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It’s safe to say stress affects nearly everyone at some point in their lives. From traffic-filled commutes to impending deadlines to relational dynamics, we encounter stress in many different forms and from many different sources. While keeping stress under control can be challenging, it’s by no means impossible. Take a second, and check out these six ways to destress when you’re feeling overwhelmed or exhausted by it all.

1. Meditate

When thinking about how to destress your life, meditation may be one of the first things you consider. That’s because mindfulness and meditation have been utilized for centuries to release negative thoughts and grow more aware of the present. By taking a moment to quiet your mind and practice intentional breathing, you might be surprised by just how naturally your stress will melt away. Not sure where to begin? Download a meditation app to help you get started!

2. Engage your senses

A great way to break from whatever feels stressful is to engage yourself in a sensory experience. This could include taking a long shower (touch), eating comfort food (taste), lighting a scented candle (smell), listening to soft music (hearing), or watching a funny show or movie (sight). These activities are effective at helping you forget about what’s going on in the peripheral and enjoying what’s happening right in front of you.

3. Get outside

Fresh air and a change of scenery are wonderful remedies for times when you’re feeling a bit too overwhelmed. Take a stroll around the neighborhood, hop on your bike for a quick ride, or find a nice spot to soak up the sunshine. However you choose to spend your time, being outdoors can help calm your mind and refresh your spirit whenever life feels heavy.

4. Move your body

Exercise is one of the best ways to destress, as it releases endorphins and lifts your mood. So, why not put on some upbeat music and take a twenty-minute dance break? Or what about some gentle stretching to relieve tension, or a few jumping jacks to elevate your heart rate? How you move your body is totally up to you, but you’re sure to shake off a bit of that unwanted stress in the process.

5. Explore your creativity

One of the most fun destressing tips on our list is exploring your creative side. Diving into a creative pursuit like baking, calligraphy, or even gardening can alleviate stress by giving you something more enjoyable to focus on.

Likewise, painting is a great way to loosen up and tap into your artistic potential! Painting with a Twist is now offering Zen Collection painting events. This collection incorporates soothing music, meditation exercises, and calming paintings for the ultimate stress-free experience. Whether you take up photography, design a space in your home, or seek other creative outlets to unwind, finding your own version of zen is essential to your mental health and wellbeing.

zen collection of paintings

6. Express your feelings

Have you ever kept a journal to record your thoughts? Putting our emotions on paper can be incredibly therapeutic, as it’s one of the things to do to destress that can help us process everything we’re experiencing. Releasing our thoughts is truly liberating because it not only frees up our headspace, but it gives us permission to no longer carry around those feelings.

While there are many more things you can do to help you destress, this list can be a good place for you to get started. From exploring the great outdoors to learning a new recipe to keeping a journal, there are countless ways to say goodbye to our stress. And if you’re in the mood to activate your imagination, you can always try painting at home! When you join a Twist at Home painting event, all the materials and instructions you’ll need will be provided, so you can concentrate on creating your very own work of art from the comfort of your own relaxing home environment.

Canvas and wood and screens—oh my! Have you heard? You can choose the material you paint on at Painting with a Twist! Learn more about the variety of things you can paint on at one of our studios and plan your next paint party today.

Classic Canvas Painting

Canvas is a beautiful, traditional medium to use for painting. It gives you a classic and timeless look for your piece of handmade art. Never painted anything before? Canvas painting is an excellent beginner-friendly option for your first paint party! It doesn’t require extra steps or special skills, and the smooth white background gives your art a polished look. No matter what your skill level is, you’ll love the environment at Painting with a Twist! Grab your friends and a bottle of wine, and let our skilled instructors guide you through step-by-step instructions. What’s better than creating a painting AND cherished memories all at once?

Custom Wood Board Painting

Rustic vibes call for natural materials, and nothing beats the character of slatted wood. A custom wood board painting will fit in perfectly with a farmhouse or industrial décor style and offers you an exciting alternative to painting on canvas (that’s where the “twist” part comes in here at Painting with a Twist!). Many of our paint party events give you the option to choose whether you paint on canvas or wood board—just look for the variety of surface options at checkout on your local paint studio’s event calendar. Wood board painting is as fun as it is easy!

