Unless you live in a remote location far from the hustle and bustle of city lights, observing the stars can be a pretty tricky task. Why not create your own cosmic universe, instead? Put brush to canvas and bring the starry night sky into your very own living room with Painting with a Twist’s galaxy collection.
Book a private party or group event for a chance to try your hand at this painting of a galaxy. The Galactic Pour is a beautiful blend of cosmic inspiration and the not-so-subtle hint of our love for wine. Round up the crew for a girl’s night out, and enjoy a stellar evening of painting and sipping.
Grab your PJs, leave the car keys on the rack, and put your painting skills to the test with a Twist at Home Paint Kit. Galactic Queen, one of our Twist at Home paint options, speaks to feminine, ethereal nature. It’s sure to be a hit with your crew of astral royalty.
Twilight Trees symbolizes devotion and connection. So, if you’re looking for date-night-out ideas, why not demonstrate the love you and your partner share with this romantic work of art? Pick a date, make a reservation, and learn how to paint a starry night sky for an amorous evening of artistic and cosmic alignment.
Or, you could set the universe aflame with affection by painting Blacklight Heart Galaxy, a piece that combines fiery romance with vibrant, passionate color. Collaborate on everything from canvas size to color schemes for the perfect couple’s set of cool galaxy paintings.
The zoo, the movies, and the trampoline park were fun, but what’s next? Why not bring the kiddos to Painting with a Twist for a creative family day out? With Kid’s Galaxy, your little (or not so little) ones can bring their imagination to life as they play with color schemes and make this beginner galaxy painting their very own. You might even leave the studio with an inspired little Picasso on your hands! Who doesn’t love having an artist in the family?
Is corralling your kids into the car and off their devices like herding cats? Order Twist at Home Paint Kits for an indoor family paint night instead. Put out the snacks, turn off the screens, and enjoy quality family time as you follow step-by-step galaxy painting instructions for Midnight in Miami.
Whether you’re planning a romantic evening for you and your partner, trying to liven up girls night, or looking for unique family activities, Painting with a Twist’s galaxy collection has a little something for everyone. With our Take Home Paint Kits, private party options, and group painting events, creating your galaxy painting is just a few clicks away.
If you’re ready to bring the beauty of the universe just a little bit closer, join a galactic painting event at your nearest Painting with a Twist location, and take home your very own galaxy-themed painting today!
Are you and your team tired of the usual team-building tasks? Switch up your office’s old routine, and try something new! With a little creativity, your team can start to make memories, form friendships, and look forward to work-related events. If you’re wondering what to do for some fresh team building activities, here are a few ways to start!
Trivia Night: Team Building Edition
You’ve probably attended a trivia night with friends and family before, but have you ever been to one with your coworkers?
Trivia is an awesome way to learn more about your workmates than you ever thought you would! Your coworkers’ unique strengths and knowledge will shine through as your team collectively and competitively answers questions.
What’s more, this activity can take place in many different spaces, which can make for a fun outing. Skip the search for the perfect trivia place, and bring your team to a trivia painting event at Painting with a Twist! With all sorts of trivia themes to choose from, you and your team are sure to enjoy the evening while creating their own themed work of art as a reminder of a night well spent.
If you and your team like to enjoy a remote work environment, join a virtual Painting with a Twist trivia night. No matter where your team members are, the familiar and fun nature of this game is sure to please the crowd. Remember — the best team building games for adults are ones that your team would happily engage in on their own day off.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Another effortless way to bond with your coworkers can be to simply get outside. Being out in nature can make us feel more relaxed, joyful, and open to connection, thus creating an ideal environment for team building.
Team building outdoors can manifest through many types of activities. Plan a scavenger hunt, sports game, hike, or even a picturesque picnic — there are plenty of options! Whatever you choose, this change in environment will help immensely in shifting everyone’s work mindset. Team building exercises for work are most successful when they take place outside of work!
Take a Tour
Happy hours are a pretty common concept when it comes to team building, but have you ever been on a happy hour tour?
Instead of just grabbing drinks, take your team on a culinary adventure! Plan a pub crawl or a restaurant tour that features several stops. By having an exciting agenda, you’ll help keep the momentum going and your coworkers engaged. This can also allow your team to switch up their seats and mingle amongst themselves. At the end of the day, you can all compare your favorite dishes, drinks, and destinations!
Painting with a Twist Team Building Events
A Painting with a Twist Team Building event is accessible to any work culture and provides a great way to integrate team building activities for all ages. Our events are led by professional artist-entertainers, allowing each member of your work family to kick back, relax, and create a beautiful piece of art.
Additionally, Painting with a Twist makes it easy to be an artist! All of the supplies, set-up, and clean-up are taken care of for your team. All you need to do is show up and express your creative talents — no skill level is required, just a willingness to have fun! Bond with your coworkers over the lighthearted expression of creating art, and you may even discover some hidden talents of your own!
