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Want to ring in the new year with your colleagues? Whether you’re planning a mid-day office celebration before everyone heads home for the holiday or an all-out, all-night new year’s bash for your company, make it an event to remember with these workplace celebration ideas and tips!

How to Plan a New Year’s Corporate Party

First things first, think about what purpose you want your new year’s party to have. Do you want a no-strings-attached celebration where colleagues can simply relax and enjoy non-work time together? Or do you want a corporate event geared toward team building and boosting employee morale? Different company cultures lend themselves to different types of parties, and you may have different needs from one team to another, too. Keep your main goal in mind as you plan, and be sure to ask for input from coworkers.

Whatever you’re planning, stay mindful of common corporate party planning mistakes, such as:

  • Hosting an after-hours party at the office. No one wants to feel like they’re working on New Year’s Eve, so choose an off-site venue if you’re planning a party on December 31st.
  • Not communicating clearly about the party. Send out invitations 3-4 weeks in advance (more if possible!) since many people’s calendars fill quickly during the holiday season. And be sure to include details like dress code, food and drink arrangements, and any pertinent activities (like a physically-inclined team building activity) so guests know what to expect.
  • Not having an agenda or activities for the event. If you expect your coworkers to entertain themselves solely by standing around and talking to one another, your New Year’s office party may be short-lived. Consider planning a unique teambuilding activity, hosting party games or a trivia tournament, or even hiring a band or DJ to keep your guests engaged.

Ring in the New Year: Corporate Event Ideas

If you’re in charge of planning the New Year’s office party this year, try these corporate holiday party ideas for an event that’ll have everyone talking when you get back to the office.

Give your party a theme.

Some people think of a sparkly ball drop and glamorous attire for New Year’s Eve, but why not change it up completely? Choose a historical era, a country, or even a movie or TV show as your party theme — it can be completely unrelated to New Year’s! Encourage guests to dress up accordingly and go all out with food and decor that align with your aesthetic.

Treat everyone to lunch during the work day.

Want to keep things chill when you’re celebrating a new year at work? Have lunch catered the day before everyone is out of the office. Team members can enjoy a leisurely lunch while they reflect on the past year and look ahead to their career goals and New Year’s resolutions. This idea is even better if everyone can head home early to enjoy time with family.

Take a class together.

Instead of the usual get-together over food and drink, why not host a private cooking class or painting event for your team? Learning something new can offer a much-needed brain break from work, plus it’s a unique and memorable way to welcome the new year with your colleagues.

Host an awards ceremony.

You could go the traditional route and show appreciation to your employees with awards and gifts. Or, you could change things up and have employees nominate each other for silly awards, superlative style to keep the mood light and festive. Ask for nominations a few weeks in advance and have everyone vote at or before the party.

Throw a virtual event.

Is your team working remotely, or maybe scattered across the country? That doesn’t mean you have to skip a New Year’s celebration! Many activities can be adapted to a virtual format, like a video-led cheese or wine tasting or a virtual paint event.

Kicking Off the New Year at Work: Painting with a Twist Makes It Easy!

From ensuring your team members feel appreciated to starting the new year with high morale and excitement, event planning for your work team can be stressful. At Painting with a Twist, we can help take the load off your shoulders. You bring the food and drinks, and we’ll set up everything else for your employee team-building event. Your team can create art, bond, and get excited for the fiscal year ahead in a casual atmosphere. Book your team-building event at a Painting with a Twist studio near you for the ultimate New Year’s company outing!

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Every family celebrates the holidays in their own special way, but sometimes it’s fun to add your own special touch and put a new twist to the festivities. If you’re looking for unique ways to celebrate Christmas this year, try these fun, non-traditional ideas that’ll keep you and yours in the holiday spirit.

1. Give Time, Not Gifts

Start a new tradition this year that celebrates the generous spirit of the holidays by donating your time to a worthy cause. Gather your family or a group of friends together and give back to the community.

Try volunteering at your local food bank, or seek out volunteer opportunities near you. This non-traditional Christmas gift idea can make the holidays a happier time. Not only will you spread holiday cheer to those you serve, but volunteering your time together is a great way to bond with those you love most.

2. Save a Tree, Decorate Something Else

Rather than cutting down a fir tree this Christmas, why not leave it to grow for another year? Cut down on holiday waste and swap out your typical tree with some non-traditional Christmas decorating ideas. With a spark of imagination, you can easily turn a blank wall, a spare ladder, or even a coat rack into a glowing tribute to the holiday season. Just don’t forget to place your presents at its feet!

3. Try Out a New Skill

The holidays are a great time to relax and enjoy new experiences. This holiday season, maybe you’d like to explore your artistic side. For a unique way to celebrate Christmas this year, you might try out a paint night with friends and family. Not only is it a great way to spend time with loved ones and learn a new skill, but in the end, you’ll have a ready-made gift for someone special!

Here are a few other ideas for non-traditional activities:

  • Sign-up for a holiday cooking class
  • Throw a Christmas crafting party – Our At-Home Paint Kits are perfect for this!
  • Take a cider- or cocktail-making class

4. Try Out a Non-Traditional Christmas Dinner Menu

Let’s face it, Christmas dinner and Thanksgiving feasts have way too much in common. So, why not try out a few alternative options? Add some spice and variety by celebrating with food from a different culture. Or, put out a poll of everyone’s favorite everyday dish and experience something new. Seeking out non-traditional ideas for Christmas dinner can help make your holiday celebration deliciously tasty and something everyone is sure to remember.

5. Host a Friendsmas Party

If you don’t live close to family members, a great non-traditional Christmas party idea is to host a Friendsmas Party. You can pick a Christmas party theme to make it even more festive — ugly sweaters are always a hit — and have everyone make an easy recipe to contribute to the holiday meal. Add a few fun holiday cocktails to the menu, and you might just have an evening that will make you renounce traditional Christmas dinners altogether.

6. Get Active for the Holidays

It’s no secret that the holidays can often lend to some unwanted weight gain. This year, flip the script and make the opposite true. Get outside for a fun, lighthearted Santa Run, hike, camping trip, or bike ride, and burn off some yuletide calories.

7. Exchange Gifts with Laughter

Skip the stress and financial burden of shopping for presents that your giftees may or may not need, and instead, host an event full of holiday games and cheer. After all, it’s not the price tag that matters most during the holidays. It’s the beautiful people and memories made with those you hold dear that truly make Christmas special.

8. Have a Gift Scavenger Hunt

Spice up Christmas Eve or Christmas morning with a holiday gift scavenger hunt. Hide your gifts around the house and write up some fun clues that will lead them all around your home (and even outside, if you don’t live somewhere too cold!). If you have small kids, you can draw up a treasure map where ‘X’ marks the spot for a memorable gift-giving tradition.

