks, and supplies for an activity of your choosing (black light paint party, anyone?).

Before you get the party started, though, you’ll want to give your guests clear instructions on your black light party invitations to make the most of your celebration. Guests may not know what to wear to a blacklight party, so include a few pointers, such as:

  • Wear a white or fluorescent outfit
  • Wear something you don’t mind getting messy (if you’re hosting a black light paint party)
  • Bring your best glow-in-the-dark accessories

Once your invitations are out, it’s time to create a gorgeous glowing atmosphere for your guests!

Glow In The Dark Black Light Party: Decoration Ideas

When it comes to blacklight party decoration ideas, you’ll have to think differently from a traditional celebration. Why? Because you’ll be partying in the dark, of course! Balloons and streamers aren’t going to cut it (and frankly, your guests won’t even see them!). Your black light party needs anything that glows in the dark or lights up, like:

  • Blacklights: you can buy bulbs to use in existing light fixtures or purchase a portable blacklight option instead
  • Glow sticks
  • LED or fluorescent balloons
  • Lava lamps
  • Glow-in-the-dark garlands

If you’re into DIY blacklight party decor, try putting inexpensive LED string lights inside wine bottles or mason jars for cute and easy accent lighting. Or, consider making a photo booth backdrop with a plastic tablecloth. Use glow tape to create a funky design, and be sure to set up a “glow bar” with glow-in-the-dark bracelets and accessories to wear in their photos and throughout the party.

Want something a little more custom for your blacklight party decor? Find a blacklight event at your local Painting With a Twist studio, and create a one-of-a-kind painting with glow-in-the-dark paint! You’ll get to experience the fun of a black light party before you host your own, and your guests will love the fluorescent flair of original artwork at your celebration.

Black Light Party Food and Drinks

DeLIGHTful Beverages

What’s more epic than a drink that glows in the dark? You already know that blacklights can create a neon glow on your clothing, but it can do the same for a common party food ingredient: tonic water!

To make any beverage into an unforgettable blacklight party drink, add a small splash of tonic water. Or, follow a simple recipe (like this one for blacklight lemonade!) and watch your guests “ooh” and “ahh” over their deLIGHTful drinks.

Lite Bites

As for blacklight party food, we have one word: neon! Brightly colored sprinkles will stand out in the glow of your black light party. And, much like tonic water can add a glow to your drinks, it can also create glow-in-the-dark foods too!

Dip cupcake frosting in tonic water, or whip up a batch of Jello with a splash of tonic water added. Individual Jello cups are perfect for a kids’ blacklight party, or you can make Jello shots for an adults-only version. Both are sure to get “glowing” reviews from your guests!

If you’d rather serve up more traditional party food, add glow tape to disposable serving dishes or decorate your table with plenty of glow sticks to keep things festive.

Where to Have a Black Light Party

Unless you have a room with no windows in your house (one that’s big enough to hold all your guests, at that), you’ll probably want to host your blacklight party outside after dark or find an alternative venue. If you must, you could use your living room and put black sheets or tablecloths over the windows, but even then, it’s best to wait until it’s dark outside so you can enjoy the full effects of your black lights.

Considering a black light paint party? Things are going to get messy! Add UV face and body paint to your list of blacklight party supplies, and let your guests paint their clothing and bodies before they hit the dance floor. For easy cleanup, host your party outdoors, or consider a different kind of blacklight paint party altogether.

Black Light Paint Party Ideas

At Painting with a Twist, you can host a black light paint party without the mess! Whether you want to host a zodiac-themed birthday party or just unwind after a long week, your local Painting with a Twist studio has everything you need to create memories — and glow-in-the-dark art! Bring your favorite drink, your black light party attire, your friends, and that glowing party spirit! We’ll do the rest.

At Painting with a Twist, our instructors can lead you through the process of creating your own glow-in-the-dark painting while you enjoy the company of your friends, coworkers, or partner — all while basking in the uber-cool glow of the blacklights. Turn on the blacklights and turn up the fun with a blacklight painting event at your local Painting with a Twist Studio today!

Blacklight Mushrooms Art

Summer break is coming to a close, and many amazing teachers are preparing for the year ahead. They’re organizing classrooms, going through training, and buying additional supplies and decorations to welcome your little ones back for another exciting school year.

It’s no secret that teachers do a LOT for our kiddos. And what better way to say “thank you” than with a small token of appreciation? Use these back-to-school gift ideas for teachers as the perfect kick-start to a new school year!

Classroom Supplies

Creative gift baskets full of colored pencils, pens, dry erase markers, and books for the class library are thoughtful back-to-school gift ideas for teachers. Since educators are known for using their personal budgets to purchase classroom essentials, why not start the year off by helping with some of those supplies?

Gift Cards for a Sweet Treat

There are plenty of ways, small and large, to show your kiddo’s teacher you appreciate their hard work! You can opt for something simple, like a $5 coffee gift card. Or, you can grab something more indulgent and generous, like a voucher to a local lunch stop or your favorite online retailer.

Not sure you’re able to shell out for a gift card but know you’d love to share the gift of a morning pick-me-up? Wrap a colorful bow around an individual teabag, and attach a note welcoming them back to the classroom. This is a perfectly personal way to save a few dollars while also making your child’s teacher feel thought of and appreciated.

Personal Essentials

Show your teacher you’re thinking of them with all-year essentials. Think reusable water bottles, hand sanitizer, coffee mugs, hand lotion, and fuzzy socks to enjoy after a long day on their feet. Teachers give their all, so offering them those little necessities can be a thoughtful way to kick off their work year.

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!

Teachers have the patience of saints. But that doesn’t mean they couldn’t use a little midday boost while on the job! Sending your kiddo off with chocolates, candies, or baked treats can help to ensure there’s a go-to stash of pick-me-ups during those inevitably chaotic classroom moments.

A Little Heartfelt Creativity

It can be hard to know what to give teachers at the start of a new school year. If you’re still looking for the best teacher gifts for back to school, let your creative colors fly with a craft! A heartfelt piece of art is a unique and meaningful way to honor your child’s teacher.

Collaborate with your kiddo to create a framed poem, a handmade greeting card, or a piece of art for the classroom! Exercising a little creativity can be a fun way to include your entire family in the excitement of the new school year ahead.

Bring in the New School Year at Painting with a Twist!

Teachers are the unsung heroes of society! Make their back-to-school gift as unique and thoughtful as they are with a special painting! Find your nearest Painting with a Twist studio, book a family paint event, and come into the new school year with a refreshing first impression.

Teacher Art
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