Painting with a Twist Virtual Events
In addition to in-person events, Painting with a Twist also offers virtual team building event options. These events follow the same structure as the studio events; however, they can take place anywhere with a computer present. Your coworkers can either sign on individually from home or gather at the office!
Painting with a Twist carefully packages paint kits for your virtual event based on the painting you pick. You can either pick them up from your local studio or sign up in advance to have the paint kits shipped to each team member’s home. Whether you partake virtually or at one of Painting with a Twist’s studios, this work activity will definitely be one for the books.
On February 14th, couples express their admiration for one another by exchanging cards, candy, flowers, and other tokens of affection. But what about those who are single on Valentine’s — they get to spoil and treat themselves, instead!
If you’re flying solo this year, there are so many awesome and empowering activities you can do to make this day special! And what better company to keep than your awesome self? This year, make February 14th a self-love journey. Learn how to spend Valentine’s Day single by treating yourself to the best day ever with these activities!
Self-Care Equals Self-Love
Whether it’s a new haircut, a relaxing massage, or a mani/pedi, spoiling yourself for Valentine’s Day is a great way to boost your confidence and make you feel fabulous. If you’re on a budget, grab a sweet-smelling bath bomb, light a candle, and mellow out in the bathtub with some of your favorite tunes.
Bring the Squad Together for Galentine’s
Would you rather spend Valentine’s with your girl squad? Bring the crew together and celebrate Galentine’s Day instead! Shower your friends with love and adoration by doing a girls’ night full of laughter, drinks, movies, and karaoke, or opt for a bestie’s brunch at your favorite go-to restaurant!
You Grow Girl!
If you’re looking for an instant mood booster, pick up a bouquet of your favorite flowers and display them in a beautiful vase. Flowers are a great way to spruce up your living room or workspace, and choosing roses or any other delicately-scented variety will remind you of their beauty every time you walk by. If you want to go a step further, add some fresh flower petals to a warm bath for a luxurious, spa-like experience.
Take a Hike
If you’re not too far from a hiking trail or nature area, plan a day hike — solo or with a friend. Pack a picnic lunch with your favorite foods, and maybe even a bottle of wine to enjoy. If you’re in a colder climate that isn’t conducive to a mid-February hike, make your favorite meal or order takeout from your favorite restaurant and enjoy a cozy, indoor picnic right in your living room.
Find Valentine’s Singles Events
From Valentine’s Day singles parties to speed dating events, there’s likely a group of people just like you looking to make the best out of this awesome holiday. You can even make it a celebration by bringing your single pals along for the ride. Whether you’re single and loving it or looking for that special someone, you’re bound to have a great time!
Furry Friend Date
A pet can be the purr-fect companion for Valentine’s, so spend some time celebrating with your favorite fur baby. You know they’re always there for you, so why not do something nice for them too? Take them to a park for a nice day out, and shower them with extra head pats, cuddles, and some special treats. And if you’re feeling artistic, join a Paint Your Pet event at your local Painting with a Twist to have something to remember you and your pet’s special day!
Paint and Sip
If you’re looking for something fun and unique for Valentine’s Day, look no further than a Painting with a Twist paint and sip event. Join in on a love-themed group painting event and let your creativity run wild! Bring your bubbly and make a new friend (or two) while you paint your masterpiece. You’ll leave the studio feeling inspired, creative, and oh so in love with yourself and your beautiful work of art!
Singles Awareness Day? More like Singles Celebration Day! What better way to celebrate your freedom and independence than at a paint and sip event! Bring your friends — or come single and get ready to mingle — and bring your beverage of choice for a fun painting event at your nearest Painting with a Twist studio.
Happily taken? Single and lovin’ it? It doesn’t matter on Galentine’s Day! Now’s the time to celebrate your girl squad — just ask Leslie Knope! No boys allowed, so leave your boo behind, get the girls together, and check out these fabulous Galentine’s Day ideas that your whole squad will love!
Girls’ Day Out
Galentine’s Day only comes once a year, so treat yourselves to brunch before an afternoon of pampering at the spa — massages, facials, and mani-pedis for all! Then, hit your squad’s go-to spot for dinner and enjoy an evening of laughter and extra bonding time.
Must have: Make personalized goodie bags for each of your besties. If you need ideas for Galentine’s Day gifts to include, try a bottle of their favorite nail polish, a mini bottle of prosecco, or chocolates!
Girls’ Night In
Are you looking for the perfect girls’ night in idea? Wear pajamas and pretend you’re back in middle school for a good old-fashioned slumber party! 13 Going on 30, anyone?! Paint your nails, don your facial masks, get lost in a fun game of Truth or Dare, and sing terrible karaoke. But most importantly, pop some extra buttery popcorn, pull out the bubbly, and watch classic rom-coms deep into the night!
Must have: Grab some Galentine’s-themed sugar cookies from your local bakery. You know, the ones shaped like conversation hearts and champagne bottles — adorable and delicious.
