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Spring is the perfect time of year to purge your old decor and give your home a new look! From fresh flowers and spring-themed scented candles to seasonal artwork, you can truly make your space come alive with refreshing, springtime energy. Check out these springtime decorating tips that are sure to give your house a warm-weather makeover.

Let the Light In

Spring home decor ideas are really about savoring the new season, and what’s better than embracing the lighter, brighter days? Open blinds, swap out curtains for a lighter aesthetic and use textured glass vases to catch and reflect the light throughout your home.

Mirrors are another fantastic addition to consider. They function not only as wall hangings but also as spring bathroom decor or even coasters for new house plants. Most importantly, mirrors can bounce springtime light throughout your space to help create a fresher, brighter atmosphere.

Create Space for Seasonal Moments

Springtime vignettes are a simple, affordable way to highlight the season in your home. Introduce potted plants, bright colors, seasonal scented candles with light, bright fragrances like mint or basil, a bud vase of fresh flowers, and some new artwork to anchor the scene.

Not sure what artwork to display? Let Painting with a Twist help you with DIY spring crafts and decor! With springtime decorista kits, you’ll have everything you need to spruce up your sitting room with a bright spring touch. Join an event in-person or at-home today!

spring paintings

Embrace Sun-Kissed Outdoor Décor

Decor doesn’t just need to be for the indoors! Liven up your outdoor space with front porch decor ideas for spring. Add a tulip wreath, a brightly painted flag, or a spring porch leaner to your front entry. Not sure where to start with the DIYs? Painting with a Twist has the perfect spring-themed events for you! With bright sunflowers, rustic welcome signs, or spring bunny designs, there are plenty of front porch leaner options for every home.

Let Spring Colors Hit Your Pallette

The colors of spring are beautiful, and they can be an especially welcome change in your dining spaces! For spring kitchen decor, think about changing up your place settings and bringing more seasonal produce into your meals and tablescapes. And don’t forget to pop a bottle of warm-weather wine like a Torrontes or Vino Verde! Embracing the change of the season in all senses can make the warm weather shift feel like a proper celebration.

Springtime Décor with Painting with a Twist

Redecorating in the springtime doesn’t have to be bland and boring! Whether you need art to liven up a blank wall in the house or you’re looking for a little inspiration, a Painting with a Twist event is the perfect place to start! From beautiful porch leaners to colorful canvas paintings, you’re sure to find an event near you that speaks to your inner springtime decorista.

spring painting

After months of cold temps and being cooped up in the house, the warm spring weather has finally arrived! Birds are chirping, flowers are in bloom, and it’s time to take advantage of all the goodness spring has to offer. Check out our list of must-try springtime outdoor activities to help you stay healthy and happy during this special season.

12 Fun Things to Do In Springtime

By the time spring rolls around, most of us are jumping at the chance to head outside for a bit of fresh air. That’s because there’s really no better feeling than spending hours outdoors after you’ve spent the last few months hunkered down at home.

Check out these twelve fun (and affordable!) things to do in springtime to help you make the most of this time of year.

1.Go for a Bike Ride

A bike ride makes an excellent solo adventure, but it’s also a prime activity to enjoy with a friend or the whole family. Hopping on a bike is a great way to take in your neighborhood from a new perspective or a chance to check out the paved paths around your community.

2. Plan a Picnic

Nothing says springtime quite like planning a picnic for you and a loved one. Regardless of if you picnic at a local park or right in your own backyard, bringing a meal outdoors is the perfect way to soak up the warm weather and share some quality time together.

Picnic

3. Plant a Garden

If you want to snack on homegrown produce all summer long, you’re smart to plant a garden in the spring. Grab your gloves, your trowel, and a few of your favorite seed packets, and savor a quiet weekend digging around in the dirt.

4. Go Camping

Camping is one of the best springtime activities for any avid or aspiring nature lovers. There’s something altogether wonderful about sleeping under the stars, and spring has the ideal climate for setting up camp and roasting a few s’mores.