9. Host a Private Holiday Party at Painting with a Twist

Are you ready to breathe new life into the holidays and reconnect with the magic of the season? Why not book a Painting with a Twist Private Event at your nearest studio, and enjoy a Christmas evening of painting, sipping, and joy? All you have to do is grab your drinks of choice, rally up your attendees, and show up ready to have an amazing, unconventional time! Book today!

After a long, leisurely summer, it can be hard to get back into your family’s school year routine. Whether your child is counting down the remaining days of summer or dreading their return, one thing is universal: the more abrupt the transition, the harder it becomes.

Don’t wait until the night before to start prepping your family for the upcoming school year. Make the transition into your school routines seamless – and even fun – with these pro-parenting techniques.

Why Worry About Routine?

Routines are comforting. When children have structure in their lives, they know what to expect each day. When big transitions happen – whether that’s a move, a trip, or heading back to school – routines offer predictability and normalcy amid the chaos. By easing your children into things with these back-to-school routine tips, the first day of school will feel a lot less intense.

Back to School Morning Routine

Start waking them up earlier.

Soon, your children won’t be able to just roll out of bed whenever their bodies decide. Help them prepare for earlier mornings, both physically and mentally, by waking them up slightly earlier each day. If they’re currently getting up at 9:30, wake them up at 9:00. Then 8:30. Then 8:00. Before long, getting up at 7:00 won’t be such a stretch!

Have them “get ready” for each day.

Superman pajamas aren’t exactly school-appropriate, so it’s time to get your kids used to getting dressed in the morning again! Instead of letting them lounge around in their PJs, ask your kiddos to put on “real” clothes in the morning.

After breakfast, have them brush their teeth. Even if your little ones have nothing to do for the day, it’s helpful to remind them what it’s like to get dressed and ready to go. It might be helpful to create a back-to-school routine checklist where they can see, step by step, what they need to accomplish each morning.

Prioritize eating a good breakfast.

Over the summer, your children may have gotten used to eating a late breakfast or skipping the meal altogether. Get your entire family back into the school year groove by serving breakfast right after getting dressed. As a family, collaborate on a “menu” of easy, nutritious meals that can be prepped in advance. This is great practice for getting out of the door on time.

After School Routine

Plan and prep some yummy after-school snacks together.

What is it about coming home from school that makes children absolutely ravenous? Give them something to look forward to after their first day of school by planning and prepping some delicious after-school snacks together. Having a fridge stocked with grab-and-go snacks make for an easier school week (and less hangry children!).

Set up their homework/study station.

It’s hard to be organized in a disorganized space. Set your child up for success by tidying up their space prior to their first school days. It’s helpful to create a designated spot for homework and studying, whether that’s a desk in their room or a quiet spot in the dining room. Stock it up with everything they might need, whether that’s mechanical pencils and workbooks or protractors and graphing calculators.

Back to School Night Routine

Set a reasonable bedtime so they get enough sleep.

It might cause a few fights at first, but setting a bedtime is essential. Luckily, if you’re waking your children up earlier, they’ll likely be ready to go to bed earlier, too! You don’t have to switch from 10 pm to 8 pm right off the bat – just make sure you’re gradually inching up bedtime to get it more in line with their school schedule. Keep in mind that the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that children 6 to 12 years old get 9 to 12 hours of sleep per night!

Start laying out clothes and packing the backpack the night before.

Have your children start picking out their outfits before they go to bed each night. The night before the first day of school, have them pack their backpacks as well. By selecting clothing and ensuring they have what they need, your mornings will go much smoother.

Don’t forget to make it FUN whenever possible!

Prioritize family time.

Soon, busy schedules will make it harder to spend time doing fun activities as a family. Plan a few end-of-summer outings to savor those last school-free days! Family paint events at Painting with a Twist are a great way to get out of the house and try something new together. Your children can learn some new skills and express their creativity – and, best of all, you don’t have to worry about the dreaded post-craft clean-up! Trade in the screen time for some easel time, and your family will make some summer memories to last through the school year and beyond.

kids painting event

Create gifts for their new teachers.

Get your child excited to meet their new teacher (and ensure they make a great first impression!) with a back-to-school teacher gift. Attend a family paint night or grab a Twist at Home kit, and your child can create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece – perfect for displaying in their brand-new classroom. Not willing to part with their creation? Check out these other gift ideas!

Offer praise and encouragement.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your children won’t adjust in a day, either. Acknowledge the progress they do make, even if it’s just brushing their teeth without prompting or getting ready for bed without complaints. Surprise them with a loving note in their backpack or lunchbox on their first day. A new school year is a fresh start, and you can help them see the positives with a little encouragement.

Make Back-to-School Fun at Painting with a Twist!

Get your children excited for the school year ahead! Whether you’d like to have your kiddo gift their new teacher with their very own DIY artwork, spend a little family time before schedules get busy, or get their creative juices flowing before the start of the new academic year, Painting with a Twist’s Family Events offer a great way to do each of these things. Find an event near you today!

As the school year comes to a close, parents everywhere are looking for activities to keep their children occupied during the summer months. If you’re wondering how to make the most of summer vacation without having to brave the heat, try out these creative activities.

1. Pop In and Paint at Painting with a Twist

Looking for something to do on the fly? Why not Pop in and Paint at Painting with a Twist? You can bring the entire family for a day of creative expression and fun, all without a reservation! Pack along a few snacks and beverages to share as you and the kiddos create your one-of-a-kind paintings. And most importantly, enjoy some much-needed time out of the heat while sitting beneath the breeze of a cool AC.

2. Have a game day at home.

Board games, card games, and other at-home games can be the perfect solution to a hot summer’s day. Engage your household in an entertaining evening full of friendly competition and familial bonding time. Just don’t forget to throw in a few snacks and treats, like ice cream, to help stay cool!

3. Throw a water party in your backyard.

From sprinklers and slip n’ slides to kiddie pools and water balloons, the best way to beat the heat during summer is to cool off with some H2O fun. Round up your family friends and their little ones, set out a few ice-cold beverages, and watch as your kiddos make lasting summer memories with their favorite pals.

4. Sign the kids up for camp at Painting with a Twist.

Just because the kids are out of school for summer doesn’t mean you’re free from work. If you’re looking for fun summer activities for your little ones to do on their own, sign them up for Kids Camp at your local Painting with a Twist studio.