Are you searching for a more unique girls’ night experience? Book a private paint party at Painting with a Twist! All you have to do is make the guest list, bring your favorite snacks and cocktails, and have fun with your best gals. It’s sure to become one of your favorite Galentine’s Day party ideas!
Must have: Pink cocktails — they’re perfect for Galentine’s Day! Try these:
Classic (& Classy) Cosmopolitan
2 oz. cranberry juice
1½ oz. vodka
½ oz triple sec
¼ oz. lime juice
In a shaker filled with ice, combine juice, vodka, and lime juice. Shake well, and strain into two large martini glasses. Drink and feel like you’re in an episode of Sex and the City.
Rim the edges of your glasses with pink crystallized sugar. Puree strawberries until smooth. In a shaker, combine strawberries, champagne, tequila, lime juice, and triple sec. Stir or shake until well combined. Pour into glasses full of ice.
2 oz white rum
2 oz grapefruit juice
1 ½ oz lime juice
½ oz maraschino cherry liquid
1 oz simple syrup
Grapefruit wheel for garnish
Maraschino cherries for garnish
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice, and shake to combine. Strain chilled cocktail into two coupe cocktail glasses. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel and a maraschino cherry. Enjoy!
Red Carpet Party
It’s the day to be a little extra! So, dress to impress, sip champagne, and set-up a photo booth. Instead of AMAs, VMAs, GRAMMYs, or Oscars, show some love and give each other superlatives — funny, sweet, sassy, or all of the above!
Must-have: Balloons! They’re at the top of every list of cute ideas for Galentine’s Day! Hearts, lips, the letters L-O-V-E — it doesn’t matter as long as they’re themed! Be sure to hang them where you can take plenty of pics.
Chocolate & Wine Tasting
Are you looking to get the winery experience without leaving the house? Bring the winery to you! You’ll need wines and chocolates, water and snacks to cleanse the palette, and a little knowledge to make you seem like a sommelier. Let everyone taste the paired wine and chocolates as you read the descriptions. When everything has been tasted, everyone can choose a glass of their favorite to continue enjoying for the rest of the night.
Create tasting cards for each wine and chocolate. Include the name, maker, and description. You can find these on the back of the bottle or wrapper — or with a quick online search.
Here are a few pairings to get you started:
Prosecco + white chocolate truffles or milk chocolate with hazelnuts
Sweet Riesling + white chocolate or dark chocolate with orange
Beaujolais + plain dark chocolate or dark chocolate with cherries/raspberries
Rosé + milk chocolate or white chocolate truffle with caramel
Must have: A charcuterie board. Build your board with two cured meats, a soft cheese, a hard cheese, mixed nuts, fruit, crackers, and a baguette.
Because… pizza! But forget frozen pizza — make your own! Throw on your aprons, put on your chef’s hat, and open a bottle of wine while you and your BFFs make the dough from scratch and pile on your favorite toppings. Making homemade pizza will be a blast — although you may wind up with a few questionable toppings layered onto your dish. When all is said and done, your crew will agree, this activity is one of the most fun Galentine’s Day ideas around.
Must have: Galentine’s cards. The best are always homemade (glitter, heart-shaped doilies, etc.), but there are plenty of sweet and sassy ones out there!
Celebrate Leslie-style (she has the best Galentine’s Day ideas, after all) with a Galentine’s Day brunch! Make frittatas and waffles topped with strawberries and extra whipped cream. Grab some croissants, and then whip up some lattes! When no one can eat another bite, exchange gifts — make it a White Elephant or go for a “Secret Cupid.”
Must have: Set up a build-your-own mimosa bar that pulls out all the stops! Provide prosecco and sparkling rosé, mixers including orange juice, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice, garnishes like strawberries, raspberries, and mint, and other cute extras like personalized champagne flutes and gold straws.
Celebrate Galentine’s Day this February 13th with a paint and sip event at your local Painting with a Twist! Bring your crew, something to drink, and get ready for some wine-drinking, memory-making fun!
Every year, celebrating Valentine’s Day leads to all kinds of cliché date nights and gift ideas that don’t adequately convey how much we care — or demonstrate how well we know our partner for that matter. But it doesn’t have to be this way!
Explore love languages for couples, how these can relate to your Zodiac signs, and some personalized Valentine’s Day gifts your sweetheart is sure to enjoy!
What Are Love Languages?
Dr. Gary Chapman popularized the subject of love languages in his 1992 release, ‘The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts.’ In his book, Dr. Chapman outlines the five general ways romantic partners express and experience love. These include:
Words of affirmation: When words of affirmation is your love language, you thrive on verbal praise, affection, encouragement, and compliments; words lift you up!
Quality time: If you value quality time, you like for your partner to be truly present. This undivided attention makes you feel important and secure in the relationship.
Physical touch: Hugs, kisses, holding hands, and other touches are the preferred way to show and receive love, as this is how people that value physical touch experience warmth and safety.
