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Every year, you say the same thing: “New year, new me!” It’s so easy to settle back into your normal routine once the holidays are over… but why would you want to? New experiences help you meet new people, learn about yourself, and expose you to talents you never knew you had! So, where to start? With these six tips, you can learn quick and easy ways to incorporate new things into your everyday life.

New Year Resolutions

Think back on the hobbies you loved as a child and run with them!

It’s easy to get into a bit of a rut as an adult. We spend our time at work, caring for our families, and, typically, doing the same two or three things for fun. If you’re at a loss about how to try new things, all you need to do is rewind! If you were a bookworm as a child, join a book club. If you loved sports back in the day, why not find a local team to play with? Sometimes, as we grow older, we let our passions fall by the wayside. Make a list of everything you enjoyed doing when you were younger, and brainstorm ways to incorporate those things back into your life.

Set a goal to do at least one new thing every single week.

Don’t let your New Year’s resolution to try new things get pushed to the backburner. Make it a goal to try something new every week, whether it’s something small, like trying a new cuisine, or something big, like getting out of town to go camping for the first time. This will give you something to look forward to every week, and you’ll have to start getting creative to keep your streak going! Plus, the benefits of trying new things will continue to roll in, like making unforgettable memories and discovering hidden talents.

Enlist your friends’ and family’s help.

One big reason why you should try new things? Because it’s an excellent opportunity to bond with the people you love most! Everything is much more fun when you’re doing it with friends and family, including learning or experiencing something totally new. Drag your friends to a cooking class, or sign them up to run a 5K with you. They can return the favor by introducing you to some of their interests and pastimes. Has your favorite co-worker been begging you to hit the town on a Saturday night, or join her for a morning hike? Now is the perfect time to accept!

Consider traits you’d like to improve or develop in yourself.

What is your reason for wanting to try something new? Do you want to be more spontaneous, more fit, more crafty, more social? By pinpointing your motivation, you can also start to pinpoint the activities that will be most fulfilling for you! If you want to get healthier, have fun trying things like kickboxing or Crossfit. If you’re hoping to be more crafty and more social, a wine and painting night at your local Painting with a Twist has your name all over it.

Ditch any limiting beliefs you have about yourself.

Embrace being a beginner and, to put it bluntly, embrace being bad at something. Everyone starts from square one when they’re trying something new. Serena Williams wasn’t a star the moment she picked up a tennis racquet. Once upon a time, Jimi Hendrix didn’t know how to play a single song on the guitar. Once you finally embrace the idea of leaving your comfort zone and potentially being mediocre at something, you’ll be more willing to pursue new and exciting things. Just get out there, be open-minded, try things, laugh at yourself, and have a blast doing it all!

Just say, “yes.”

One of the easiest ways to try new things is to stop saying “no.” Stop turning down invitations that come your way, and stop saying “no” to that voice in your head says, “That sort of sounds like fun.” Sure, sometimes Netflix and takeout feels easier than putting yourself out there in a new environment, but where’s the satisfaction in that? Get in the habit of saying “heck yes” to the opportunities that come your way.

The ball is in your court. What new thing will you try today? Make it Painting with a Twist! Find a painting studio near you, and reserve a seat today!

Red and green are classic Christmas colors, but what about a more creative holiday color palette? If you’re in the mood for something new this year, get inspired with these holiday color schemes that are guaranteed to add a fun twist to all your seasonal celebrations.

Bright Red, Turquoise, and Pink

If you’ve ever dreamed of living inside a gingerbread house, this holiday color palette could make your wish come true! With bright colors inspired by festive Christmas cookie frosting and candy canes, this palette can lighten up your home’s feel on chilly, bleak winter days. Try a white Christmas tree to make colored ornaments stand out or hang homemade pom pom garland on a mantle or bookshelf for an extra touch of whimsy. Sugary-sweet vibes never looked so beautiful!

Blush, Bronze, and Rose Gold

There’s no time like the holidays to coat your entire home in rose gold glitter, right? This holiday color palette is both festive and glamorous. Bring in a trendy feel with a rose gold holiday banner, or keep it traditional with blush poinsettias around a fireplace or on the kitchen table. Glam up your living room with a beautiful light-pink faux fur blanket and glittery gold throw pillows and ornaments. Gorgeous, darling!