At our kids’ camps, your children will enjoy making fun art, eating yummy snacks, and so much more! Plus, you’ll get the added bonus of summer child care. Visit your local studio today to learn more about their Kids’ Camp offerings!

Rather entertain the kiddos at home? Ask your local studio about our Twist at Home Paint Kits that come with everything your child needs to get creative at home!

5. Go window shopping.

Summer activities don’t need to be expensive, they just need to be cool. Head to your nearest shopping center, and spend the day window shopping (or actual shopping), depending on your interests and budget. Even if you don’t find a perfect new dress or the latest toy, you can always enjoy a hot pretzel and free air conditioning.

6. Visit your nearest skating rink.

Another fantastic way to cool off during the summer is to engage in winter activities like ice skating. Surround yourself with the refreshing chill of an indoor ice skating rink, and let your little ones run around to their heart’s content.

7. Go to the library.

The library is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day with family in an air-conditioned environment. Plus, allowing your kiddos to explore book-filled shelves can be conducive to learning, creativity, and more. You’ll also want to seek out local literary events to attend throughout the summer to help make library time a new summer routine.

8. Make frozen treats at home.

Have you ever wondered how ice cream is made? Or maybe you’d like to try your hand at frozen banana pops and root beer floats. Spend time in the kitchen with your little ones this summer, and make some of your favorite frozen treats from scratch. Not only will this be a bonding experience for the entire family, but you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy some tasty treats at the end of this beat-the-heat summer activity.

9. Play with science.

Making paper mache volcanos or creating a water balloon-powered car isn’t just for school science fairs. Get the entire family together to participate in a creative, science-themed activity they’re sure to never forget. From building and toppling domino tracks to blowing up balloons with baking soda and vinegar, the options for this indoor activity are truly endless!

10. Attend a Family Paint Event at Painting with a Twist.

Beat the heat this summer by joining a cool, air-conditioned Painting with a Twist family event near you today. From grandparents to little ones and teenagers, Painting with a Twist is an activity everyone can enjoy. Plus, all of your attendees will leave the studio with memories of laughter and fun, as well as their very own keepsake to commemorate the experience for years to come.

Whether you’re planning a cookout, birthday party, or a bachelorette party, ensuring attendee turnout is rarely easy. However, there are some steps you can take to rev up excitement and engagement for your upcoming affair. Wondering how to get people to come to a party? Wonder no more! Here are nine ways to ensure an excellent event turnout at your next party.

Start Thinking About Attendance in the Planning Phase

Planning an event? Here are a few things to consider before you even set the date!

1. Give Yourself (and Your Guests) Plenty of Time to Plan

You’ll want to ensure you have enough time to work out the major details of your event — such as getting decorations, food, beverages, or entertainment. But, if you’re wondering how to get people to come to your party, it’s also essential your guests have ample time to prepare. Providing a heads up well in advance increases the likelihood that your invitees have clear schedules.

2. Be Considerate of Major Holidays and Events

If you’re throwing a holiday party, try to do so a week or so beforehand rather than the day of. This technique works because many of your guests will likely have longstanding traditional events or family plans for holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter.

In addition to holidays, many plan their vacations around bank holidays, national holidays, holiday weekends, or other special events such as “the big game.” If you’re planning on hosting guests for a major event, start early and send out your invitations well in advance — months early if possible — for a great event turnout.

3. Set a Theme

Unless you’re hosting a major event like Friendsgiving, you’ll likely need to do a little bit of thinking in terms of your event’s theme. While theme often does dictate your decorative choices — like color palettes and motifs — it can also help inform your food, beverage, activities, dress code, and more.

For example, if you choose a Glow in the Dark or Blackout theme, you can opt for glow in the dark eats, attire, and activities like glow in the dark painting. Under the glow of blacklights, your attendees are sure to feel like they’ve stepped into a unique event!

Looking for something classy but festive? Step back in time to the roaring twenties and enjoy a Great Gatsby-themed affair — just be sure your guests get the dress code memo! For a relaxed backyard party, you may want to heat up the grill, serve up cookout classics, and enjoy mingling and music.

4. Choose a Crowd Pleaser

Wondering how to build hype for an event? Choose a piece de resistance — which can be a guest speaker, giveaway, raffle, plated meal, mimosa bar, live entertainment, a paint party, or simply the promise of great tunes and better dance moves! Either way, you’ll want to decide what will make your event stand out and later promote it to your invitees.

5. Ensure Your Key Players Can Attend

Before setting your date in stone, reach out to your nearest and dearest to float potential dates. After all, you want to make sure that these VIPs can make it!

6. Create a Rainout Plan, if Applicable

Nothing will cause your attendance to dwindle like hosting an outdoor event in a drizzle. If you’re planning on hosting an outdoor event, create a Rainout Plan just in case storm clouds start rolling in — this will save you a lot of stress in the long run!

Spread the Word

Now that you’ve selected your date, chosen a theme, and checked in with your VIPs, it’s time to learn how to get the word out about an event.

7. Make Invitations

There’s something special about receiving an invitation in the mail or in your inbox. Instead of sending out a mass group text, start by creating invitations — and decide whether you’d like to go digital or paper. Whichever option you choose, consider your theme and personalize your invites. A personalized invitation will help your invitees feel special and appreciated.

Be sure to include the date, location, and time of your event and any other pertinent information, like dress codes, entertainment, food, or if your event will be BYOB.

Pro Tip: There are plenty of pros to choosing E-vites: they’re environmentally friendly, free or low cost, and you won’t have to worry about your invite getting lost in the mail.

8. Find Your Influencers

Once your invitations have gone out, it’s time to call on your closest (and most extroverted) invitees — whether they’re friends, associates, or colleagues. Encourage these close invitees to act as influencers to hype up your event, spread the word, and engage with any social media posts or Facebook events. A little engagement goes a long way!

9. Provide Reminders and Updates

Keep your crew updated with reminders once the date is set and the details start to fall into place. One of the easiest ways to do so is through social media. Create a Facebook Event or use Twitter, Instagram, or your favorite social media platform to spread the word. Be sure to recap the details you included on your invitations (date, location, and time), and use this space to play up the theme and your event.

Need a little help getting the conversation started? Use features designed to drive engagement — like polls or quizzes and provide semi-regular updates and reminders on your page.

If circumstances change — for example, your backyard soiree looks like it could be rained out — create a post to let your guests know that cocktails and conversation will carry on inside!

Make Your Next Event a Hit at Painting With a Twist

Making sure that people turn up to your event can be a lot of work, but planning the event itself doesn’t have to be. Organize your next celebration with a little (or a lot of) help from your local Painting with a Twist.