Wood Pallet Painting

Much like a wood board painting, a wood pallet painting is loaded with rustic character. Painting with a Twist wood pallets are designed to look like shiplap, with staggered edges and smooth slat boards. The unique form of our wood pallets can add more dimension and depth to your home’s décor. Your finished wood pallet painting will have a different shape from canvas or pine plank board, making it a versatile piece that you can hang on a wall or stand up on a table as part of a styled vignette. Nothing makes your home feel like your own space more than something you’ve created with your two hands.

Screen Art Painting for Added Texture

You know that saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention”? That’s how our screen art painting style was born! Artist Rebeca Flott — who grew up in South America without money to spend on art supplies — has perfected her technique of painting on wire screens throughout her lifetime. As an adult, she’s sharing her unique and gorgeous painting techniques at Painting with a Twist.

When you attend one of our screen art events, you’ll use a combination of artist’s texture and vivid paint colors to make an image come alive. Of all the things you can paint on at Painting with a Twist, screen art paintings definitely have the most texture! With the rustic look of a reclaimed window, your screen art painting will be something you’re proud to have in your home for years to come.

screen art

Find Unique Painting and Screen Art Events Near You

Paint outside the lines—and outside the box—on the material of your choice! Whether you’re into classic canvas or new and unique screen painting, your local Painting with a Twist studio allows you to express yourself. Find a painting studio near you and get ready to channel your one-of-a-kind style!

Summer is synonymous with a lot of things — sunshine and sunburns, pool days and picnics, lemonade stands and ice cream trucks. It’s also the season when schools let out, which can mean searching for things to do during summer vacation at home. But don’t get stuck in the same summer rut. Break out of your everyday routine without having to pack your bags or drain your bank account by planning a cheap summer staycation right at home!

What is a staycation?

A staycation is the union of a vacation and staying home, where an individual, couple, or entire family hangs out in their home city and finds activities or entertainment within close driving distance. In other words, you don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to find new things to do or see new places!

Staycation

How to plan a staycation

Now that you know the what, it’s time to dive into the how. And how exactly do you plan the perfect staycation? It’ll take a bit of prep work to have the best staycation possible, but the following seven steps are sure to help you minimize your budget and maximize your fun.

1. Do your research

A good place to start in your planning is by doing a little research on what businesses are currently open where you live. Seasonality and other factors can affect when things are open. So before you load up the car, call around to make sure your destination is accepting visitors. If you can’t decide on a specific destination, do a quick internet search for “things to do near me” and let your local listing help you find your next staycation destination.

2. Decide what you want to get out of it

Once you know what’s available to you, determine what you’d like to gain from your time off. Perhaps you’re looking for a little relaxation time or you want a full itinerary of new activities. Why not combine both with an activity that’s both relaxing and engaging, such as checking out a museum or art installation you’ve been curious about but haven’t had enough time to visit.

3. Create a budget

While a staycation is likely less expensive than a traditional vacation, it’s still smart to outline how much you’re looking to spend. The good news is, summertime offers an abundance of free, family-friendly activities, like farmers’ markets, outdoor concerts, movie nights in the park, story hour at the library, and much more.

4. Utilize online resources

Another way to be mindful of your budget is to utilize online resources like Groupon or LivingSocial. These sites allow you to enjoy your city for less, with great discounts on restaurants, events, and experiences. Remember that you’re saving money by not purchasing airfare or hotel accommodations, so don’t be afraid to treat yourself a bit!

5. Turn off your devices

Your staycation is an opportunity to unwind, rest, and reset — but none of that will be possible if you don’t first unplug from your devices. This means silencing your cell phone, attaching an ‘out of office’ reply to your email, and avoiding the traps of social media. Use this staycation as a time to be fully present, savoring every moment with your partner, your children, or yourself.

6. Be a tourist in your own city

Why not use your staycation as an excuse to play tourist in your own city? Spend the day or the whole weekend checking out the hotspots in your area, from famous landmarks and historical sites to quaint side streets and locally-owned businesses. Explore all the places tourists frequent when they visit your area, and be sure to take plenty of photos to remember the day.

7. Try something new

Perhaps the most important part of your staycation is leaving space for new experiences. This could be something as simple as trying a new restaurant or tackling an unfamiliar hiking trail. You could also do a little digging into community education classes, which are an affordable way to learn cooking skills, practice a foreign language, or collect home improvement tips.