Deep Red and Cream

You may have noticed that we like to put a “twist” on things—we can’t help it! Most holiday color schemes pair red with green, but we’d opt for a creamy white color instead for some creative contrast (and a nod to Santa Claus!). Natural wood accents and farmhouse-inspired decorations like a Cozy Farmhouse Santa wood board painting can make your space feel like a sophisticated country cottage. Black and white buffalo plaid or burlap fabric can make a perfect tree skirt to complement this holiday color palette, and you can use natural evergreen branches as accents for a rustic, outdoorsy touch.

Plum, Gold, and Green

We have one word for these vibrant holiday colors: luxurious! Sure, deep emerald green is already a popular choice for Christmas, but who says you have to pair it with red?! Jewel tones like plum and green create an instant air of sophistication for your holiday festivities. Simple but still oh-so-lovely touches can balance out the richness of these bold holiday colors. To keep this holiday color scheme from being too busy or over-the-top, wrap gifts in plain white or cream paper with minimalistic gold bows.

Christmas in a Paint Studio: A Holly Jolly Time

Are you dying to try out one of these holiday color palettes on your next craft project? Don’t wait until next Christmas! Grab your friends and family and treat yourselves to a BYOB paint party at a Painting with a Twist near you. Our seasonal paint night ideas will have you in the holiday spirit in no time. Head to a paint studio to make a new piece of holiday artwork AND make memories you can cherish all year long. Don’t forget the hot cocoa and peppermint lattes!

Just another holiday obligation. An awkward gathering with your coworkers. A conference room with deli trays and streamers.

Is that really how you want to think of your company holiday party? Of course not! Plan a company party that everyone will want to attend, from Connie in Accounting to Dale in Logistics. We’ll walk you through a step-by-step plan for how to put together the best company Christmas party—one that’s full of fun and overflowing with memories.

How to Plan a Company Holiday Party Everyone Will Love

1. Choose a location (that’s NOT your office!).

The best company holiday party ideas start with one vital element: location! Yes, it’s convenient to use a room in your office space, but you already spend all day, every day there! Celebrate the season with a company holiday party that’s separate from your office or workplace. Heading to a local restaurant, event space, or even someone’s home (depending on your company size) can create a more relaxed environment and encourage colleagues to enjoy themselves. If possible, keep the party close to the office so that your coworkers don’t have to make a long drive after their workday.

2. Make it an after-hours company party.

When choosing a time to host your company holiday party, it’s best to choose a time that’s after work. Why? Well, think of it this way: if you’re celebrating mid-day, are you going to have the best possible time if you’re thinking about the work you have to go back to afterward? Choose an early evening time, and be sure to provide enough food so your party-goers aren’t hungry (especially if your party falls during a mealtime).

3. Plan an awesome holiday party activity.

Bingo is okay, but isn’t it time to up the ante on company holiday party ideas this year? Choose an activity where everyone can be actively engaged and participating… like a company paint party! At Painting with a Twist, you can bring your own beverages and festive, Pinterest-worthy snacks to enjoy while you try something new. Even those who aren’t “artistic” will be able to enjoy step-by-step painting instructions and genuine conversation with their coworkers.

4. Talk it up.

If you, the host, are excited about your upcoming company holiday party, let it show! Tell people all about the new experience they’ll have at your paint party, and entice them with the delicious snacks and wine you’re bringing for them to enjoy. Share your enthusiasm with your colleagues and paint a picture of the memories the night will hold to get them excited.

5. Enjoy the party!

Instead of making your company holiday party just another event to cram on the calendar, make it something to remember—for you AND your colleagues! With a paint party at Painting with a Twist, everyone will have the opportunity to get to know one another on a deeper level (which can totally boost office morale). You’re creating a great time for everyone, and you’re making the office a friendlier environment. Essentially, you’ll look like a total rock star to your colleagues and superiors alike!

Need New Company Holiday Party Ideas? Try a Paint Party

Paint, drink, and be merry! Trust us—there won’t be any awkward lulls or forced merriment at your company Christmas party when it’s hosted at Painting with a Twist. Find a studio near you and book a company paint party today!

teacher gift

Well, “Back to School” is in full swing. Some of you are sad… and some of you are jumping for joy ?? No matter which side of the hallway you’re on, I think we can all agree that teachers are superheroes. To thank our teachers for being the inspiring leaders they are, we have some fabulous teacher gift ideas!

Classroom Sign

Teachers always go above and beyond to decorate their classrooms in a way that’s inviting for the kids. Grab your friends and paint a custom sign they can put up in their classroom with their name and/or grade level! She’ll feel so special that you made something just for her with your own hands! Bet you didn’t know you could be so crafty!