5. Explore Local Trails

There’s almost nothing better than going for a long walk on a lovely spring day! Take an opportunity to enjoy the extended daylight hours and explore the local walkways near your home or venture out a little further to tackle a hiking trail and marvel at the greenery!

6. Play In the Park

Playing in the park is an inexpensive and accessible way to embrace a warm spring afternoon. Bring along a colorful kite, throw a frisbee with your friends, or tie up a hammock among the trees, and take a quick nap in the shade.

7. Try Outdoor Painting

If you’re interested in springtime art activities, you should try outdoor painting! When you join a Twist at Home painting event at Painting with a Twist, you can create a nature-inspired piece and even set up your materials outside for the ultimate spring experience!

8. Visit a Farmer’s Market

While spring is a fabulous time for growing, it’s also an exciting time to visit your area farmer’s market. After making it through the long winter months, few things taste better than various locally-grown fresh fruits and veggies.

9. Head to the Drive-in

Spending a night at the drive-in is one of the best date night ideas around, and it’s sure to make for a memorable spring evening. But if there’s not a drive-in within close distance to you, you can always host an outdoor movie night right in your backyard!

10. Attend a Live Show

As soon as temperatures start to climb, outdoor concerts and performances become incredibly popular. Bring your lawn chair or your favorite blanket along for the ride, and get ready to take in some awesome entertainment in the warm spring air.

11. Fire Up the Grill

Why waste a gorgeous night hovered over your stove when you could fire up the grill out in the yard? Keep dinner fun by moving things outside and throwing some fresh ingredients or seasonal favorites on the grill.

12. Watch Spring Sports

Even if you’re not the biggest sports enthusiast, there’s nothing quite like catching a baseball game or a soccer match in late spring. The crowd and the food are enough to make for an amazing outing. And you might even become a new fan!

Ring In Springtime at Painting with a Twist

When you join a spring-inspired painting event at Painting with a Twist, you can capture the magic of the season with ease! Sign up for an in-studio event near you, or pop into a Twist at Home virtual event to take your spring painting experience into the great outdoors.

Is your inner creativity in need of a little spark? Then it’s time to join your fellow Twisters at your local Painting with a Twist studio for a fun and inspiring paint and sip event! Whether you’ve never touched a brush in your life or you consider yourself an experienced artist, these paintings are sure to help you channel your inner Twister and leave you feeling creative and inspired!

A New Day

No matter what life throws at you, there’s always the guarantee that tomorrow is a new day. A new day means a fresh start, a new beginning, and new opportunities — and that’s exactly the kind of vibes you’ll get when painting A New Day!

With soft blues, oranges, and reds, this inspiring painting helps invoke feelings of peace, tranquility, and hope. The scenic mountain landscape provides plenty of opportunities to be unique. After all, there’s practically no wrong way to paint a mountain!

A New Day leaves plenty of room for your own creative choices. Give your painting more sunlight, fewer clouds, taller mountains, more stars, or even some calmer water. This landscape painting’s soft hues make it a great focal point in any room in your house.

A New Day Painting

Moonshine

Are you inspired by the night sky? Bottle up the moon and stars and bring them home with you with our Moonshine painting! With darker blues, deep greens, and bright whites and yellows, Moonshine is a perfectly inspiring painting for any stargazer or moon lover.

The large canvas and simple design afford you plenty of room to get creative. Add more twinkles, brighten up the greenery, paint the moon twice as big, or add as many stars as it takes to leave you with that inspired feeling!

Hang your Moonshine painting somewhere with lots of natural light to help get the most from the deep, rich blues and greens. A bedroom or bathroom is the perfect place to admire your homage to the beautiful night sky!

Moonshine painting

To the Moon and Back

Are you looking for more whimsy in your night sky-themed painting? Unleash your inner Twister with the oh-so-adorable To the Moon and Back painting. This painting features the more traditional 16×20 canvas and offers lots of opportunity for your own creative touches.

Beautiful white stars and a soft blue-gray moon pop out at you from a deep, black background, and the words are your chance to add your personal handwritten touch to your painting.