Or, have the whole family participate in a family paint night at Painting with a Twist! Whether you’re an experienced painter or just looking for a fun summer activity, the team at Painting with a Twist has you covered.

So, the next time you find yourself wondering how to enjoy your summer vacation at home, why not plan the ultimate staycation! A staycation definitely doesn’t mean you have to sit on your couch since there’s probably plenty of exciting, low-cost things to do in your own city. So do your research, set your budget, and reserve your seat for something new!

Are you throwing a Fourth of July party this year? Better yet… are you wondering how to throw a Fourth of July party that tops all others? Transform your event from a boring backyard barbecue to the ultimate American celebration! From the food to the decorations, these festive Fourth of July party ideas can help you make your Independence Day party the most patriotic – and memorable – one yet.

Food

1. Set up an over-the-top hot dog & burger bar

Hot dogs and burgers fresh off the grill are the quintessential Fourth of July party food, but this extravaganza deserves more than just ketchup and mustard! Set up a decked out toppings station, with things like caramelized onions, grilled pineapple relish, Sriracha mayonnaise, crispy bacon crumbles, guacamole… even mac n’ cheese!

2. Serve Bomb Pop cocktails and mocktails

You don’t need a degree in mixology to make these easy drinks. Buy a few boxes of Bomb Pops or any other red, white, and blue popsicles, as well as a variety of your favorite sparkling beverages. For the boozy version, champagne or prosecco works well. For a nonalcoholic version, just use sparkling water or a clear soda. Place the popsicles in glasses, fill with your beverage of choice, and you’re done! Serve alongside these other yummy (and low-cal!) cocktails.

3. Keep things light with red, white, and blue fruit skewers

In between the loaded hot dogs, potato chips, and your other decadent holiday fare, it’s nice to squeeze in a healthy option. Grab a pack of wooden skewers (bonus points if they’re red, white, or blue!) and load them up with strawberry slices, blueberries, and banana chunks. This sweet snack is easy and patriotic!

4. Send your friends home with S’mores party favors

If you’re one of those hosts who hates sending guests home empty-handed, mini S’mores kits are an easy DIY and a guaranteed crowd pleaser! Just put mini chocolate bars, graham crackers, and a fluffy marshmallow in a clear goody bag, and tie it closed with red and blue ribbon.

Party Games

5. Craft a balloon American flag dart game

This party game takes a bit of time to set up, but the end result is worth it! If you have a white pegboard, that works great for this craft. Otherwise, a large foam board works just fine. Put different prizes (think candy or dollar bills!) into red, blue, and white balloons – you can estimate how many inflated balloons you need based on the size of your board. Then, attach the inflated, goodie-filled balloons to the board and have your guests play a patriotic game of darts.

6. Delight your young (and young at heart) guests with a squirt gun station

You can usually count on sky-high temperatures for outdoor summer parties, and a squirt gun fight is the perfect way for kiddos to cool down. Grab several cheap water guns from local discount stores and toss them in a tub of ice. Just a head’s up: the more Bomb Pop cocktails consumed, the more rambunctious the squirt gun fight gets.

7. Challenge partygoers to a giant game of festive Tic-tac-toe

Create an oversized Tic-tac-toe board on your lawn using either strands of rope or white spray paint. Create several large Xs and Os out of thick cardboard, or pick up some wooden letters at your local craft store. Then, sit back and watch everyone’s competitive side come out!

Decorations

8. Paint your lawn with red, white, and blue stars

Give your yard a star-spangled makeover by covering it with red, white, and blue stars! Create a large star stencil using a piece of cardboard, and then paint scattered stars across your lawn with spray paint. Let your yard art dry, and voila!

9. Repurpose your Christmas lights and make your venue sparkle

You don’t need to spend a fortune on Fourth of July party decorations to make your party space feel special. One of the easiest ways to make your party shine as bright as the fireworks is by hanging strings of white Christmas lights. You don’t have to spend a dime, and your space will instantly feel cozy and festive.

10. Deck out your tables with red, white, and blue flower centerpieces

But don’t worry about hunting down red, white, and blue flowers. Purchase white flowers, and place them in glass vases or bowls filled with water. Then, simply add red food coloring to some of the vases, blue food coloring to others, and leave a few clear. You’ve instantly got red, white, and blue floral arrangements!

