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The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to find the perfect gift for the aesthetically obsessed person on your list! From lush slippers to spa kits, we’ve gathered some of this season’s must-have presents. Give the gift of luxury with this aesthetic guide.

1. Decadent Candles

Treat your friend to soothing aromas and a relaxing atmosphere this season. Luxury scented candles not only smell nice, but they can be a perfect addition to your giftee’s home decor. And if you want to find a quality candle quickly, try out stores like Anthropologie and Etsy. Their limited selection of high-end candles will be simple to sort through. Plus, you can pick up other gifts and goodies along the way!

2. Lush Slippers

Who said slippers couldn’t be fashion-forward? The hot item on everyone’s lists this season is a new rendition of an age-old gift — open-toed fuzzy slippers with outdoor-ready tread. Say goodbye to house slippers; these are ready to take the dogs out and grab the mail!

3. A Trendy Gold Necklace

Chunky, paper clip, layered — you can’t go wrong with this well-loved gift option. A trendy gold necklace will pair perfectly with all of your friend’s holiday outfits and will instantly update their look! After all, chic gold necklaces have always been the little black dress of jewelry.

4. A Custom Painting

Perhaps your giftee’s home is curated to perfection, but they’re always on the prowl for the next brilliant piece of art décor. Help take your aesthetic loved one’s living space to the next level by gifting an experience at Painting with a Twist! Whether they’re obsessed with paint pour art or are enamored with their insta-worthy pet, there’s something for everyone at your local studio.

5. Lux Travel Set

Traveling is inevitable this time of year, so help make it enjoyable for your aesthetic loved one. Whether you decide to purchase a store-bought travel set or plan to craft one of your own, make sure it includes a color-coordinated blanket, eye mask, and mini pillow. With this gift, long treks by car or plane will be a lot more relaxing (and way more lux for your beloved giftee)!

6. Classic Notebook

A classic notebook makes a great gift for any artistically inclined friend. Make sure to purchase a notebook size that’s easy to throw in a bag. That way, all your favorite creative’s brilliant thoughts or sketches have a place to land whenever the mood strikes.

Pair the notebook of your choice with a quality matching pen and magnetic bookmark set for the ultimate DIY Christmas kit. And even when this gift isn’t being used, it’ll be a pretty addition to their coffee table or desk!

7. Curated Coffee Mug

There’s something truly special about having a coffee cup that’s got your name on it (literally and figuratively). And fortunately, there’s a mug tailored to almost every personality, style, and profession.

Consider your giftee’s hobbies and passions before making your final curated mug purchase. Do they like dogs or cats? There’s a mug for that. Are they a teacher or an accountant? There are mugs for them too! Play with your options, and make this the best gift yet.

8. Dreamy Pajama Set

Chilly winter nights call for a good pair of pajamas. Opt for satin if the gift recipient runs warm at night and flannel if they tend to get cold. Go with a classic color and pair it with some festive socks to create a lux care package. Your giftee will be dreaming of sugar plums in no time!

9. DIY Spa Kit

Almost everyone enjoys a relaxing day at the spa. So what better way to encourage this indulgence than by giving your pal an aesthetic gift DIY style. A homemade spa kit is sure to please, and your giftee will enjoy luxuriating their way through the stress of the holidays.

Not sure what to add to your DIY spa kit? Check out these ideas:

  • Bath bomb(s)
  • A travel-sized candle
  • Sheet face mask(s)
  • Body cream
  • Lip balm
  • A mason jar with scented Epsom salt
  • Mini nail polish set

10. Wine Sulfite Filter

Every wine enthusiast has had their share of boozy hangovers. Help remedy this by gifting them with a trendy sulfite filter that they’re sure to use year-round. You’ll ensure they feel a little better after holiday-inspired drinking and add a little spice to their kitchen decor.

Get Aesthetic at Painting with a Twist

Looking for more aesthetic DIY gift ideas? Why not let your loved one create their own aesthetic décor? Painting with a Twist offers Open Studio events that allow you and anyone else who joins to create their own unique piece of art. Book an Open Studio event at your local Painting with a Twist today!

Are you in charge of hosting this year’s Friendsgiving celebration? If so, planning meals, decorating the event space, and pulling together all of the small details can feel a little overwhelming. But the best part about spending this holiday with your closest pals is that you can spice things up and celebrate your own way.

Operation Friendsgiving is underway! Here’s how to host Thanksgiving with friends.

Send Festive Invites

As with most social events, you’ll want to give your friends a heads-up on the event date. The holidays are a busy time of year for everyone, so as you prepare for autumn, send out festive Friendsgiving invites to make sure everyone knows to keep their calendars open.