Teacher Gift Cards

Want to give your kid’s teacher an experience she’ll never forget? There’s no better way to unwind after a long day or week than a night out with some friends, with a little wine and art! Believe me, she’ll thank you a million times for this teacher gift! These are perfect for a welcome gift, holiday gift or Teacher Appreciation gift!

Arrange a Private Event for Teachers

If no gift seems enough for your kid’s teacher, talk to the principal to arrange an offsite event just for the teachers of the school!  Get some parents together to help sponsor the event or cover any offsite event fees.  Think the school could use a fundraiser? Talk to your local Painting with a Twist studio to see about hosting a Painting with a Purpose event, where 50% of the proceeds go to a special cause!

There’s no denying that teachers are such a special part of our kids’ lives. Give them something out of the ordinary to honor their superhuman status! They definitely deserve the recognition!

experience at Painting with a Twist

Come experience something different in our studio!

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably had a fantastic experience in one of our studios. But have you experienced everything we have to offer? We’ve put together a quick bucket list of ‘must do’ events at Painting with a Twist. Check it out and come experience something completely different in our studio!

Trivia Nights

This event is really popular in our studios!  If you’re looking for a unique night out with friends or coworkers, this one is a great choice! We combine four of our favorite things: friends + wine + paintings + TRIVIA! From wizards and zombies to space nights and 90’s coffeehouse trivia, you can find a theme night you and your friends will love! Dust off those leg warmers for an 80’s event or dress in your old school 90’s threads for a night of pure nostalgia. We promise you’ll have an absolute blast! Click here for upcoming trivia nights near you!

Date Night

Looking for a unique experience for that first date or a place you and your hubby can go to escape the real world for a bit? Come see us for a Date Night event.  You’ll each create a painting that, when put together, are two parts to a whole. You’ll relax, laugh, sip on your favorite beverage and get creative! Besides, Baylor University conducted a study with Painting with a Twist and concluded that all couples release oxytocin when painting together and men release 2x more oxytocin than their partners! So there you have it, it’s healthy for your relationship!

Coffee & Canvas Events

Not a night owl? Try our Coffee & Canvas daytime paint parties. Grab a cup of Joe, some friends and head on over to a studio! You’ll love this laid back twist on our experience!

Black Light Event

Glow sticks, glow paint, black lights and an awesome painting event. Who knew, right?! But yes, many of our studios across the country host Black Light events! We use special paint that shows up under the black lights. Wear white or neon color clothes for the ultimate black light painting experience!

Private Parties

Did you know you can host your very own birthday, bachelorette, holiday or team building party in our studios? You pick the date, the artwork you’d like to paint and we’ll take care of all the details so you can have a blast with your friends! Request a party here!

Ready to experience something different in our studio? Click here to book your next girls’ night!

So, you’re part of the #bridetribe and are in charge of throwing the BEST bachelorette party. No pressure ?? Don’t worry. We have you covered. Check out some fabulous and unique bachelorette party ideas and tips below to make your bestie’s party a blast!

  • GET ALL THE PROPS

There are a TON of bachelorette party props out there to make your bride-to-be’s night unforgettable. Whether you go the traditional or the more risqué route, your bride will LOVE the attention. After all, it’s her last fling before the ring! So get the cute veil, the sash, the cup, etc!

  • DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Whether it’s grabbing the girls for adult camp (it’s a thing!) or throwing a wine and painting party at one of our studios, do something out of the ordinary for your bestie!

  • BRING THE ESSENTIALS

Tylenol (hello!), wine or your favorite cocktail mixers, matching t-shirts or tank tops and/or tumblers (the bride will LOVE this!) Be sure it has a clever bridal-inspired saying on it! Or you could always come MAKE a pair of bridal party wine glasses in our studio! ?? You can use one glass for the bachelorette party and one for the big day!

  • GAMES, GAMES, GAMES

Weave in some fun games throughout the party! Ask the groom some questions ahead of time and have the bride answer. If she gets it right, she gets a gift. If she gets it wrong…well, you decide the “punishment”!  After a few cocktails, bring out the bachelorette version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Your group will be in hysterics, we promise!

  • TO POST OR NOT TO POST?

You are going to have a TON of adorable and funny photos from the weekend. But before you go to town posting on social media, check with the bride! If she’s ok with photos, then make it extra fun and create a hashtag for the party!

Your bestie deserves the best bachelorette party! Follow these tips and she’ll have the time of her life.

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