If the notion of putting brush to canvas scares you, To the Moon and Back is the painting for you. There’s no need to fear mess-ups and accidents. First, there are never any accidents in fun art! Second, even if you do find yourself wishing for an undo button, the black background provides a very forgiving foundation to work with. Don’t like one of the stars you painted? Go back over it with more black! Does the space between letters seem off? Cover them up and try again!

With its playful tones and heartwarming message, To the Moon and Back is sure to leave you feeling inspired — no matter if you plan on hanging your painting in your home or giving it to your significant other!

To the Moon & Back Painting

Dream Castle

Are you a wishful thinker? Do you often find yourself daydreaming about your own fairytale story? Use your paintbrush to capture those inspirational feelings in this Dream Castle painting. Bright, starry yellows sit on top of deep hues of blue and black, making this painting come to life and fill your imagination with magic and inspiration!

Dream Castle is your chance to let loose and have some fun with your inspirational painting. Make your shooting stars bigger, your castle brighter, the water bluer, or fill the sky with endless amounts of stars.

With the dot painting technique, it’s easy to make your castle as grand or as simple as you’d like. And with your choice of a traditional canvas or a wood board, you can make this painting uniquely yours down to the last dotted brush stroke. Hang your Dream Castle painting anywhere in your home where you could use a little more inspiration — be it your home office, the kitchen, or your family room.

Dream Castle Painting

Ready to Get Inspired? Join a Paint & Sip Event Near You!

Is your inner Twister longing to let loose a little creativity? Check out these and other inspiring painting events at your local Painting with a Twist studio! From twinkly castles and star-filled galaxies to beautiful landscapes, you can find an in-studio or virtual Twist at Home paint and sip event that’s sure to appeal to your creative side and leave you feeling inspired!

Spring break is a highly anticipated time for students and teachers alike. However, all of that excitement can wear off pretty quick for your kids if they have nothing to do! Stop the boredom before it starts by enrolling your kids in specialized spring camps!

Kids camps help create a space for learning and new experiences without feeling like a stuffy school environment. Enroll your child in a spring break camp, class, or course that matches their interests, and everyone wins! Here are a few ideas for spring break camps for kids.

Sports Camps

Does your household include an athlete-in-training? If your kiddo is into sports, you’ll definitely want to make plans in advance for outdoor activities. That way, once spring break hits, they’ll be able to spring into a schedule of athletic events!

Week-long sports camps and part-time intramural teams can be found all over the country. In addition, if your child doesn’t belong to a full-time sports team or league, now might be a good time to take a look around! For a day of sports fun, you can even organize a pop-up tournament in your own neighborhood. Springtime brings plenty of outdoor activity options!

Educational Camps

School may be out for spring break, but that doesn’t mean learning has to stop! Consider registering your child in an educational spring camp for kids. There are many different online camps that specialize in educational skills. For example, kid-friendly STEM courses and camps impart cutting-edge knowledge on coding and computer science. Queue up one of these camps for spring break, and you can introduce your child to a new subject that may not be offered at their school.

Kids Camp with a Twist

Painting with a Twist has the perfect solution for your stir-crazy kiddo. Sign your child up for a Painting with a Twist Kids Camp, and they’ll come home with new skills in painting plus a creation all their own! While they’re there, they’ll be able to enjoy delicious snacks, fun music, new friends, and be guided through the painting process by one of our fun studio instructors.

Painting with a Twist’s Kids Camps are great for kids of all ages and can range from one-day events to week-long workshops. Each event features its own uniquely awesome project! These spring break camps for kids fill up fast, so make sure you reserve your spot before school lets out.

At Painting with a Twist, everyone is an artist! Enroll your child in one of Painting with a Twist’s Kids Camp options, and they’re sure to come home a happy camper!

kids camp

And psst, while you’re signing up your kiddo, be sure to check out our other events to help YOU unwind. Rekindle your love at a date night event, bond with coworkers for happy hour or team building events, and have fun times with friends. Whether you’re looking for a camp for kids or just something to do with the whole family, Painting with a Twist has a wide variety of event options for everyone.

When it comes to planning a bachelorette party for the bride-to-be, you might think it’s necessary to throw a wild party and spend tons of money. But you can break that stereotype and still have a fun bachelorette party with these unique party ideas the whole “I Do” crew will love!