Luckily, being the perfect host or hostess no longer requires a trip to the post office—unless you absolutely love mailing paper invitations. You can send out digital invites from your desk and then focus on the most important part of any Friendsgiving—food.

Designate Dishes

The feast is what differentiates Thanksgiving from other holidays. You can’t have Thanksgiving with friends without turkey, a delicious serving of sides, and pie. When planning your event, it’s crucial to coordinate who will bring what to ensure the stuffing doesn’t go missing.

Create a shareable document or spreadsheet with categories like appetizers, side dishes, and desserts where all of your attendees can sign up for a dish. This allows your friends to pick food items they feel comfortable cooking, while also ensuring you don’t get any duplicate dishes.

Decorate for Dinner (or Brunch)

Holiday parties usually imply holiday decor. But one of the advantages of Thanksgiving with friends instead of family members is that you can create your own traditions. With no precedents set, that means the decor can be as simple or as elaborate as you like.

If you decide on a Friendsgiving brunch, your Friendsgiving table setting could consist of a simple harvest-colored tablecloth strewn with mini pumpkins. Or you could plan a formal dinner party with an elaborately decorated dining room table, glowing candles, and an assortment of gourds, pumpkins, and fall decor. How the event plays out is completely up to you!

Don’t Stop at Dining

As part of any celebration, you might want to implement a few activities to keep the conversation — and the party — going. Is your crew filled with problem solvers? Set up a board game or piece together a Thanksgiving-themed puzzle before or after dinner.

Are you a more active bunch? Organizing a scavenger hunt or a game of touch football before you chow down might be just the activity you’re looking for. And if a love of Thanksgiving crafts unites your friend group, an at-home painting kit with fall-themed paintings would be the perfect activity to round out your Friendsgiving feast.

Celebrate Friendsgiving at Painting with a Twist!

Trying to host the perfect Friendsgiving can be a little stressful, especially when you want it to be like a “Friends” Thanksgiving episode. So why not leave the planning to Painting with a Twist!

Book a private event at your local studio for a memorable holiday party. We’ll provide the painting supplies, festive atmosphere, and fun. All you have to do is grab your drinks and holiday snacks of choice, rally up your best pals, and show up ready to have a Friendsgiving event like no other!

friendsgiving art

Are you looking for unique and creative ways to express gratitude this year? The holiday season is the perfect time to share your appreciation for those who’ve made a positive impact in your life. From composing handwritten letters to cooking someone’s favorite meal, doing good deeds for others can spread more merriment and holiday cheer than you might imagine.

1. Share Specific, One-of-a-Kind Details

Whether you want to express your thanks for a friend’s help or a family member’s kindness, telling them in person or over the phone is a small gesture that can make a huge impact — especially if you go out of your way to share specifics.

All too often, people feel unsure if they’ve really made a difference. But if you make a point to divulge these one-of-a-kind details in person (like what you learned from them or how they brightened your day), you’re sure to leave a lasting, heartfelt impression on the recipient.

2. Compose a Handwritten Letter

If sharing vulnerable sentiments in person makes you nervous, there are also ways to express gratitude in writing. In fact, many people find that they can more accurately articulate their feelings and thoughts when they put pen to paper. You’ll have a chance to say exactly what’s on your mind and heart without interruption.

Take the extra step to source nice stationary. Then, compose a handwritten note that says all the things you’ve been meaning to say but have kept to yourself for too long.

3. Ship a Surprise Care Package

When was the last time you received a surprise care package in the mail from somebody you love? If you’ve been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of such a delivery, you know just how heartwarming that experience can be.

Share gratitude with your best friend or a long-distance relative by boxing up some homemade sweets, at-home spa goodies, or games and puzzles they can enjoy on a lazy afternoon. Not only will they savor the contents of the package, but they’ll also enjoy the thrill of receiving an unexpected surprise.

4. Gift Them an Original Piece of Artwork

One of the most personal ways to express gratitude to someone is by gifting them with an original work of art you’ve given your own time and energy to. On top of being an opportunity to explore your artistic talents, this is a chance to create custom artwork that the recipient can hang in their home.

To provide them with this gift, join a painting event at your local Painting with a Twist studio. There, you can have a great time making wonderful new memories and a standout token of appreciation.

5. Find a Book That Says It for You

Are there any books that have changed your life in some capacity, from teaching you a new skill to opening up your perspective on the world? Or perhaps you’ve read something that served as a source of encouragement and inspiration at a time you really needed it?