Activities

11. Create a DIY patriotic photo wall

Everyone loves a good photo op. Give your guests the perfect place to pose by creating a photo wall, complete with a basket of fun patriotic props. One of the easiest ways to craft a photo wall is with a white flat sheet and some fabric paint. Paint your design (you can’t go wrong with an American flag or fireworks) and suspend your sheet somewhere that guests can snap a pic. Place a basket nearby, complete with things like star sunglasses, America-themed feather boas, and all things ‘MERICA.

12. Host a festive 4th of July painting event

Not up to hosting at your house or looking to find something totally new to do? Host a private 4th of July paint party at Painting with a Twist! Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to spend the holiday at our studio, sipping on their beverage of choice while painting a masterpiece with step-by-step instructions. Bring the guests and the USA-themed snacks, and we’ll handle everything else.

13. Don’t forget the sparklers (complete with custom DIY sparkler packs)

Is it possible to celebrate the 4th of July without sparklers? Stock up on the handheld fireworks and pass them out to your guests when the sun goes down. If you’re really the hostess with the mostest, you can even put them in themed sparkler sleeves, like these free printable options from Minted.

Save yourself from the after-party cleanup by booking a private paint party at your local Painting with a Twist! Bring your most festive food and beverages and any guests you want to share them with. Then, choose from our library of patriotic-themed paintings. We’ll provide the space and all the supplies you need to paint your own tribute to America!

The days are longer and the nights are warmer. It’s the perfect time of year to get out and try those exciting late-night date destinations. The only problem? You can’t think of anything to do! If you’re ready for a summer’s night on the town and need some ideas, check out these summertime late night date night ideas to get your summer love blossoming.

See the stars.

As cheesy as it sounds, when was the last time you looked at the stars? Have you ever had a chance to look at the milky way? If you live in a major city or suburb, chances are your locality doesn’t get dark enough at night to allow you to enjoy the stars! In fact, check out “Dark Sky Communities” — places that are certified for their dedication to the preservation of the night sky in seven US states.

However, there’s no need to organize a whole vacation to a Dark Sky Community just to see the stars! Chances are, an ideal location to catch a glimpse of the milky way is not too far from your home. Do a quick internet search for “Best Places for Stargazing Near Me,” and you’ll find a list of date night destinations. Pack your favorite caffeinated beverages, a couple of blankets, and download directions on your navigation app before starting your drive (reception might be spotty).

It’s a good idea to try and arrive right before sundown, so you can enjoy the “light-show” from sunset to dusk. You can also download a stargazing app like Star Walk to help identify the constellations. Once you’ve gotten your fill of celestial bodies, hop back in the car and stop by your favorite drive-thru ice cream or milkshake spot for a treat on the way home.

Practice some DIY TLC.

If you’d dive face-first into a sheet mask any day of the week, you already have an appreciation for DIY spa treatments. However, your partner may or may not be on the same sheet as you. But don’t give up on a couple’s DIY spa night — an evening of joint pampering and relaxation can do wonders for your psyche and your relationship. In fact, according to Couples Therapy Inc., trying something new together can help you rekindle your romantic spark.

Order exfoliating foot masks online (if your partner is face mask-averse) and let them work your magic as you enjoy your favorite drinks, chocolates, and cheeses. Then, soak in a warm bubble bath while you sip on a glass of spa water (iced water with your favorite fresh fruits). Don’t worry too much about jam-packing your date night with all the spa activities. Instead, do whatever feels good — whether that’s giving each other foot rubs, doing a relaxing yoga flow, or falling asleep to reruns of your favorite game show.

Try something new.

If you’re scouring the internet for “date night ideas that don’t involve eating,” you’re not alone. A lot of people want an outing that’s not food related. Some good ways to enjoy a late-night date night that doesn’t end with dessert and indigestion are visiting a rock-climbing gym, challenging each other in a round of mini-golf, or trying a couples’ painting class!