Acts of service: Anything your partner willingly does to ease your workload is a sign of love, from taking out the trash to making you breakfast before a big meeting at work.
Gift-giving: A thoughtful gift shows that you’re seen and cared for by your significant other. Gift-giving could be as simple as coming home to your favorite snack after a tough day.
People typically have a combination of love languages that help us feel loved and describe how we offer love in return. We often give love to others in the same way we like to receive it, so looking at how we share love with our partner could be a strong indication of what our own love language is.
Love Languages and Zodiac Signs
Since you’re now a bit more familiar with the concept of love languages, it’s time to look into how these relate to Zodiac signs. Learning about your partner’s astrological charts and the ways they receive love can offer great insight into who they are and help you form deeper bonds with them every day!
If you’re unsure of how to show your partner you love them, check out this list of love languages and their corresponding Zodiac signs!
Words of affirmation: Aries and Leo
Both Aries and Leo benefit from words of appreciation and encouragement to know they’re on the right track. Verbal affirmations relating to their creativity, joy, and purpose can go a long way in helping your partner feel seen and supported.
Quality time: Gemini, Pisces, and Sagittarius
Gemini, Pisces, and Sagittarius all love spending time with the people they’re closest to and being on the receiving end of someone’s full attention. Sharing an honest, authentic conversation with them is a great way to build trust and intimacy.
Physical touch: Scorpio and Taurus
Scorpio and Taurus feed off of affectionate touches like hugging, cuddling, and holding hands. Physical touch translates to love for these two, so by offering a welcome touch to your partner, you’re sure to facilitate a strong, long-lasting connection.
Acts of service: Aquarius, Cancer, and Virgo
One of the best ways to show love to an Aquarius, Cancer, and Virgo is to pitch in on chores or tasks without being asked. Acts of service don’t need to be grand gestures, but can be a simple reminder that someone else is looking out for them.
Gift-giving: Capricorn and Libra
When you’re looking for ways to love on a Capricorn and Libra, gift-giving is typically the way to go. To these signs, a gift says something words cannot, and can bring with it a genuine, emotional attachment to their partner and the relationship as a whole.
Personalized Valentine’s Day gift ideas
Now that you know how to show more love to your sweetie, it’s time to decide on a personalized Valentine’s Day gift that’ll both surprise and delight them!
These ideas are based on your partner’s Zodiac sign and corresponding love language, so they should be a great match for their specific interests — and help you avoid all those cliché gifts they’ve likely been given before.
Gifts for Aries and Leo
Buy a fun balloon bouquet featuring an uplifting message.
Make an elaborate homemade card detailing how much they mean to you.
Write an original love poem they can hang onto or revisit.
Create a video montage with messages from their friends and family.
Use conversation cards to facilitate a heart-to-heart chat.
Gifts for Scorpio and Taurus
Purchase a gift certificate they can spend on spa services.
Give them a foot, neck, or back massage of your own.
Build a basket full of bathtime essentials, like soaps and soaks.
Splurge on a weighted blanket that’ll feel like a warm hug.
Gift soft clothing items, like socks, slippers, or lounge wear.
Gifts for Aquarius, Cancer, and Virgo
Cook their favorite dinner and do the cleaning up afterwards.
Do all of the household chores and errands for the entire week.
Complete whatever’s on their to-do list so they can relax.
Treat them to a stress-free date night to spark their creative energy.
Buy a nice bottle of wine they can sip on after a hard day.
Gifts for Capricorn and Libra
Appeal to their sense of smell with a lovely candle or perfume.
Give them a fun night out with a painting gift card.
Help them stay organized with a planner or desktop calendar.
Purchase a magazine subscription they can use all year.
Add some green to their aesthetic with a low-maintenance plant.
Embrace Love at Painting with a Twist
Are you eager to incorporate some new ways to show love to your partner this Valentine’s Day? Join a Painting with a Twist date night at your local studio, or partake in a fun, virtual date night painting party right from home! No matter what they’re love language or zodiac sign is, you’re both sure to enjoy a fun paint and sip date night full of bonding, laughter, and fun.
From Cancer-inspired crabcakes to “Party Like a Scorpio” banners and balloons— throwing an astrology birthday party for yourself or your horoscope-obsessed loved one is sure to be a perfectly aligned affair! Celebrate your friends, yourself, and the stars with these zodiac-themed birthday party ideas!
1. Horoscope-Inspired Birthday Party
A horoscope predicts a person’s future based on the strengths, weaknesses, and personality traits associated with their star sign. Each zodiac is characterized by an element such as water or fire, a symbol, and a creature or item (i.e., centaur for Sagittarius and ram for Aries). So, play up these cool features of the zodiac with a horoscope-themed birthday party.
Amp Up the Feng Shui
A harmonious feng shui can truly tie your horoscope-inspired party together — from zodiac wine glasses and charms to horoscope decorated tableware, banners, and balloons. But with all the zodiac swag and accessories out there, it’s easy to get a little carried away. Organize your search by ensuring all of your decor and accessories fit into a single color scheme for a beautiful, seamless finish.