A fantastic way to express gratitude in words (that doesn’t require you to write your own) is to give someone a book that sparks curiosity or piques their interest. Books can be a terrific extension of your gratitude and something that can be revisited over and over again.

6. Cook Their Favorite Meal

Few things are more nourishing than a home-cooked meal, but even more so when the cooking is done by someone we love.

Whether you’re preparing a dish for a mentor or a friend who feels like family, try to find out their favorite foods (or ingredients to avoid). Then, whip up something delicious for them to enjoy. Consider sticking around after you drop off the meal to offer extra words of ‘thanks’ while you’re face-to-face.

7. Show Up with Acts of Service

Small acts of service can go a long way in helping someone feel loved, seen, and appreciated. And while this suggestion can be interpreted a thousand different ways, some great examples include: buying coffee for a coworker who’s been putting in extra hours, offering to babysit for your neighbor who needs an afternoon off, or mowing the lawn for your extended family while they’re away on vacation.

However you choose to show up, acts of service are always an indication of gratitude and can make a world of difference to the giftee.

8. Treat Them to a Night Out

When you don’t have time for a handmade gift but still want to share gratitude for someone special, treating them to a night out is an excellent option.

Would the recipient love to attend that local concert they’ve been raving about? Or maybe they’d prefer a calming evening at a yoga studio? Whatever you choose, know that the gift of experience is a lovely way to express appreciation for all they’ve done. And the best part is, you get to join them for this memorable outing, too!

Express Your Gratitude at Painting with a Twist

Have you found the best way to express gratitude to that special person? Of course you have! Book an event at Painting with a Twist as a meaningful token of appreciation. You can even opt for personalized events like Paint Your Pet or Trivia Night to ensure your gift is something of importance to the giftee! Sign up today, and say ‘thanks’ with a fun and creative approach.

thankful art
Creative Techniques

How to Become a Better Painter

Maybe you’re an amateur art buff who has always admired great artists throughout history. Perhaps you’re just trying to keep up with that five-year-old whose paintings look fit for the Louvre – at least in comparison to yours.

Whatever your reason, when it comes to painting, practice is everything! Start building your skills with these tips on how to become a better painter.

Invest in the necessary supplies.

If you’re committed to becoming a better painter, you’ve got to do a whole lot of painting. And like any new hobby, there are a few start-up costs. Although you don’t need to buy the most expensive paint, the nicest brushes, or the fanciest easel, you do want to make sure your new supplies are of quality.

Take your time when shopping around for materials, and make sure they’re suitable for creating quality artwork. Although good painting tools won’t magically turn you into a better painter, they certainly can make the process more enjoyable and help you to fully accomplish your vision.

Paint every day.

Experts — in any field — don’t become experts because they’re lucky. They become experts because they spend countless hours learning, practicing, and experimenting. So if you’re wondering how to become a better painter, the answer is to paint.

There are no shortcuts to mastery, and there’s no substitute for feeling a paintbrush in your hands or seeing how paint glides onto canvas. So start by setting up a mini art studio in a corner of your home. Then, commit to practicing each day. Whether you’re painting elaborate landscapes on a nice canvas or just trying out new brush skills and techniques on scrap paper — the more you paint, the better.

Do your homework and get inspired by the experts.

There’s no substitute for the hands-on experience of actually painting, but that doesn’t mean background research won’t help you too. Learn the color wheel, read artist biographies, watch painting videos, visit art museums, or just fall down a painting rabbit hole on the internet.

Learn the styles of different artists, and figure out which painting styles you like and dislike. If you’d like to take things to the next level, try joining painting classes near you. The goal is to immerse yourself in the world of art to positively influence your craft.

Don’t be afraid to try new things.

Experiment, experiment, and experiment some more. Some paintings will look terrible, and others will turn out better than expected. You cannot be afraid of “failure” because it’s this process of experimentation that will make you a better, more confident painter.

Try mixing colors, applying varying amounts of pressure, holding your brush differently, and playing with space and color. Put on music and paint to the rhythm. Try mimicking your favorite painter, and then try doing the opposite. Challenge yourself to paint ordinary objects in extraordinary ways. These are all great tips for stepping out of your comfort zone and becoming more creative.

Get social!

Don’t spend so much time worrying about how to get better at painting that you forget to have fun along the way. You may not think of painting as a social activity, but developing your skills amongst friends and like-minded individuals can boost creativity and bring more enjoyment to your craft.