A paint night date night will get your creative juices flowing as you each work to complete half of a painting — which comes together to reveal a beautiful masterpiece! Check out this study on how having a date night at Painting with a Twist releases oxytocin (2x more in men than women!) Additionally, at Painting with a Twist, you can bring your own snacks and drinks, and we’ll provide the painting supplies, ambiance, instruction, and clean-up! SCORE.

paint night date night

Check out our online calendar to find paint night date nights near you or pick up two of our Twist at Home kits to bring date night to you!

When life gets a little busy or stressful, setting aside time to relax and unwind is essential. But with so many distractions — from family members and pets to errands and everyday technology, finding a quiet place in your home away from all those distractions can be pretty tricky! But you don’t have to suffer through the noise. Instead, check out these tips on how to create a relaxing space in your home!

Find the Right Space

When creating a relaxing space at home, the first thing to do is pick the right spot. Pick a location that can accommodate your zen activities, such as yoga, meditation, somewhere to draw or write, etc. It could be that guest room you never use, a spare closet with some room to move, or an underused living room. If you’re tight on room in your house, try designating a corner of your bedroom to be your zen space.

Add Zen Home Decor

Once you’ve got the right space picked out, it’s time to decorate! Add some decorative pillows, candles, comfy blankets, an oil diffuser or incense, or anything else that typically helps you relax! If you’ve got an entire bedroom to zen-ify, give it a fresh coat of paint and match your wall decor to the paint color for a relaxing, cohesive look. If you’re decorating a small space, go the extra mile with a small, luxurious area rug, big cushy pillows, and a canopy of lacey curtains for a feeling of privacy.

Zen space

Set Boundaries for Your Space

It doesn’t help to create your perfect at-home zen space if everyone always messes it up! Once your perfect personal oasis is exactly how you like it, make sure to keep it that way by banning everyone else from using it. If your zen space is a room in your house, add a custom lock on the door that only you have the key to. If your zen space is in a more accessible location in the house, communicate to your other household residents how important it is that they not access your space. Even your significant other!

Set Time Aside to Use It

The most important part of having a zen space in your home is actually using it! Life can get busy, and before you know it, you haven’t set foot in your zen space in weeks! Instead, try booking times in your schedule to use it like you would do for other things like appointments, meetings, and work events. Mark it on your calendar or set a reminder in your phone to spend time in your space. Notify anyone who could potentially disrupt you so that you can get the most from your meditation time.

Your at-home zen space is the perfect place to catch up on the things you love the most! Whether you’re working on writing a novel, perfecting your skincare routine, or just want some peace and quiet to binge-watch the new season of your favorite show, your zen space is the place to do it all.

If you’re unsure how to use your zen space, try learning a new skill, like painting! We recently launched a brand new event type, our Zen Collection, which combines the therapeutic benefits of painting with soothing music and calming art choices! You’ll relax while painting AND have the perfect Zen-inspired artwork for your new space! Can’t make it in to a studio for an event? No problem. Purchase a Twist at Home kit for pickup at your local studio or have a kit delivered to your door! You’ll have all the supplies you need, so you can sit back, relax, and do you.

Feelin’ hot, hot, hot? Just because it’s a scorcher outside doesn’t mean your summertime activities have to go up in flames. If you’re at a loss of how to deal with summer heat, try cooling down with one of these indoor activities to keep you out of the sun while still having fun!

1. Kitchen Creativity

Turn daily chores like cooking into cool summer activities, like a build-your-own-pizza night! Give everyone an individual pizza crust and go crazy on a topping bar with all the yummy options. Or treat yourself and your kiddos to something sweet! Bake cupcakes or sugar cookies and spend the afternoon decorating them together. Check with your local bakeries too—some are offering at-home decorating kits to make this activity a piece of (cup)cake!

summer ideas

2. Not-Your-Average-Movie-Night

Looking to skip the movie theater? Transform your house into an at-home theater! Pile pillows and blankets to create a cozy palette on the floor, or better yet, gather all the sheets to build a fort! And don’t forget the concessions for that real movie-theater feel! Stock up on drinks, boxes of candy, and popcorn served in popcorn buckets to really get in the spirit of things. Your family will have such a great time, they’ll want a double feature!

3. Fun Field Trip

Need to get out of the house? Take a family field trip! Museums are a fun way to avoid the summer heat (and bonus for parents: educational!). If you’d prefer to stay home, you’ll find many online programs offered by art museums and children’s museums with engaging summer activities for kids.