Astrology Party Games and Activities
Your guests may not know all 12 or 13 zodiac signs and dates (depending on which horoscope theory you subscribe to), but your party is a great place to learn! Play zodiac-themed charades and have the partygoers act out four qualities associated with their star signs. Whoever guesses the most signs correctly wins! And if you’re feeling a little risqué, hire a psychic or tarot card reader to shake things up. Surely the cards align with your weekly horoscope.
Pay homage to the planets and stars with a constellation-themed birthday party. From ethereal decor that will leave your guests feeling like they’ve stepped into a new universe to snacks and beverages so delicious, it’ll bring them back down to Earth.
The universe is jam-packed with stars, planets, asteroids, dark matter, and beautiful celestial energy. Replicate the universe with clever lighting and dark hues of blues, purples, and silvers for a truly otherworldly aesthetic.
Deck your home with fairy lights to put your guests in mind of the stars. Use mason jars, lanterns, staircases, or even wrap them around branches in your backyard for a truly stellar feel.
Set-up a black light in major party areas to emphasize the beautiful, neverending nature of the universe.
Use fluorescent, white paint to draw each constellation on large, dark blue fabric. Then, hang it up in your central party space.
Get galaxy tableware of your choice, and decorate your dining room set. Use galactic-inspired treats and snacks to finish off the look.
Cosmos Snacks and Treats
You’ll want your snacks and food to be out of this world, so why not bake cosmos-inspired cakes, cookies, pretzels, and even Galaxy Cheesecake Tarte? Use dark bases for your baked goods, such as midnight blue icings and creams, and dress them up to match the constellations for the perfect cosmos-inspired treats.
Many activities could take your cosmos party to the next level. Try backyard stargazing if you live somewhere far from obstructive city lights. Print out each zodiac constellation and have your guests find their own cluster of stars in the night sky. If you stay in the city, order a Twist at Home Paint Kit dedicated to galactic artwork to inspire and materialize your own constellations at any time of day.
3. Painting With a Twist Galactic Private Event
Although hosting an event can be both rewarding and exciting, sometimes it can be a little overwhelming — finding the perfect decor, making baked goods, and even cleaning up the mess after the party has ended can all be a chore.
Instead, book a galactic painting and astrology-themed private party event at Painting with a Twist, and spend your evening sipping, painting, and actually enjoying the party! Select a painting studio, choose the date, time, and painting of your choice, send us a guest list, and show up ready to enjoy a good time. You’ll plan the perfect party all while avoiding the stress of hosting. It’s a total win-win!
Don’t Forget Your Zodiac-Themed Party Cocktails!
Prepare cocktail drinks and bring them to the private party! For the perfect zodiac spin, create beverages that can be cleverly associated with the star sign of you or your guest of honor. Think two-toned drinks such as a layered strawberry mango margarita or a Tequila Sunrise for a Gemini’s tiered personality. Go the straightforward and no-nonsense route with Pear Spritzers for a Virgo. And if you have a loyal and true Capricorn in your corner, go traditional with a tasty sangria recipe.
Whether you’re celebrating the planets that rule your zodiac sign or organizing an event for a fellow horoscope lunartic, Painting with a Twist can help you host the perfect astrology-themed party! Choose a painting event at your local studio, and embark upon an adventure that’s out of this world.
Life gets busy. Sometimes a little too busy! But that doesn’t mean you still can’t make time for date night with your partner! Grab your significant other, and check out these fun and creative ways to add date night back into your busy schedule.
1. Embrace fun.
Creative date night ideas can help you stay in the habit of having fun together. Try a new activity, take a risk together, try new cuisines, see a standup comedy show, or ride a rollercoaster — just don’t forget to make fun a part of your busy lives together! Even if you only have a little time, make sure you allow the joy of fun to fill it well.
2. Keep it simple!
When life is busy, a simple date can be easy to fit into your schedule. Or, why not let someone else plan the fun for you? Painting with a Twist offers the perfect date night for busy couples. Whether you’re joining us in the studio or attending a remote event from the comfort of your home, having a plan for the activity you enjoy on your date together makes the night a simple solution — and lets you focus on each other. When it comes to date nights for busy couples, there’s really nothing better.
3. Be social!
Date night ideas for married couples tend to change course — and sometimes social groups — once your single days turn into wedded bliss. While you’re madly in love with each other, don’t forget the joys of being social!
Make new friends at a group event at Painting with a Twist You’ll be surrounded by couples trying something new, creative, and fun! It’s the perfect way to meet new people while still having dedicated date night fun with your special someone.
4. Make it family-friendly.
Whether you’re getting a babysitter for a night on the town or letting the kids in on the fun, date night should make everyone happy! With Painting with a Twist’s virtual events, it’s easy for busy parents to enjoy time together while keeping the whole family involved and engaged.