When you make a reservation at one of our studios, you need to ensure that your guests arrive and that you have the beverages and snacks of your choice. We’ll handle the rest — from the fun and festive atmosphere and supplies to post clean-up. We’ve got you covered!

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So… you’ve met someone. Congratulations! You can’t stop smiling, you’re excited to have a new partner who just gets you, and you can’t seem to spend enough time together. As glorious as these early moments can be, it can be all too easy to brush off red flags or even lose sight of your convictions and values when building a budding relationship.

Want to survive your relationship’s honeymoon phase? Here are five tips for how to be true to yourself in a new relationship.

How to Be In a Relationship Without Losing Yourself

1. Stay close to your friends and family.

Don’t be afraid of accountability. Your friends and family know you well, and they can remind you how to be true to yourself in a relationship. Listen to them! Even if you don’t fully agree with their relationship advice, their perspective can help you think critically about your actions.

And remember: your family and friends have been there for you long before this new person came into your life. And they’ll be there if things go by the wayside with your new partner—but only if you continue to nurture your relationships with them.

2. Be realistic (and open) about any red flags.

Maybe you have four furry friends, but your partner doesn’t like animals. Maybe you love the city you live in, but your new partner is seriously considering a cross-country move. If you’re seeing red flags (or even small things) pop up in your new relationship, talk about them.

Know what you will or will not compromise on (see #5 for more about that!), and keep your expectations realistic about changes you’d like to see. From small things (like your favorite coffee shop) to the bigger ones (like the future of your relationship), don’t rush into something serious before you and your partner are on the same page.

3. Plan dates where you can talk.

There’s no denying the chemistry between you and your new boo, but don’t rush the “getting to know you” process! Instead of traditional “dinner and a movie” dates, plan outings that encourage conversation (like a couples’ paint night!). Ask questions, and answer their questions honestly to keep things on the right track.

4. Remember your self-care.

In any relationship, it’s natural (and admirable!) to want to please your partner. Even so, don’t forget about caring for yourself. The long-term health of your relationship depends on both you and your partner being healthy and content, and neglecting your own care is a recipe for disaster. Don’t skip that weekly yoga class, keep your journaling routine intact, and make time for your own hobbies and interests.

5. Establish (and talk about) your boundaries as necessary.

Not good at saying “no”? Maybe it’s time to change that. Healthy boundaries can help keep you from losing your identity in a new relationship. If you feel like you’re not being yourself in a relationship, take a step back and evaluate where you’ve compromised your own wants, needs, values, and interests. If need be, write down your specific boundaries or talk them out with a trusted friend. And be sure to communicate them clearly with your partner as things come up!

How to Be Yourself In a New Relationship

Starting a new relationship is invigorating—nothing beats those butterflies you feel! Sure, it’s easy to lose sight of things when you’re caught up in the excitement, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Find activities that both you and your new boo can enjoy at your local Painting With a Twist studio. From Couples’ Nights to Trivia Nights and everything in between, you’ll love getting to know your partner better than ever at a paint date night event near you.

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School’s out for the summer – and suddenly, your kiddos have loads of free time on their hands. By the second or third week of summer break, it might seem like there aren’t enough bikes, water balloons, books, and play dates to get you through August without resorting to tons of screen time. Don’t let your family fall victim to “summer brain drain.” Here are eight creative summer activities for kids.

1. Participate in your local library’s summer reading challenge.

Whether your child is a natural bookworm, or they enjoy a little competition, keep their imagination soaring by participating in a summer reading challenge. Head to your local library to see if they’ve got a challenge going on, and sign your little one up.

If your local library doesn’t have a reading challenge in the works, check out your online options. Keep your child motivated by offering prizes for meeting reading goals and scheduling regular family library outings to stock up on new books.

Pro tip: If you typically try to point your child toward educational books, relax a bit during the summer. Let them discover the joys of pleasure reading!

2. Have a good old-fashioned lemonade stand.

Lemonade stands have become a lost art. This summer, help your child set up their own lemonade stand (or cookie or snow cone or juice stand) so they can sell treats to the neighborhood. Not only does this get them outside and off the screen, it’s also a great opportunity to teach them about money, marketing, and customer service!

Pro tip: Lemonade stands are not legal in every state. Check your local laws before engaging in this activity.

3. Collect cardboard boxes and craft a cardboard castle.

Don’t toss out those Amazon boxes just yet! Start collecting them now and get ready for some exciting summer creative activities. Challenge your child to build a cardboard fort, or any cardboard structure they’re inspired to create. Provide paint, stickers, markers, and other dollar store supplies to decorate their masterpiece.

4. Go “camping” in the backyard or living room.

Camping is a quintessential summer activity, but you don’t have to pack up the car or sacrifice indoor plumbing to get the experience. Pitch a tent in the backyard or roll sleeping bags out onto the living room floor. Then, go “camping” as a family. Make s’mores, play flashlight tag, tell ghost stories, and star gaze. With a little planning and creativity, you can make your backyard feel like a wondrously secluded campsite.

5. Make a family time capsule.

No one understands how quickly time flies more than a parent. You’ll never get this summer back, and one day you’ll look back on these days with fond nostalgia. Challenge your kids to find mementos and souvenirs to put in a family time capsule. Have them write letters and draw pictures to their future selves. Together, agree on a date for opening the time capsule (whether it’s in one year or a decade).

6. Create masterpieces at Painting with a Twist!

When your child lets their creativity flow, they’re also processing feelings, finding innovative approaches to life, developing their imagination, and cultivating their own uniquene personality. At Painting with a Twist’s Summer Camps and Kids Classes, they’ll get the chance to do all of these things while developing a new skill and making friends! Find a Kids Camp near you, and give your child the ultimate creative kids summer.

7. Go on a mini road trip.

It’s easy to overlook many of the exciting things that are happening close to home. Take your child on a mini road trip to the next town over, and play tourist together. Observe the location and landscapes with fresh eyes, explore local parks, museums, pools, and any other tourist “hot spot” you can find. Your child will love the change of scenery, and you may even find a renewed appreciation for where you live!

8. Deliver some “for no reason” summer care packages.

It’s always fun to make someone smile! This summer, help your child create care packages for a neighbor, relative, or friend who could use a little pick-me-up. Bake cookies, pick flowers, or create homemade cards together. Let your child decide take the reins when deciding what to add to their summer care package. Once everything is complete, take them to deliver their thoughtful treats and goodies. Your kiddo is sure to learn a little more about empathy and how pleasant it is to make a person’s day.

Enjoy a Creative Kid Summer at Painting with a Twist!