4. Indoor Camp Out

Roasting s’mores can be fun, but a campfire on a hot summer evening is not. Don’t let the summer heat ruin your adventure—bring your campout into the A/C! Move some furniture around and pitch a tent in the living room, or forgo the tent and just break out the sleeping bags for an equally fun experience. Sauté some hotdogs on the stovetop and roast s’mores in the oven, let your kids build a “campfire” out of flashlights, and turn off all the lights. And to really feel like you’re escaping to the great outdoors, put away cell phones, tablets, and other electronics.

5. Painting Party

Is your family a creative bunch looking for summer art activities? Your little artists will love creating a masterpiece right at home! Painting with a Twist offers family-friendly at-home painting events that are fun for all ages. These painting sessions are fun art, not fine art, so even if you aren’t handy with a paintbrush, you can still have a blast!

Summer break is finally here! The kids couldn’t be happier with no e-learning to worry about, but you’re already dreading hearing that first, “I’m bored!” Just because it’s summer, doesn’t mean your kids can’t still stay active both mentally and physically! Whether you’re looking for fun things to do in your town or brainstorming how to keep your kids learning while on summer vacation, check out these fun and creative ways to keep your kids’ brains engaged and active all summer long.

What to Do with Kids in Summer

1. Make a sweet treat.

Is there anything better than a refreshing treat on a hot day? Help your kids make popsicles or ice cream and teach them valuable kitchen skills along the way. Want to take it to the next level? Have your kids find a recipe for their treat of choice, then ask them to make a grocery list with what they’ll need and give them a shopping budget to follow. They’ll learn how to use a recipe and prep food safely, and you’ll get dessert out of the activity. A win-win for all involved!

2. Plant a garden.

Do your kids know where their vegetables come from — beyond the grocery store, that is? Make a trip to a local nursery or home improvement store to pick out a few veggies that you can grow in your backyard.

If you don’t have a green thumb, start with a few herbs that are easy to grow, like cilantro, basil, or parsley. Let your kids get messy with potting soil and a container or the dirt in your yard to plant your new finds. Then, ask your kids to come up with a system or schedule to remember to water and care for the plants. You’re not only creating an opportunity for them to learn about agriculture — you’re also teaching them a few lessons in patience and responsibility!

3. Get in touch with your artsy side.

Art class may not be in session at your kids’ school, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get crafty on your own! Create cherished memories together with a family paint night or encourage your youngsters to meet new friends with exclusive art camps and painting events for kids. Painting can improve your kids’ concentration and focus, help them sharpen their motor skills, and give them the confidence to think creatively in their everyday lives.

4. Take a trip to local historical sites.

For some kids, history can seem pretty dull. But sometimes, it comes alive as soon as they walk in the footsteps of those who came before them. Look for historical sites in your area, like war battlefields or old homes. Guided tours are a great way to keep kids engaged and interested, and many of these places offer free or low-cost admission. Plus, you’ll all get to learn more about the heritage of your hometown!

5. Look for local summer camps for kids.

Are your kids interested in sports? Find a sports camp where your little athletes can step up their game! What about other hobbies? Check with local businesses and organizations to see if they offer workshops or activity camps for kids during the summer, like carpentry classes at the local hardware store, acting workshops with a theater company, or art camps for kids at a nearby painting studio. Encouraging your children to find a hobby or activity that they love can boost their mood and support their growing imaginations this summer.

6. Host a reading contest.

There’s one way to make almost any activity more fun: turn it into a game! Set a summer reading goal for each child, make a poster to track everyone’s progress, and offer rewards for reaching new milestones (like an outing to a favorite restaurant or getting to pick the movie for your next family movie night). If you have an only child, ask friends or neighbors if their kids want to participate in a friendly competition.

Find Art Camps for Kids This Summer

Making sure your kids’ minds and bodies stay active can feel like a full-time summer job. Keep their gears turning in a creative, productive way with painting events for kids at Painting With a Twist! Their brains stay engaged, and you get some time to take your own summer break. Contact your local Painting With a Twist studio for more info on painting events and summer camps for kids.

The party has been planned for months and now no one can make it. Rather than canceling it altogether, make the most of technology by hosting a virtual celebration! Digital get-togethers are trending right now, so hop on board and make the most of your upcoming celebration with these virtual party ideas.