Date night ideas for busy parents shouldn’t be constrained to a babysitting budget — let the little ones get creative right alongside you! While you enjoy a glass of wine at our guided painting event, let the kids bust out their creative skills and make their own masterpieces.
5. Pop a cork.
Whether you’re balancing busy schedules together, an active family, a new marriage, or you’re a long-time married couple with nothing but time for each other, it’s important to make your date nights together special!
Pop a cork and have a glass of your favorite wine, make time for eye contact, remember to buy each other’s favorite snacks to enjoy throughout the night, lose yourself in the conversation you reserve for special nights together, and remember to celebrate each other — even if it’s just in small ways.
Sometimes, the simplest things make for the best date nights! Keep your next date night simple and fun, and bring your partner to your local Painting with a Twist for a fun and creative date night event you both will remember for years to come!
Snow day leaving you with winter blues and nothing to do? Sure, the fresh powder looks beautiful, but it also means going anywhere is probably out of the question! But you don’t have to let a little snow ruin your day. Maximize your snow day and help ward off cabin fever with these fun indoor activities for winter!
The 5 Best Things to Do When Snowed In
1. Cook or bake: use whatever you have in your home.
If you’re going to spend your winter day as a homebody, you might as well have something yummy to eat! Make your favorite soup (mmm, toasty!), baked dessert (nothing cozies up a space like the smell of freshly baked goodies), or branch out and try a new recipe. If you don’t have tons of groceries or specialty supplies on hand, check out SuperCook to find recipes that work with what you already have. Or, use something you have in plentiful supply — snow! — to make snow cream.
2. Treat yourself to a spa day.
You can’t go anywhere, so you might as well indulge in some relaxing activities to do indoors in the winter. Make a DIY face mask using honey, yogurt, or even oats. Paint your nails, but take it up a notch with a homemade sugar scrub for your dry winter skin (let’s be real, we all have it). Treat yourself to a day of pampering from the comfort of home. You deserve it!
3. Make a dent in a book.
If you’re not up for creative activities to do while you’re stuck at home, opt for something easy. Pour yourself a glass of wine, grab a fluffy throw blanket, and curl up with a good book. Let yourself get lost in a storyline or nod off for a nap. We won’t judge you for a winter midday snooze!
4. Channel your inner child with puzzles and games.
When you think about fun indoor activities in winter, don’t forget about old-fashioned fun! Jigsaw puzzles are a relaxing indoor activity for an enjoyable day of solitude. Have roommates or friends who live close by? Grab a deck of cards or bust out a few board games and make memories together while the snow swirls outside.
5. Make your own custom cocktail.
Fancy night out? Not going to happen. Fancy night in? Coming right up! Find a recipe for a cocktail you’ve always wanted to try, or make up your own drink recipe. Start with your favorite wine or liquor, add a mixer, and experiment with different fruits or flavors to create a signature cocktail that’s all your own. Cheers to finding your new favorite indoor activity — and your new mixology skills!
Need Fun Activities to Do Indoors in Winter? Painting With a Twist Can Help!
The best indoor winter activities are easy, fun, and memorable. Why not check all of those boxes with a Twist at Home Paint Kit! If you’re tired of being stuck at home on cold winter days, transform your kitchen table into a studio fit for a pajama-loving Picasso.
Order your Twist at Home kit online, and pick up from your local studio or ask about shipping options. Sip and smile your way to an at-home masterpiece when you join a live virtual painting event with Painting with A Twist!
As you enter the new year, you may have a list of resolutions to help you build better habits and make it your best year yet. And although this sentiment can be encouraging in the beginning, you may find yourself feeling frustrated and disappointed in your progress as the months roll along.
Instead, consider changing your list of resolutions to a more “New Year, Self Care” approach. So, ditch those huge resolutions, and switch things up with these simple tips to bring your best self into the new year.
1. Own Your Happy
Often, we lose ourselves in the busyness of our daily lives — work, children, social obligations, relationships, household chores… There’s hardly any time left in the day to do things you enjoy!
This year, promise to dedicate more time for yourself and the activities that truly bring you joy. In essence, own your happiness, elevate yourself, and unapologetically implement your self-care goals for the new year. Try things like:
2. Develop New Habits by Customizing Your Long-Term Goals
This year, take a little time to evaluate yourself, who you’d like to be, and what you’d like to get better at. How does the new you look, act, and speak? Are you a better guitarist, a stronger public speaker, or a successful CEO? Have fun with the process and customize those broad, long-term goals.
If you’d like to become a better reader, for example, break that down into more manageable, bite-sized chunks. Try reading 10 minutes a day, three times a week, and as the year progresses, continue to customize, grow, and expand upon your goal until you’re where you want to be. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Remain patient and be gentle with yourself.
3. Find Your Tribe
Seek out people that fill your proverbial cup. Having a tribe can help alleviate any angst you may feel when trying new things.