A Painting with a Twist event is the perfect opportunity to try out your new skills while socializing, sipping an adult beverage, and enjoying a night out with friends. One of our talented artists will guide you through the process step by step, but you’re encouraged to add your own creative flair and test out new painting techniques along the way.

Put your skills to use at Painting with a Twist.

Now that you’ve got the basics, it’s time to put those painting skills to the test! From girls’ nights to Zen Painting events, your local Painting with a Twist studio is sure to have an event that will help take your skills to the next level.

Skyline art

We are so excited to announce our 4th annual Painting with a Purpose efforts to support Operation Kindness at participating Texas studios. Operation Kindness is a pioneer in North Texas for providing assistance to animals in need of medical care, companionship, and most of all, a home.

Two women painting their pets

Event Dates

Join us January 23-29, 2022 for any Paint Your Pet events at participating studios to help us give back to this wonderful organization. A portion of all proceeds will be given to Operation Kindness.

Paint Your Pet

We know you LOVE your furry (or even scaly) best friend! What better way to celebrate them than with a custom piece of art made by you? Join us for one of our Paint Your Pet events where our artist entertainers will guide you step-by-step to create a custom portrait of your pet.

Image of a dog compared to painting of a dog

Participating Studios

Select the nearest participating studio from the list below, and book a Paint Your Pet event from January 23 to January 29. Don’t wait, seats go fast!

Bedford

1424-M Airport Fwy,
Bedford, TX 76002

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Dallas

5202 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209

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Denton

208 W Oak St
Denton, TX 76201

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Fort Worth West

2605 S Cherry Ln
Fort Worth, TX 76116

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Frisco

4112 Legacy Dr, Ste 306
Frisco, TX 75034

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Garland

330 N 6th St, #F
Garland, TX 75040

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Grapevine

203 E. Worth St, Ste 100
Grapevine, TX 76051

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Keller

101 Town Center Ln, #107
Keller, TX 76248

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Lewisville

420 E Round Grove Road, #110
Lewisville, TX 75067

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Mansfield

2851 Matlock Rd, #442
Mansfield, TX 76063

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McKinney

3201 Hardin Blvd, Ste 204
McKinney, TX 75070

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Mesquite

3220 Gus Thomasson Rd, Ste 219
Mesquite, TX 75150

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Richardson

819 W Arapaho Rd
Richardson, TX 75080

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Rockwall

513 E Interstate 30
Rockwall, TX 75087

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Saginaw

1029 N Saginaw Blvd #E8
Saginaw, TX 76179

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Whether you’re a modern-day Picasso or it’s your very first time touching a brush, painter’s block can happen to anyone! And getting started can be exceptionally difficult when your mind is as blank as the canvas you’re staring at. There are painting tips and tricks all over the web, but few address the first — and most daunting — step: how to start painting on a blank canvas.

While a blank canvas can be both literal and figurative, overcoming the fear of trying something new is possible! Use these six tips to conquer your painter’s block (and anything else you don’t think you’re good at)!

1. Ditch Any Standards and Expectations

You will produce some great work throughout your painting journey, but you will also paint some duds. If you look at every canvas and feel an overwhelming pressure to create something amazing and unique, you’ll quickly lose inspiration (and potentially enjoyment).

Don’t worry about the outcome. Instead, just paint to enjoy yourself, try new techniques, and create something new. In the wise words of iconic painter Bob Ross, “We don’t make mistakes – we have happy accidents.”

2. Take a Breather

Sometimes it’s helpful to take a break when you’re feeling overwhelmed by a blank canvas — or the first step of any new hobby. Instead of sitting in place and feeling angst over the task at hand, do something you enjoy or find inspiration in a new location.

Our most creative thinking occurs when we are truly relaxed, content, and away from the judgment of others and ourselves. So, when you’re experiencing painter’s block or just feel stuck in general, step away for a minute and enjoy better clarity when you return.

3. Challenge Yourself

Sometimes the best way to beat your fear of painting is to get out of your own head with a creative challenge or game.

Instead of aiming to paint something perfect, set a timer and see what you can paint in only 15 minutes. Swap out your paintbrushes for household objects. Drop the brush and try your hand at finger painting. And if you’re a novice, try finding a list of easy canvas painting ideas for beginners and check them off one by one.

When you narrow the focus a bit, you won’t feel as overwhelmed by endless possibilities. The same is true for any new hobby you might try – quick little challenges are the perfect introduction to a big task.

4. Focus on the Process

Stop thinking about what you hope to have at the end, and instead consider what’s happening in the here and now. Enjoy the process and take everything one step at a time. After all, marathon runners don’t spend mile-1 worrying about mile-26 (and if they did, they might not leave the start line).