Why not ensure both childcare and creative stimulation for your kiddos this summer? By having your child join a Painting with a Twist’s Summer Kid’s Camp, you can do it all. Keep your children creatively stimulated this summer break as they make new friends and explore everything their imagination has to offer. Sign up today at a Painting with a Twist near you!

Kids painting at summer kids camp

Team-building activities can be an opportunity for your staff to bond, connect, and learn how to work better together. Or, they can be a time that everyone dreads and remembers as a royal waste of time.

Planning a corporate team-building day or event? We’re here to help you steer clear of common event planning mistakes. Learn how to plan a corporate team-building event that’s engaging, inclusive, and memorable with these tips.

Corporate Team Building: Why It Matters

Maybe you already know how effective team-building events can be. Or perhaps you’re still asking, “Why is corporate team-building important?” The answer is simple: it brings your team closer together on a human level so they can work better together on a professional level. Plus, team-building helps break up the everyday routine of work to help everyone stay motivated, avoid burnout, and form valuable relationships.

In the long run, corporate team-building events can increase employee engagement, boost productivity, and improve company culture — all of which are a win-win for you AND your team members.

Team Building Gone Wrong: Event Planning Mistakes to Avoid

If you haven’t planned a team-building event since the days of trust fall exercises and high ropes courses, it’s time to change your approach. Learn how to avoid team-building mishaps and dodge these event planning no-nos.

1. Ignoring inclusivity.

It’s one thing to ask your team members to step out of their comfort zones for an activity they might not usually try. But things can get sticky — and fast — when you plan activities that go against legitimate limitations, like physical abilities and phobias.

As you work through the event planning process, ask for feedback from other team members (see #4!) to ensure that your big day won’t alienate anyone. Choose team-building games and activities that will allow your team’s diverse abilities to shine so that everyone leaves feeling empowered and encouraged.

2. Not dispersing cliques.

Nothing can turn your workplace into a drama zone like cliques gone wild. While it’s a great thing for your team members to have friends within the office, corporate team building days are a time for everyone to build new relationships— not retreat into the comfort of existing ones. Are you hosting a scavenger hunt or other competing events? Be sure to assign teams randomly, so everyone feels included.

3. Staying at the office.

Hosting a successful event for your team starts with a relaxed environment. And guess what? The office isn’t conducive for that, period. No matter how “chill” your company culture is, your team likely won’t be able to let their guard down as long as they’re still within the four walls of the office (or their home office, if you have a remote culture).

If possible, host your event at an offsite location where everyone can meet in person. If that’s not feasible, utilize social media and real-time activities via video conference to create a feeling of togetherness, even when there’s physical distance between team members.

4. Not asking for help and input.

When it comes to corporate team-building events, the “team” part should start from day one. Having one person plan everything (on top of their regular job duties!) is not only exhausting for that person— it could lead to a disorganized disaster.

Ask for your team’s input on activity preferences. You might be surprised by the creative team-building activity ideas your staff can come up with, and everyone will have more buy-in for the event if they’ve had a say in the plan. Got a big team to host? Consider hiring an event planner to help ensure the big day goes smoothly and provides value for all involved.

5. Hosting only one team-building event per year.

Whether you have a team of 5 or 500, make it a priority to host team-building events throughout the year. One big day per year might not be enough to keep employee engagement up, but planning several events can provide multiple opportunities for constructive breaks.

Besides, you’d hate for someone to miss out if they’re out of town or unable to make your ONE event (Remember that inclusivity bit?). It’s always a good idea to plan a special event for your team around the holidays, but don’t stop there! Keep the team-building spirit going all year long with quarterly or even monthly events.

How to Plan a Team-Building Day The Easy Way

Finding a venue and planning activities for your corporate event takes a lot of time and energy, but you’d rather skip to the fun part! Your local Painting With a Twist studio is your one-stop shop for your next team-building event.

We’ll set up the room, provide supplies, and give you and your team the instruction and tools you need to create a fun piece of art while you connect and bond. What are you waiting for? Plan your corporate paint party today and give your team the day they deserve.

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Empowerment stems from feelings of strength and confidence. It’s the initiative you take in owning your happiness, taking charge of your life, and truly knowing what it is that you stand for. Empowerment is something everyone should experience.

In honor of International Women’s Day, use these tips to start taking control of your happiness and begin your journey towards feeling more empowered every dang day!

Prioritize Your Health

Your well-being is the most important: mental, emotional, and physical. By prioritizing all facets of your health, you’ll start to feel strong, capable, empowered, and worthy. Start each day off right with these empowering things:

  • Drink water — eight 8 oz glasses per day is recommended.
  • Maintain a healthy, nutritious diet.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Put away your phone and disconnect first thing in the morning and before bed.
  • Get some fresh air (and hopefully a little sunshine) every day.
  • Move your body for at least 30 minutes each day.
  • Schedule at least 30 minutes of downtime every day to pamper yourself. No work, no chores, no emails, no obligations.
  • Watch your mental health — meditation, therapy, spiritual practice, social media detoxes, etc.
  • Find a hobby you love — maybe even try something new! Mastering something that you find interesting is a major confidence boost, not to mention it’s just plain fun!
  • Invest in your relationships — having a solid support system of family and friends is essential. But be sure to give as much as you take to allow these benefits to ebb and flow both ways.

Practice Selflessness & Generosity

Take care of yourself so that you can make an impact. A healthy you can do a lot for others! When you are doing something for someone else or become a part of something bigger than yourself, you’ll feel bigger, too.

Remember: empowered women empower women (and men, too). So get out there and make a difference!

Set Boundaries

Boundaries are healthy. You are not Superwoman — so stop trying to do it all. If you say “yes” to every request and commitment, you’ll run yourself into the ground. There’s no need to feel guilty for saying “no” if you’re feeling overwhelmed or spread too thin.

You’ll have more of yourself to give to the things you do say “yes” to if you choose wisely. Prioritize based on your goals, dreams, and passions, and you’ll feel empowered to put your best foot forward.

Believe in Your Beliefs

It’s important to know what you stand for and what empowers you. Putting both into perspective will ultimately allow you to own and breathe life into what you believe in.

Ask yourself these questions about your own beliefs:

  • What issue/topic/organization/movement am I passionate about?
  • Why do I feel passionate about that issue/topic/organization/movement?
  • How can I learn more about that issue/topic/organization/movement?
  • How can I peacefully and confidently defend or promote that issue/topic/organization/movement?
  • What do I have to offer that issue/topic/organization/movement?