1. Host an Art + Wine Party

Aside from the tiaras and beads, glamourize your bachelorette party by creating your very own custom piece of art! Center your party around quality time, private memories together, and beautiful take-home favors for the guests (don’t forget the bride’s favorite beverage, of course!) Is the I Do Crew spread all over the country? Host a virtual bachelorette party with our At-Home Paint Kits. We’ll give you everything you need to have fun and get creative!

2. Go Camping

Looking for a retreat the whole bridal party will love? Book a camping trip! Get away from the hustle and grind of daily life, and give your crew the chance to bond in the great outdoors, share stories over a campfire, pop some bubbly, and, of course, roast s’mores!

Camping doesn’t have to be sleeping bags and small tents. Go all out by glamping with nice blow-up mattresses, some mattress toppers, faux-fur blankets, and some battery-powered mood lighting to set a little campsite ambience.

3. Party At Home

Looking for low-key bachelorette party ideas? Start with some bachelorette party ideas at home, like decorating the space, inviting your favorite friends, planning a meal together, and making a playlist of your favorite songs. To add even more fun to your at-home bachelorette party, include a virtual event on the itinerary! Painting With A Twist makes it easy to bring the fun of the studio to your space.

4. Start Early

Rather than begin the itinerary with late-night bars and clubs, start with some bride tribe bonding early in the day. Grab breakfast together, have a picnic in your local park, or opt for something more adventurous — like white water rafting! After all, quality time doesn’t need to wait until after nightfall. Your bachelorette party can be fun any time of the day.

5. Book a Private Event

Unlike rowdy bars, a private party can allow for personal elements for both the bride and her crew. From unconventional partiers to bachelorette traditionalists, private parties give your crew the chance to keep things personal and intimate while still having a great time! Personalize your private party around the bride’s favorite activity. Choose your favorite art, music, wine, and foods to include at your private party. Then, let loose, have fun, and make some lasting memories!

Are you looking to host the perfect private bachelorette party but are in need of a venue? Your local Painting with a Twist studio has your back! Schedule your private bachelorette paint and sip party, bring your favorite beverages and snacks, and let a Painting with a Twist artist-entertainer lead you through the creation of your custom artwork. And that beautiful painting you make at your private painting party is yours to keep, so the party will live on in your home long after the tiaras and party beads have come off.

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.

Girl’s Night

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.

Date Night

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.

Family Time

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! 

team building event

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.

Team Building Just Got Better

It’s time to bust the myth that team building can’t be fun! After all, a little imagination can go a long way, and your coworkers will appreciate your earnest effort to keep things interesting. Sign up for a Painting with a Twist team building event with your local studio, and witness the results of a team build that everyone truly enjoys!

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.

girls day

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.

Paint Party

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!

galentine painting

Must have: Pink cocktails — they’re perfect for Galentine’s Day! Try these:

Classic (& Classy) Cosmopolitan

Yield: 2

  • 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.

Strawberries & Champagne Margarita

Yield: 2

  • 2 c strawberries, hulled
  • 1 ½ c champagne
  • 1 ½ c tequila
  • ½ c fresh lime juice
  • ½ c triple sec
  • Pink crystallized sugar

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.

Hemingway Daiquiri

Yield: 2

  • 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:

  1. Prosecco + white chocolate truffles or milk chocolate with hazelnuts
  2. Sweet Riesling + white chocolate or dark chocolate with orange
  3. Beaujolais + plain dark chocolate or dark chocolate with cherries/raspberries
  4. 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.

Pizza Night

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!

Besties Brunch

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.
  • Sign up for a virtual painting event and spur on their creative side.

Gifts for Gemini, Pisces, and Sagittarius

  • Take them on a scenic drive with a special playlist you curated.
  • Go stargazing on a clear night and try to spot shooting stars.
  • Venture to a local lookout point and enjoy a picnic at sunset.
  • Spend the evening painting together with an at-home painting kit.
  • Use conversation cards to facilitate a heart-to-heart chat.
Twist at Home Valentine's Day

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.

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