Mapping out your painting process isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but there is beauty (and excitement) in just letting things flow and evolve. Why have you always loved to paint? What got you started painting? Focus on these things rather than the final product. This mindfulness practice can be applied to any hobby or skill.

5. Paint Somewhere New

Sometimes, the answer for how to get over a mental block is as simple as stepping out of your comfort zone and moving your easel to another location.

Pack up your paints or tools and head to a park. Set up on your driveway during a dreamy sunset. Leave your cramped painting nook and set up next to your record player in a room with natural light. By introducing some sort of novelty into your process, you can stimulate those creative juices.

6. Attend a Paint Pour Event

Paint Pour events at Painting with a Twist are the perfect remedy for overcoming mental blocks! You’ll pour special, runny acrylic paint onto a canvas and watch as it mixes, flows, and interacts to create a one-of-a-kind art piece.

Most blank canvas fears stem from wanting to create something “perfect,” which can paralyze us and suck the enjoyment right out of the craft. And since there is no right way to paint pour, there’s no pressure. After all, it’s fun art, not fine art.

In short, the best way to beat painter’s block is by letting loose on a canvas, and our instructors will help you to do just that.

Conquer Your Blank Canvas Fears at Painting with a Twist

It’s completely normal to hit a wall on occasion. Break through those artistic barriers by joining a Paint Pour event! At Painting with a Twist, we take care of everything you need, so all you have to focus on is creating your next fun piece of art – without the stress! Join a painting event at a studio near you and get ready to rediscover your inspiration.

woman painting at easel

Does your corporate workplace need a morale boost? If so, it’s important to create frequent opportunities for bonding at work. After all, you and your coworkers see a lot of each other!

Luckily, it doesn’t take much problem solving to find a team building exercise that each team member will love. The upcoming months are packed with festive holidays and social opportunities, making it the perfect time to implement team-bonding activities that your corporate cohorts will enjoy!

Engage in Seasonal Arts and Crafts

Who doesn’t enjoy team building art activities? Getting creative is a great way to learn more about your work buddies and facilitate team bonding over common interests or shared skills. Many projects can fit into the category of “Arts and Crafts;” however, the holiday season offers the most inspiration out of any time of the year.

Team building event ideas can include wreath making, pumpkin carving, art classes, ornament adorning, or even gift wrapping! An art-based team building activity is sure to be a blast, no matter what you and your colleagues choose to create. You may even leave the meet-up with new home decorations, a piece of art, or an extra special gift for a loved one!

Try a Cooking Class

Spiff up your team’s cooking skills this holiday season! After all, the universal theme for many wintery occasions is celebration, typically emphasized by special meals. Whichever holidays you celebrate, all of your coworkers can surely relate to great meals surrounded by even greater people!

Sign your work crew up for a local seasonal cooking class. Your coworkers will have the opportunity to learn new skills, deepen friendships, and take home treats!

Try setting up an at-home or in-office operation if you’re unable to find a cooking class that can accommodate a large group! To keep it sweet and simple, consider whipping up baked treats like holiday cookies or cakes.

Join a Painting with a Twist Team Building Event

Painting with a Twist team building events are the perfect option for an arts and crafts team building activity. No experience with an easel and brush is necessary, so participants can be far from professional artists when it comes to this team painting activity. All that’s encouraged is a willingness to have fun and learn something new!

Painting with a Twist even offers on-site team building activities! An on-site team building activity is convenient for your coworkers, provides an alternative to an after-work happy hour, and makes work bonding as seamless as possible. When the event wraps up, proudly display each work of team building art in the break room or in common areas of your workspace.

And if you’re looking for creative team building ideas for remote teams, Painting with a Twist’s virtual events are an excellent option too. Our talented instructors offer plenty of assistance — in-person and virtually — to help your art class team building event run smoothly.

Get Outside and Into the Holiday Spirit

If you’ve only engaged with your officemates indoors, it’s time to venture into the great outdoors! Pick a team building activity where you and your coworkers can grab some fresh air, get active, and see new sights. The holiday season and its accompanying weather inspires so many outdoor activities. Haunting hayrides, ice skating, caroling, and apple picking are just a few options at your disposal.

Depending on your climate, cold weather may also be a factor to consider. To keep your coworkers merry and bright, make sure there’s always easy access to hot cocoa, tea, or coffee around the corner!