Go After Your Dreams

You go, girl! What do you want to accomplish this week…this month…this year? Where do you see yourself in five years…10 years? Your goals can be short-term or long-term. They can work toward career development, stronger relationships, stable finances, travel, etc. Whatever they are, a game plan is necessary for achieving your goals. Here’s how to start going after dreams.

  • Set realistic goals. Nothing is less empowering than setting yourself up to fail. So, make sure you have the resources you need to succeed.
  • Make a plan with a timeline to help you take actionable steps toward your goals.
  • Create a vision board that inspires you to dream big and accomplish your goals.
  • Find a tribe to support and encourage you, and ask for help when you need it.
  • Take those steps!
  • Be flexible, grant yourself grace, and re-evaluate your plans when needed.

Set Daily Intentions

Intentions are a little different than goals. Think of intentions as your mantra or wish for the day. For example, your daily intention could be “I will not stress about things outside of my control today,” “I will be present in each moment today,” or “I will embrace the qualities of an empowered woman.” Add this practice into your morning routine to start each day on the right foot.

Foster a Positive Mindset

A positive outlook on life can help you feel more empowered in your corner of the universe — and empower women around you, too. Add these three things to your routine to keep a positive mindset and empower your life:

  • Calm your mind with mindfulness activities.
  • Practice meditation to center yourself.
  • Keep a gratitude journal to focus on what’s going right in your life.
  • Strike a power pose. Stand tall in front of a mirror with your feet shoulder-width apart, shoulders back, and hands on your hips. Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds and feel the confidence build.

Celebrate YOU

With daily expectations and harsh comparisons, it can be easy to forget how bold and beautiful you really are. Take the time to cheer yourself on, and eventually, you’ll feel empowered, confident, and strong!

  • Take a women’s empowerment course or find a club or organization that offers empowerment tools for women.
  • Write yourself an encouraging note and put it on your bathroom mirror, or hang an inspiring piece of art on your bedroom wall as a reminder of your strength.
  • Acknowledge your accomplishments and share them with friends and family.
  • Treat yourself! When you reach a goal (big or small), reward yourself with a little something you enjoy.

Are you ready to own your narrative and empower yourself for years to come? Get started by creating a memento of what a bold, beautiful, and empowered woman you really are by joining a Diva Painting event at your nearest Painting with a Twist studio.

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Maintaining friendships in adulthood can be a struggle, but making new friends can feel downright impossible! Fortunately, with a little effort, cultivating quality relationships as an adult is something anyone can achieve. Get on the road to healthy, lasting friendships with these tips for making new friends as an adult.

1. Figure out what kind of friend you are.

Before you get too caught up in learning how to make more friends as an adult, it’s important (and eye-opening) to consider what you enjoy, what you want, and what you bring to the table.

Are you searching for a big, rowdy group of friends to explore local bars with? Are you eager to find one or two friends to join you on your morning jogs? Maybe you’d like to start a book club and can’t wait to recruit some fellow bookworms. Once you really think about the kinds of friends you want in your life, you’ll have a better idea of where you might find them.

More importantly, consider the kind of friendship you’re offering. It’s cliché but true: you attract what you put out there. Are you loyal? Are you trustworthy? Are you caring, fun to be around, and generous? This is the perfect time to consider if there is anything you can work on to be the best friend possible.

2. Do activities that you enjoy.

The easiest way to find friends who like the same things as you is to go do those things! It can feel awkward attending activities while on a mission to mingle, but it’s one of the best ways to connect with people who share your interests.

If you’re a sports junkie, join a local intramural team or start watching games at the local sports bar. Join a knitting club, take a yoga class, socialize at the farmer’s market – go to the places that you enjoy and engage in your hobbies! There, you can strike up conversations with likeminded individuals. You may be surprised by how receptive people are to making new friends.

3. Embrace your local network.

Some of the very best friends start off as a “friend of a friend.” Even if you don’t see a potential best friendship with your coworker or your neighbor, you certainly may find a kindred spirit through your extended network.

Join your coworker for a lunch with friends, accept your neighbor’s invitation to their cookout, go on a double date with your partner’s acquaintances, and humor your mom by getting coffee with her college roommate’s kid. You never know where you’ll find your people!

4. Be open to trying new things.

While frequenting your favorite places and activities is helpful, branching out is a smart way to get out of a rut if you’re having trouble making friends. Not an artist by nature? Join a pop-in and paint event at your local Painting with a Twist. There, you’ll have the ability to meet new friends while laughing at your artistic abilities (or lack thereof). At Painting with a Twist, it’s all about creating fun art not fine art during our walk in painting classes. Getting out of your comfort zone is invigorating, and you’ll get the opportunity to cross paths with all new people (A.K.A. potential new friends).

5. Say yes to opportunities and invitations.

Putting yourself out there is hard. Making small talk after a long work week is exhausting. Trying something new can be nerve-wracking. But that’s how you’ll start forming friendships. When you’re presented with an invitation, activity, or opportunity, say yes!

Putting yourself out there isn’t always easy or even appealing; maybe you’ve got your hands full with kids or work, or maybe you’d just rather binge watch Euphoria for the second time. If you’re serious about making new friends, say YES and carve out some time for socializing.

6. Understand that adult friendships take work.

Why is it hard to make friends as an adult? In high school, you saw your friends eight hours a day whether you wanted to or not. In college, you probably lived with your nearest and dearest. Now, as a full-grown adult, you’ve got a million responsibilities and you can go weeks without seeing your best friend – unless you put in the work.

Prioritize your new and existing friendships. Check in with them and don’t be afraid to initiate plans. Show up for friend dates even when it’s not convenient. Friendships in adulthood are enriching and rewarding, so don’t let them fall to the wayside.

Cultivate New Friendships at Painting with a Twist

Making new friends as an adult isn’t the easiest task, but it’s certainly a worthwhile one. Put yourself out there, and it won’t be long before you find your squad. Ready to put the paint in friendship? Join a pop-in and paint event at your local Painting with a Twist studio and start building new connections today!

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You write your goals down year after year, only to never look at them again. You’ve got good intentions and high hopes, but that piece of notebook paper never actually seems to help you achieve your goals. It’s time to get creative and make your dreams a reality! Learn how to create an inspiring vision board with these tips and ideas.

What is a Vision Board?

A vision board, or dream board, is a collage of inspiring images that highlights your ideal vision of the future. This helpful tool is created with optimism, mindfulness, and all of the positive thoughts you need to usher in your biggest hopes and dreams.

Why Make a Vision Board?

Have you ever found yourself fired up about a new goal only to have forgotten about it by the week’s end? Vision boards are great for making your dreams and aspirations impossible to forget. By creating a vision board and hanging it up somewhere that you’ll see every day, your goals will always remain at the forefront of your mind.