How to Host a Virtual Party

Before hosting a virtual party, it’s important to figure out how to have a virtual party with little-to-no technical challenges. A little preparation and mindfulness of virtual etiquette can go a long way when planning your online party.

Send an online invitation.

There’s a distinct difference between hosting a virtual happy hour with your friends and inviting people to a formal celebration, such as a virtual bridal shower or birthday party. Planning — and attending — an online celebration requires a little more preparation than an informal digital get-together. When you send an online invitation, make sure to include a link to the online video conferencing platform you will use and instructions on how to connect.

Include your contact information — and be ready to help troubleshoot.

For the technology-challenged, provide your phone number and offer to help troubleshoot connectivity issues prior to the party.

Remind folks of anything they need to prepare for ahead of time.

If you’d like your guest of honor to receive gifts before the party, include registry information and the best address where guests may send gifts. And if your guests need to prepare anything for the party, send multiple reminders weeks and days in advance.

Give attendees a day-of reminder to attend.

Digital events can be easily forgotten! On the day of the party, remind guests a few hours ahead of time when and how to join the celebration. Be sure to email and text!

Fun Virtual Party Themes for Any Celebration

Make your celebration memorable with a unique party theme or activity that makes guests feel connected, despite celebrating from afar. Here are some suggestions to help you plan the virtual party of the year!

Host an online fancy dinner party.

This is one dinner party where the menu doesn’t matter! Ask guests to dress to the nines and join you for a fancy dinner party at their respective homes. Guests can prep their meal ahead of time, and when the party starts, the host can kick things off with a toast before diving into the meal. If you want to add an extra layer of fun — and your guests are up for it — you can ask guests to prep a three-course meal (appetizer cheez-its, main course pizza, and ice cream for dessert absolutely count). As the night progresses, the host can announce when it’s time to move onto the next course. Remember, the key is to dress up, have fun, and not get wrapped up in the logistics of what’s on the menu.

If you’re celebrating a special someone, make sure to recognize that person in toasts and take turns sharing birthday/graduation/marriage advice.

Fun for graduation and adult birthday parties!

Get creative with a virtual paint party!

There’s an inner artist in each of us. So for your upcoming online celebration, help your guests tune into their inner artist and host an at-home paint party! Whether you’re looking for virtual birthday party ideas or a unique way to celebrate a bride-to-be, Painting With a Twist’s Virtual Live Painting Parties are easy to implement and a meaningful way to connect with party-goers.

Here’s how it works: as the host, you’ll order paint kits to be delivered to each guest’s home in advance. (Sidenote: if you’re hosting a children’s birthday party, there are painting options for children, too!) On the day of the party, you’ll walk through the step-by-step instructions included in the kit. Some kits even come with a video tutorial for extra assistance! Once all steps are completed, everyone will have a masterpiece they’ve created all on their own!

Ideal for bachelorette parties, birthday parties for children and adults, and bridal showers!

virtual paint parties

Organize a craft cocktail show and tell.

Aperol spritz, anyone? Get ready for an evening of fancy sips when you host a DIY cocktail party! Ask guests to take turns teaching everyone how to prepare their drink of choice. Make sure your attendees have enough time to gather the supplies they need for craft cocktail night.

Once everyone has a turn to demonstrate their cocktail mixture, you can polish off the evening with virtual party games!

Ideal for bachelorette parties and adult birthdays!

Invite guests to a cake decorating challenge.

Whether you’re celebrating a mom-to-be or hosting a virtual bridal shower, get everyone to commemorate the guest of honor by decorating a cake at home! During the online party, guests will have approximately 30 minutes to decorate a cake. Creativity and unique decorating supplies are highly encouraged. To up the ante, the host can provide a theme for the cake-off. For example, a fun bridal shower cake theme may be the couple’s honeymoon destination.

While this party requires zero cake decorating experience, guests do need to prep a little before the party begins. When sending out online invitations, make sure to include preparation instructions so guests are prepared the day of the virtual party.

Ask guests to:

  1. Pre-bake or order a pre-made cake from the grocery store.
  2. Collect decoration supplies. Encourage folks to get creative with what they have at home — no need to buy professional cake decorations. Suggested supply list: icing, sprinkles, craft supplies, toys or figurines, flowers.
  3. Set up their computer or phone in a place where other virtual attendees can see them decorating the cake.