Start by making a list of adjectives that best describe you — academic, creative, selfless, ambitious, thrill seeker, etc. — and align that with a community of people that are most similar to you. For example, if one of your attributes is “Nature Enthusiast,” sign up to get your scuba diving license or join a hiking group. You’re sure to meet people along the way that share your enthusiasm for mother nature.
What if you’re more of a creative? Find programs and locations that other artists like yourself might frequent, such as a Painting with a Twist event or music festival. In short, create a safe haven of people that help steer you towards fulfilling your goals of self-care for the new year. Here are a few tips for finding your tribe:
Attend Programs and Meetups in your area
Become more open to spontaneous conversations
Lend a helping hand to others
Join Facebook groups
Frequent places you enjoy
4. Say Yes
That camping trip your friends invited you to might sound more laborious than lying around in your PJs and watching Rom-Coms all weekend, but it doesn’t bring new experiences, closer bonds, or lasting memories. Try being open to new adventures because you truly never know what’s on the other side. And if opting out becomes a habit, you could lose out on some of the greatest joys life has to offer.
Burst through your fears, get out of your comfort zone, and say “Yes!” to new experiences and opportunities you’ve grown comfortable saying “No” to.
Whether your self-care new year’s resolutions involve developing new habits, saying “Yes” to new adventures, or finding your tribe, Painting with a Twist can help you get the ball rolling! Choose a painting event at your local studio, and embark upon the new year with a more creative, happier, and self-assured you!
Some merry music and decorations can help set the mood around the holidays, but it’s even better with a festive drink in your hand! Help get in the holiday spirit with these 10 fun and easy holiday cocktail recipes.
Trade in your usual mimosa for the holiday season. The Poinsettia is one of the simplest (and prettiest!) holiday cranberry cocktail recipes you can make.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
4 oz. prosecco
2 oz. cranberry juice
Pour cranberry juice into a champagne flute. Top with prosecco. Drop in a few fresh cranberries for a pretty and extra festive touch.
2. Sugar Plum Spritz
Visions of this spritz will be dancing in your head all night! It plays with the flavors found in real sugar plums (contrary to their name, they are not just plums covered in sugar) and has a lovely balance of crisp lightness and warm spice.
Prep Time: 5 minutes for cocktail + 20-25 minutes for simple syrup
8 oz Prosecco, chilled
2 oz Aperol
2 oz sugar plum syrup
1 dash cardamom bitters
Sugar Plum Syrup
3/4 cup water
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 cardamom pods
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
Slice the apricot and one plum into quarters. In a saucepan, combine the sliced plums and apricots, honey, water, almond extract, cardamom, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the honey is dissolved, then turn to low and cook about 5 more minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain into a container to remove the cardamom, star anise, cinnamon stick and larger fruit pieces, then refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. You can easily make this the day before so it’s ready to mix at cocktail hour!
Wet the rims of each champagne flute and dip them in sugar. Slice second plum into small wedges and add a wedge to each champagne flute. When the sugar plum syrup is chilled, pour 2-3 oz into each flute. Top each with 1 oz Aperol, a dash of bitters, and 2 oz chilled Prosecco.
750 ml bottle of red wine, such as Garnacha or Pinot Noir
First, prepare your fruit. Dice the apples and pears into small pieces with the skin on. Cut the orange and lemon in halves. Slice one half of each into thin wheels.
Add half of the diced apples, cranberries, and pomegranate seeds to a large pitcher along with the maple syrup and juice from the intact lemon and orange halves. Cush with a muddler or wooden spoon, then stir. Add orange and lemon wheels, diced pear, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and the remaining apples, cranberries, and pomegranate seeds. Pour in the cranberry juice, apple cider, brandy, triple sec, and red wine, then stir to combine. Add sparkling water and additional maple syrup to taste. Stir it again to incorporate all of the ingredients.
Chill at least two hours before serving. When ready, ladle it into glasses with plenty of fruit in each one, and enjoy!
4. Red & Green Gin & Tonic
Deck your typical gin & tonic with red cranberries and green rosemary to turn it into a festive affair!
Prep Time: 5 minutes for cocktail + 20-25 minutes for simple syrup
4 oz gin
6 oz tonic
2 oz rosemary simple syrup
4-6 fresh rosemary sprigs
6-8 fresh cranberries
To make rosemary simple syrup, combine the water, sugar and rosemary sprigs in a saucepan. Heat until simmering and the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Remove the rosemary sprigs. Transfer the syrup to the refrigerator, and chill for about 15 minutes. Make it ahead of time for easier, in-the-moment bartending.
To serve the cocktail, fill two rocks glasses with ice. Pour 1 oz of the sage simple syrup and 2 oz of gin into each glass, then top with 3 oz of tonic. Give it a quick stir. Add a sprig of rosemary and a few cranberries to each glass for a festive red and green display!