Painting with a Twist All Year Round

The holidays aren’t the only time you can have fun at Painting with a Twist! Whether or not you make it out this season, your nearby Painting with a Twist location offers exciting events where you can create original paintings all year round. Great for virtual team building or holiday parties, date nights, and evenings out with friends. No matter the occasion, you’re bound to find a Painting with a Twist painting event that piques your interest!

corporate team building event

Does your corporate workplace need a morale boost? If so, it’s important to create frequent opportunities for bonding at work. After all, you and your coworkers see a lot of each other!

Luckily, it doesn’t take much problem solving to find a team building exercise that each team member will love. The upcoming months are packed with festive holidays and social opportunities, making it the perfect time to implement team-bonding activities that your corporate cohorts will enjoy!

Engage in Seasonal Arts and Crafts

Who doesn’t enjoy team building art activities? Getting creative is a great way to learn more about your work buddies and facilitate team bonding over common interests or shared skills. Many projects can fit into the category of “Arts and Crafts;” however, the holiday season offers the most inspiration out of any time of the year.

Team building event ideas can include wreath making, pumpkin carving, art classes, ornament adorning, or even gift wrapping! An art-based team building activity is sure to be a blast, no matter what you and your colleagues choose to create. You may even leave the meet-up with new home decorations, a piece of art, or an extra special gift for a loved one!

Try a Cooking Class

Spiff up your team’s cooking skills this holiday season! After all, the universal theme for many wintery occasions is celebration, typically emphasized by special meals. Whichever holidays you celebrate, all of your coworkers can surely relate to great meals surrounded by even greater people!

Sign your work crew up for a local seasonal cooking class. Your coworkers will have the opportunity to learn new skills, deepen friendships, and take home treats!

Try setting up an at-home or in-office operation if you’re unable to find a cooking class that can accommodate a large group! To keep it sweet and simple, consider whipping up baked treats like holiday cookies or cakes.

Join a Painting with a Twist Team Building Event

Painting with a Twist team building events are the perfect option for an arts and crafts team building activity. No experience with an easel and brush is necessary, so participants can be far from professional artists when it comes to this team painting activity. All that’s encouraged is a willingness to have fun and learn something new!

Painting with a Twist even offers on-site team building activities! An on-site team building activity is convenient for your coworkers, provides an alternative to an after-work happy hour, and makes work bonding as seamless as possible. When the event wraps up, proudly display each work of team building art in the break room or in common areas of your workspace.

And if you’re looking for creative team building ideas for remote teams, Painting with a Twist’s virtual events are an excellent option too. Our talented instructors offer plenty of assistance — in-person and virtually — to help your art class team building event run smoothly.

Get Outside and Into the Holiday Spirit

If you’ve only engaged with your officemates indoors, it’s time to venture into the great outdoors! Pick a team building activity where you and your coworkers can grab some fresh air, get active, and see new sights. The holiday season and its accompanying weather inspires so many outdoor activities. Haunting hayrides, ice skating, caroling, and apple picking are just a few options at your disposal.

Depending on your climate, cold weather may also be a factor to consider. To keep your coworkers merry and bright, make sure there’s always easy access to hot cocoa, tea, or coffee around the corner!

Painting with a Twist All Year Round

The holidays aren’t the only time you can have fun at Painting with a Twist! Whether or not you make it out this season, your nearby Painting with a Twist location offers exciting events where you can create original paintings all year round. Great for virtual team building or holiday parties, date nights, and evenings out with friends. No matter the occasion, you’re bound to find a Painting with a Twist painting event that piques your interest!

corporate team building event

Halloween is quickly approaching, and you have one last thing left on your October bucket list: host the most spooktacular event ever! What better way to do that than by throwing your own glow-in-the-dark party?

Should you turn your home into a totally lit haunted house, host a galactic paint party, or test your friends’ Halloween know-how with a black light trivia night? Whatever haunt you choose, glow-in-the-dark food and drinks are a must! But how do you make food glow in the dark? Prepare for a little kitchen witchcraft with these glow-in-the-dark recipes.

1. Glow in the Dark Ice Cubes

Where there’s glowing food, there must be glowing beverages. Give your drinks a glow-up by serving all your beverages over glow-in-the-dark ice! Simply mix 1 part tonic water to 1 part water and freeze into ice cubes — guests can enjoy glow-in-the-dark fall drinks all night long.

2. Witch’s Brew

Witches Brew

This Witch’s Brew is a spooky spinoff of Marilyn Monroe’s favorite cocktail (great Halloween costume idea, by the way)! It includes champagne for a little bubble bubble toil and trouble and apple brandy for a nod to the season. The grenadine makes this cocktail a bright pinkish-orange when the lights are on and a glowing white under a black light.