The guest of honor will be touched by everyone’s effort to make their day extra special. Plus, everyone ends up with their very own cake! What’s sweeter than that?

Great for baby showers, bridal showers, co-ed baby or bridal showers, and birthday parties!

Take your virtual party outside for a patio picnic.

Whether you’re celebrating the graduate or hosting a birthday for dad, a virtual patio picnic is a wonderful way to celebrate. Ask party attendees to set up lunch or an afternoon appetizer outside, along with their computer, before they join the party.

As the host, you can dress up your outdoor space a bit for the honorary guest with some simple streamers and balloons. The simple decorations will make the party feel a little more festive! Finally, make sure to have some activities planned for the picnic: trivia, pictionary, charades, and bingo are all easy, family-friendly games that can be played virtually. Some interactive games can help break the ice and give everyone hilarious entertainment.

Fun for graduation parties and baby showers!

A little social distancing doesn’t have to spoil the fun! Connect with your loved ones online and add in a few of these creative tips to really get the party going. And if you’re really looking to bring the party, host your celebration with one of our Twist at Home virtual live events! We’ll help you and your guests get the materials you need to create your very own masterpieces all while staying comfortable at home.

Are you feeling nostalgic for the 90s? Those simpler times saw the rise of great music, colorful clothing choices, and the best junk food options that side of the millennium. So, if you’re looking for a little escape from the modern age, check out these fun ways to make your summer the most ’90s nostalgic summer yet!

1. Make a 90s “cheese” board.

You probably remember your lunchbox staples with mouthwatering nostalgia if you were a kid (or kid at heart) in the 90s. Recently, some popular snacks and foods have made a comeback, while many other classic 90s delights never left, they were merely outshined by newer, shinier superfoods.

In fact, according to Southern Living, the area of the brain that helps us remember flavors also “records” the place and time we tasted those flavors. And that’s why char-grilled beef franks always remind you of summer camp!

Time travel back to summertime in the 1990s with a smorgasbord filled with your favorite decade snacks. Consider cult favorites like Dunkaroos (now available in stores according to Delish), Fruit Gushers, and even Lunchables. Sure, a 90s sampler platter might not make for the most wholesome meal, but it will take you back to the times when charcuterie boards didn’t cost an arm and a leg.

2. Have a 90s movie marathon.

You may no longer have that enormous, 1-ton box TV set, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a 90s-style movie night. But don’t just settle for watching classic 1990s movies like Space Jam, Jumanji, or The Parent Trap! Pair your film festival with delicious 90s snacks like the ones mentioned above, or even a good old sip of boxed juice or chocolate milk (Did someone say Yoohoo!?).

Take your nostalgia night to the next level by leaving your smartphone in another room to help you enhance that pre-Y2K feeling. If you get tired of watching movies (and have the technology available), enjoy a brief intermission over your favorite Nintendo 64 or first-generation Sony PlayStation games. “Booyah!”

3. Go all out with a 90s party.

If you left your Game Boy Color back in ’99 (or just want to go screen-free for a few hours), you can still party like it’s 1999. Whether you’re solo or with other members of your household — a little bit of dress-up, some snacks, and a classic 90s playlist are all it takes to time travel back to the second millennium.

Start by digging in your closet for items reminiscent of 90s fashion. Many of the decade’s trends have made a comeback in recent years, including choker necklaces, scrunchies, mini backpacks, flannels, and colorful windbreakers. Once you find a few 1990s style gems, pick your favorites and get into character! Don’t forget about the bling!

While you dress up as your inner 90s kid, turn up the boombox to your favorite 90s tunes. Get the party started with classic songs like Wannabe by the Spice Girls, Bidi Bidi Bom Bom by Selena, and Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin.

4. Pay homage to “the good decade” with a 90s Trivia Event!

Once you’ve got the soundtrack and the outfit down, you’ll feel as fly as Will Smith on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Add an ultimate 90s painting party with super fun trivia to the mix and you have the perfect throwback event this summer.

Take a break from the twenty-twenties today! Join us in studio or virtually for a 90s inspired Summer of Pop painting event.

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