Want to cross the finish line of a marathon by the year’s end? Those glossy running photos on your vision board could encourage you to lace up your running sneakers every morning. Maybe your biggest goal for the year is to get more creative and step outside your comfort zone. Seeing that easel and brush image each day can give you the push you need to sign up for that painting event you’ve been wanting to try.

In short, a vision board can be a source of confidence and excitement throughout your journey. And if done well, an inspiring vision board can help you take actionable steps towards accomplishing your biggest aspirations.

What are the Different Types of Vision Boards

There is no one-size-fits-all format for creating a vision board. Your goals and dreams are unique, so it’s important to find a technique that accurately represents your goals and motivation style. Fortunately, there are many different types of vision board styles to try out. Check them out below.

Vision Board Layouts

When it comes to vision board layouts, the options are endless! Some people prefer pasting magazine cutouts onto poster boards. Others prefer tacking images onto cork boards or bulletin boards so that they can rearrange, add-in, or adjust their plans when needed. And if you’re not a fan of the arts and crafts route, try creating a digital vision board with a collage or vision board app.

Vision Board Timeframes

A vision board can encompass short-term goals that you can accomplish in a week, month, or season. In which case, you may want to use an adjustable approach like the corkboard option. If you’d prefer to go the long-term route, ensure that your aspirations are detailed with realistic milestones you can accomplish along the way.

Vision Board Themes

If you want to try out different vision board themes, this is the perfect time to get specific about what’s most important to you. Try creating a board that highlights your professional goals, or get super detailed by creating a vision board that showcases your personal and social aspirations. There’s no wrong way to design a vision board. Just make sure the goals you put on it are true to you and your future plans.

Other vision board theme ideas include:

  • Travel Goals
  • Money Goals
  • Romantic Goals
  • Family Goals
  • Health Goals

How to Create a Good Vision Board

Consider Your Goals

Before you start gluing images to your board, consider what goals you’d like to include. It may help to jot down your aspirations on a piece of paper before beginning. And remember, there are no wrong answers when it comes to what to put on your vision board.

Find Relevant Images

When finding visuals that you find attractive, eye-catching, and motivating, get creative. You can hunt through magazines, scroll through Pinterest, draw or paint your own pictures, add-in photographs, or print out graphics — whatever you find inspiring! In the end, your finished vision board should be something you enjoy looking at daily.

Showcase Your Vision Board

When you’ve finished arranging your images, hang your vision board somewhere that’s easy to spot. Hang it next to your coffee maker, tape it to your mirror, showcase it in your home office, or prop it up proudly on your nightstand. And if you’ve created a digital vision board, set it as your phone background or print it out.

Whatever you do, don’t let your vision board collect dust or sit in a drawer. And, as you start working toward your goals, don’t be afraid to add, remove, and rearrange your images if needed. After all, dreams and goals evolve as we do.

Remember: Your vision board doesn’t need to make sense or look beautiful to anyone else as long as it helps you visualize your goals on a daily basis.

Accomplish Your Goals at Painting with a Twist

Is “become more creative” or “get a new hobby” a big goal for you this year? Maybe you simply want to add a little more artistic flair to your vision board. What better way to accomplish all of these things than by joining a paint and sip event at Painting with a Twist?

Whether you’re embarking on a creative journey or diving headfirst into a new hobby, Painting with a Twist has the atmosphere, supplies, and inspiration you need to get the goal done.

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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 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.

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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.

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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!

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You want to uplift your close girlfriend who’s launching her own company, moving into her own place, or having a baby soon. And hey, you can always use some quality time with like-minded women to boost your spirits, too. Whatever the reason, goddess parties are a creative and unique way to celebrate, empower, and inspire someone you love (and yourself!).

Want to throw your own goddess party but aren’t sure where to start? We have your back with plenty of goddess party ideas.

What’s a Goddess Party?

Simply put, a goddess party is an event where like-minded women come together to empower one another and celebrate their natural beauty, femininity, and strength.

But what happens at a goddess party? While you can choose what to include in your event, some common ideas include:

  • practicing self-love and self-care exercises
  • meditating together
  • practicing affirmations
  • setting up tarot card readings
  • talking about your dreams for the future and setting goals
  • remembering and acknowledging past achievements and milestones
  • awakening the senses with sounds, tastes, and smells

As you may have guessed, a goddess party doesn’t have to have a particular structure. If a specific activity or idea empowers women in your life (and lifts you up, too), include it in your goddess party.

When to Throw a Goddess Party

Goddess parties can be a fantastic way to offer extra support to a friend who’s experiencing a significant life change, and they’re a unique alternative to traditional birthday parties, bachelorette parties, or even baby showers. But truthfully, you don’t need a particular occasion to host one! A goddess party allows women to come together, practice self-care, set goals, and enjoy each other’s company and positive energy. Last time we checked, you don’t need a special occasion to do that!

Goddess Party Activities

So, what do you do at a goddess party? Check out the list above for some general ideas to get you started. Incorporate any activity you associate with deep self-care, like mindfulness meditations, moon cycle rituals, or even spiritually-based ceremonies.

Pro tip: You may be able to find a local life coach, meditation teacher, or spiritual guide to help with these activities!

Set aside time for structured activities too! Think yoga, goal-setting, or crafting. Or, keep things organic with a list of talking prompts designed to help your loved ones receive and offer support. Here are a few ideas for conversation topics:

  • Talk about recent accomplishments you’re proud of
  • Discuss things you’re grateful for
  • Identify and acknowledge something you’re excited about or afraid of right now

Whatever you plan, center your activities around empowering yourself and providing opportunities for your girlfriends to uplift one another. Ask your fellow goddesses for input, and focus on activities that can clear your mind, ground your spirit, and care for your body.

Goddess Party Decorations and Food

Your goddess party should awaken the senses— all five of them! Amp up the feminine vibes with flowers and soft lighting from lamps or hanging lanterns, and diffuse your favorite essential oil or candle to add fragrance.

Delight your taste buds with comforting, nourishing foods like fresh fruits, veggies, and a green goddess spring salad. Then, sprinkle in a few delicious and refreshing drink options like fruity sangrias or calming teas.

As for the sense of touch, give your guests plenty of soft and cozy throw blankets and pillows if you’re hosting your party at home, or plan a hands-on craft or zen painting activity to boost the sensory experience of your goddess party.