Makes 2

  • 8 oz champagne
  • 2 oz apple brandy
  • ½ oz grenadine
  • ¼ oz tonic water
  • Maraschino cherries to garnish

Stir the grenadine and apple brandy together in a highball glass or champagne flute. Top with tonic water and then champagne. Garnish with two maraschino cherries on a skewer.

Pro tip: Mix by the glass or conjure up a cauldron. (No, really—get a punch bowl shaped like a cauldron!) Stage a smoke machine behind it for an extra spooky effect.

3. Eerie Shirley Temple

For a non-alcoholic glow-in-the-dark drink, look to another leading lady: Shirley Temple. The best part? — you still get the bubbles and fall flavors!

Makes 2

  • 10 oz ginger ale
  • 2 oz grenadine
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • ½ oz tonic water
  • Maraschino cherries to garnish

Stir the grenadine and lime juice together in a highball glass. Top with tonic water, then ginger ale. Garnish with two maraschino cherries on a skewer.

4. Candy Corn Jell-O Cups

This treat is a nod to the iconic Halloween candy! Tonic water glows fluorescent-green under a black light to make them a perfect glow-in-the-dark party food.

Servings: approx 8

  • 2 c tonic water, divided
  • 1 c water, divided
  • 1 c vodka, divided (double the water for a non-alcoholic option)
  • 1 package lemon Jell-O
  • 1 package orange Jell-O

Pour 1 cup tonic water into a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, then add the lemon Jell-O mix. Whisk until the mix has dissolved, then pour in ½ cup of water and ½ cup of vodka. Stir to combine. Let cool slightly.

Fill plastic wine glasses about ¼ full with the lemon Jell-O mixture. Place in the refrigerator to chill until set, about 30 to 35 minutes.

Repeat the process to make the orange Jell-O. Pour on top of the yellow mixture, filling each glass to ¾ full. Refrigerate to set the Jello-O, about 2 to 3 hours. Top with whipped cream for complete candy corn colors!

5. Vampire Cupcakes

Even Dracula couldn’t resist this bloody good dessert! Make a batch of red velvet cupcakes from your favorite box mix, or try a recipe from scratch. Whip up the vanilla buttercream frosting recipe below (with added tonic water to give it that eerie glow!). Lastly, dip a toothpick into cherry or strawberry jam and use it to create “bloody bite marks.”

  • 1 c unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 c powdered sugar
  • 2 T tonic water
  • 1 T milk or heavy cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ c cherry or strawberry jam

Whip softened butter in a stand mixer. Add powdered sugar by about a ½ cup, alternating with tonic water and milk. Mix in the vanilla. Use a piping bag to frost your cupcakes.

6. Mummy Cookies

White chocolate glows under black lights on its own, but a little tonic water will take these glow-in-the-dark cookies to the next level.

  • 12 oz + 4 oz white baking chocolate
  • 2 tsp + ½ tsp tonic water
  • 12-oz package Oreos
  • 1 tube of black decorating gel or icing

Prepare a place for your cookies to cool by laying a sheet of parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet. Melt 12 oz of white chocolate over lowest heat in a saucepan. Stir constantly. When chocolate is mostly melted (just a few lumps left), remove from heat and slowly add 2 tsp of tonic water while stirring to combine. Keep stirring until the chocolate is completely smooth.

Using two forks, dip each cookie into the chocolate to coat and place on the parchment paper to cool. Pop the coated cookies into the fridge to speed up the process.

When cookies are cool, it’s time to wrap your mummies! Place the cookies on a wire cooling rack with a sheet of parchment paper or paper towels under it. Melt the remaining 4 oz of white chocolate, adding ½ tsp of tonic water to smooth. Then, drizzle back and forth across each cookie. Add two dots of the black decorating gel for the eyes.

You’ve created your mummies! Feel like Dr. Frankenstein? Let them cool and set before serving.

7. Zombie Treats

Rice Krispies and marshmallows both naturally glow under black light, making Rice Krispie treats the perfect edible glow-in-the-dark food for your Halloween party. Start with the original Rice Krispies recipe and add for a monster mash-up!

Servings: approx 12

  • 3 T unsalted butter
  • 1 10-oz package marshmallows (or 4 c mini marshmallows)
  • 6 c Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal
  • ½ c glow in the dark edible sprinkles or 1 c Ghoul’s Mix M&M’s

Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add Rice Krispies cereal and stir until completely coated. Mix in sprinkles or M&M’s.