5. Tangerine-Mint Margarita
With the right ingredients, a margarita can hang with other winter holiday cocktail recipes. Tangerine does the trick in this merry marg!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
4 oz fresh tangerine juice
4 oz blanco tequila
2 oz triple sec
2 oz lime juice
2 oz simple syrup
2 T sugar
1 T tangerine or lime zest
To make sugar the rim, combine sugar with the zest of a lime or tangerine. Pour it onto a small plate. Wet the rim of 2 to 3 glasses with citrus juice, then dip each into the sugar, turning the glass to cover the rim.
Combine the tangerine juice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake to mix and chill ingredients. Pour it into the sugared glass, over ice if preferred. Add a tangerine wheel and mint leaves to garnish.
6. Santa Clausmopolitan
Your guests won’t be able to resist this cleverly-named cocktail by Delish. Leave one out for Santa, and you’re sure to make the Nice List. Ho, ho, ho!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
3 oz vodka
3 oz cranberry juice
½ oz triple sec
½ oz fresh lime juice
½ c fresh cranberries
Lime wedge, for rim
Sugar, for rim
Run a lime wedge around each martini glass, then dip it in sugar. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec, and lime juice. Shake until the cocktail shaker is cold. Divide the drinks between rimmed glasses and add cranberries for garnish.
7. Winter Spice Old Fashioned
Add this jolly riff of an Old Fashioned to your repertoire of holiday bourbon cocktail recipes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes for cocktail + 20-25 minutes for simple syrup
2 oz bourbon
½ oz spiced simple syrup
2 dashes orange bitters
1 dash aromatic bitters
Cinnamon stick for garnish
For Spiced Simple Syrup
1 c brown sugar
1 c water
2 whole cloves
2 cardamom pods
2 whole nutmeg
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
To make spiced simple syrup, combine the water, sugar, and all the spices in a saucepan. Heat over medium-low until simmering and sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain out spices. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for about 15 minutes.
In an old-fashioned rocks glass, add the bourbon, spiced simple syrup, and bitters, and stir to combine. Add ice and stir until cool. Squeeze the orange peel to release the oils, and add the peel to the glass along with a cinnamon stick to garnish.
8. Fig & Vanilla Bean Fizz
Tis the season for festive sips! Try this delicious vanilla bean and fig cocktail — it’ll make your and your guests’ list of the best holiday cocktail recipes you’ve ever had!
Prep Time: 5 minutes for cocktail + 25-30 minutes for simple syrup
3 oz gin
1 oz fig and vanilla bean simple syrup
4 oz tonic
Fresh figs for garnish
For Fig and Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup:
1 c chopped figs
½ c sugar
½ c water
1 vanilla bean, cut in half and seeds scraped
For the simple syrup, add all the ingredients to a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until the figs break down (about five to seven minutes) while stirring frequently. Let the mixture cool, then strain the liquid.
Add gin, simple syrup and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, and then pour it into two ice-filled cocktail glasses. Top each with 2 oz tonic. Garnish with sliced figs and thyme sprigs, and serve.
9. Peppermint White Russian
Meet the boozy relative of the Peppermint Mocha! Just as fall goes hand-in-hand with the iconic flavors of a pumpkin spice latte, the holiday season isn’t complete without the classic zing of peppermint. And what better way to get your peppermint fix than in this easy and delicious Peppermint White Russian!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
4 oz vodka
4 oz coffee liqueur
4 oz peppermint schnapps
2 oz cream or half-and-half
Whipped cream (optional)
Mini candy cane
Combine vodka, coffee liqueur, schnapps, and cream in a shaker with ice. Shake it until chilled and pour the mixture into a mug or rocks glass. Top it with whipped cream (optional but encouraged) and a candy cane.
10. Classic (Spiked) Eggnog
Last but not least is the pinnacle of all classic holiday beverages: spiked eggnog! Once your eggnog is made, you can add as little or as much “spiked” as you’d like! This recipe uses rum, though it’s more than acceptable to substitute a good bourbon, brandy, or even vodka!
Separate the egg yolks into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add sugar and beat together until mixture is smooth and fluffy.
Combine the milk, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a saucepan and warm on low heat until steaming (do not simmer or boil), stirring frequently.
While still warm, pour half of the milk mixture very slowly in a thin stream into the egg mixture while whisking constantly to temper the eggs. Continue whisking for several minutes after the mixture is incorporated. Then, slowly pour the milk and egg mixture back into the saucepan to combine with the remaining milk mixture, stirring constantly to prevent curdling. Cook slowly, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.
Remove from the heat and stir in the cream. Strain out any curdled bits, if any. Stir in the vanilla extract and rum (or omit rum if desired). Chill completely before serving. Pour into mugs or glasses and sprinkle it with cinnamon.
Enjoy Your Holiday Cocktails at Painting with a Twist
The best way to spread holiday cheer is to share your holiday spirit — and spirits! — with the ones you love. Invite your friends to a painting event at your local Painting with a Twist to enjoy your holiday cocktails while you paint a festive painting and share an unforgettable holiday experience!