Spray a 13×9-in glass baking dish with cooking spray. Use a spatula or parchment paper to evenly press mixture into the pan. Let cool, then serve!

Note: If you really want to glow crazy (couldn’t resist) with glow-in-the-dark food ideas, add a few drops of neon food coloring to the butter-marshmallow mixture before adding the cereal.

8. The Classics: Chips & Dips

Just like classic horror movies, there are classic party dips too: guacamole, salsa, and queso! This favorite trio always comes with tortilla chips, which reflect black light and appear bright blue or purple — spooky!

  • 1/2 lb ground beef or chorizo
  • ½ c black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 8 oz Velveeta Queso Blanco, cubed
  • 1 14.5-oz can Rotel, partially drained
  • 1 8-oz can green chilies

Put cheese, Rotel, and green chilies in a crockpot, then set to the preferred setting. Let cook, stirring occasionally.

In the meantime, cook the meat in a large skillet over medium heat until lightly browned. Drain excess liquids. Turn heat to low and add beans, cooking until warmed throughout.

When the cheese has melted, add in meat and beans. Reduce crockpot to warm setting before serving to your ghoulish guests.

9. Veggie Monster Platter

Mix up a yummy dip to serve with crudités and watch the yogurt glow yellow under the blacklight!

  • 1 c plain yogurt
  • 1 T mayonnaise
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T fresh dill, minced
  • ½ T fresh parsley, minced
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt

Stir all ingredients together in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Serve with a platter of sliced bell peppers (which also give off a glow), coined cucumbers, baby carrots, celery sticks, broccoli florets, and any other vegetables you desire to dip.

Throw Spooktacular Events with Painting with a Twist

Now that you know how to make food glow in the dark, are you ready to throw the spookiest glow-in-the-dark blacklight event ever? Whether you’re decorating at home, looking for a creative activity, or just want to avoid planning the event altogether, Painting with a Twist can make your spooktacular event a breeze

From Blacklight and private events to Twist at Home Paint Kits, there’s something for everyone at our studios this season. Visit your local Painting with a Twist today!

Jack-O-Lantern

Autumn is in full swing. The air is cooler, mugs are warmer, and cuddles are at an all-time high! If you’re looking for a little inspiration for getting in the fall spirit, Painting with a Twist hosts tons of events that feature autumn landscape paintings and other fall-themed wall art.

Ready to become autumn inspired? Check out this selection of festive paintings, each one bringing its own version of fall-themed flair!

Fall Moonlight

Fall Moonlight

This whimsical “Fall Moonlight” painting serves as a great introduction to putting landscapes on canvas! You’ll learn how to embrace the shadowy values of light and paint brilliant fall leaves. By the time you lay down your last brushstrokes, you’ll feel like you’ve drifted into this dreamy autumn scenery!

Fall Trees Reflected

Fall Trees Reflected

If you’re ready for the ultimate fall paint and sip, this fall foliage canvas art is sure to get you there! Learn how to better distinguish between hues and shades with this painting’s vast color collection of festive yellows, bright oranges, vivid reds, subtle greens, and earthy browns.

And if this painting looks a little intimidating, don’t worry! Our talented instructors will walk you through the process step-by-step, and you’ll return home with the perfect piece of fall wall art.

A Pumpkin Pick-Up

A Pumpkin Pick-Up

This adorable autumn scenery painting features a red pick-up truck overflowing with beautifully detailed pumpkins and a cheery greeting that’s suitable for the season. Place it in your entrance way or on your fully-decorated mantel for the ultimate fall wall decor.

Fall Glimmer

Fall Glimmer

“Fall Glimmer” is an iridescent painting that gently portrays feelings of peace, tranquility, and hope. With shimmery autumn leaves that encompass the evening moon and a serene path leading towards the night sky, this canvas wall art is sure to get you in the autumn spirit.

Pumpkins and Cotton on Blue

Pumpkins and Cotton on Blue

“Pumpkins and Cotton on Blue” is a slight departure from the typical autumn leaf paint color palette. Instead, this piece displays cool and calming blue tones with a pop of red-orange — perfect for light, minimalist home decor. If you’re in favor of painting the night away, this option is great for catch-up time with close friends or a couple’s night out!

Welcome the Fall Season at Painting with a Twist!

Is this seasonal shift inspiring you to switch up your interior decor? Embrace your inner fall decorista by learning how to paint a fall scene at an autumn-themed painting event near you. With our Twist at Home Paint Kits, private party options, and group painting events, creating your own fall foliage work of fun art is just a click away.

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