What to Wear to a Goddess Party

Even though goddess parties are meant to celebrate the natural beauty of your mind, body, and soul, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your outward appearance, too. Everyone in your goddess circle could choose to dress like your favorite Greek goddess, or you can keep things open to interpretation and wear anything that makes you feel like the strong and beautiful woman you are. Whether that’s comfy lounge pants or a floor-length gown and flower crown, you and your fellow goddesses have the power to choose.

How to Throw a Goddess Party Everyone Will Love

Every milestone (and really, every DAY!) in a woman’s life is worthy of celebration. What better way to empower your loved ones — and yourself — than a goddess party with a dose of creativity?

Check out the calendar at your local Painting With a Twist studio and book a diva painting event where you and your ladies can embrace your inner beauty and strength! Celebrate womanhood and create memories together when you gather up your girls for a private paint event.

Goddess Art

The weekend is quickly approaching, and you’re looking for a fun and creative way to spend your time. Never fear! Painting with a Twist has all the events you need to make this weekend one to remember — from Couple’s Date Night and Paint Pouring to Twist-at-Home Paint Kits and Trivia Nights! Learn more about the different ways you can have a blast at a Painting with a Twist studio near you!

Girls Night

Whether you’ve had a great week or a not-so-great week, a girls’ night out with your crew is always the answer. The happy hours, mani/pedis, and movie nights have all been done before. This time, when looking for fun things to do during the weekend, think outside the box! Round up your girl gang, grab your favorite vino, and book a girl’s night orprivate paint event for the ultimate wine-down weekend.

Date Night

Perfect for the first date or the 9,674th date, a couples’ painting event is everything a romantic night out should be: light-hearted, original, fun, and wine-filled, of course. You and your lucky date can sip BYOB wine while creating complementary paintings that, when hung together, create a romantic harmony almost as lovely as your relationship.

Trivia Night

Join a Painting with a Twist trivia night, and bring your friends, family, coworkers, or anyone you want to impress with your encyclopedic TV show knowledge! Our studios host themed trivia nights covering various topics, from beloved sitcoms and cult classic films to time capsule trivia all about the ‘80s or ‘90s. Your creative and competitive sides can both come out to play as you compete over trivia questions, create an on-theme work of art, and sip your favorite adult beverages.

Paint Your Pet

Sure, you love your pet. But do you love them enough to paint a custom portrait of them to hang in your home? (That’s a rhetorical question because obviously, the answer is “Yes!”) Painting a tribute to Fido at a Paint your Pet event may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you’re looking for fun stuff to do over the weekend. And that makes it even better!

So, what should you expect from a Paint your Pet class? When you sign up, you’ll submit a picture of your beloved four-legged companion. One of our talented artist instructors will sketch them on canvas. And all you’ve got to do is add the paint when you arrive!

Paint Pour Events

Get all types of tipsy at a Painting with a Twist paint pour event! In paint pouring, you’ll pour acrylic paint onto your canvas and then tilt and roll your canvas to allow the paint to flow, mix, and cover the surface in all sorts of spontaneous ways. The finished product is a beautiful and unpredictable marbled-looking painting. This weekend, pour paint while pouring yourself a tall drink.

Blacklight Events

Get ready to light up your weekend! Put on your best white or fluorescent-colored outfit and head to one of our blacklight events. You’ll create a psychedelic piece of art while painting under black lights with our neon glow paints. This is not your average art event, to say the very least, and that’s what makes it a great weekend activity!

Zen Events

Find complete relaxation after a hectic workweek at one of our Zen Collection painting events. While you paint a tranquil scene, one of our talented artists will walk you through breathing and meditation exercises — set to the sound of soothing music. Carve out time this weekend for a little self-care, and you’ll discover the joy of painting away your stress.

Coffee & Canvas Events

Not all fun weekend ideas are boozy! Sometimes, the only drink you need is a caffeinated one. Take your typical coffee date to the next level at a daytime Coffee & Canvas event! We’ll provide coffee (or feel free to bring your venti salted caramel mocha frappuccino) and everything you need to create a fun, seasonal painting. Brunch is overdone – this weekend, try something new with a Coffee & Canvas event!

Team Building Events

You know you hit the coworker jackpot when you include your coworkers in your Saturday activity ideas! There’s no better way to bond as a team than by getting out of your creative comfort zone together at a Team Building Paint Party. It’s all about making fun art, not fine art, and everyone will have a blast drinking, socializing, and following along with a guided painting session. This weekend, get “Out Of Office” and into a studio.

Twist At Home

If you’d rather not change out of your pajama pants this weekend but are looking for fun stuff to do, we’ve got you covered. With a Twist at Home Paint Kit, you’ll have everything you need – a canvas, paint, brushes, and instructions – to enjoy a Painting with a Twist experience in the comfort of your own home! Invite your girlfriends over, cozy up with your partner, or have some serious you time. Pick up a kit at your local studio, or have it shipped.

Have you found the event you’ve been looking for? Make this weekend one to remember by visiting your nearest Painting with a Twist studio to book the event made just for you!

Twist at Home

Are you looking for creative ways to spoil your significant other but don’t want another ordinary date night or a simple cozy night in? Get creative with a budget-friendly, romantic evening at home instead. Not sure where to begin? Fortunately, we have some fabulous tips on how to create a stay-at-home spa date night for your boo or beau!

Prepare Your Home Spa Kit

Before you dive into your couple’s at-home spa day (or night), you’ll need to stock up on a few things to make sure your spa is a success. Grab a few lavender, vanilla, or jasmine-scented candles to add an element of aromatherapy. You might want to select massage oils and bath soaks that incorporate similar or complementary scents to stay on theme. And don’t forget the snacks and libations. Chocolate treats and red wine are a must on any at-home spa day checklist.

Set the Mood

With your supplies in hand, it’s time for you and your partner to get in the right frame of mind to truly enjoy your spa night at home. Create a serene, romantic space by clearing out the clutter in the bedroom, bathroom, or living room — wherever you plan to enjoy one another’s company. Next, set the lights low by burning those candles you got earlier. Finally, put on your favorite romantic playlist, and get ready to relax.

Give and Receive a Massage

The core element of any spa day is, of course, a massage. Your own DIY couples spa day should be no exception. Not only are they an amazing way to relax, but you’ll also feel closer to your partner — physically and emotionally. Don’t worry; you don’t need to be professionals to experience the benefits of a couple’s massage. Watch a few step-by-step videos to start, and then prepare your space. Lay down a towel or blanket, grab some scented massage oil, and then get ready to work out those kinks and aches.

Soak Up the Romance

Once you’ve massaged the tension out of your muscles, draw a hot bath for your partner in the romantic glow of your previously lighted scented candles. Throw in a moisturizing bath bomb, or dissolve Epsom salts to melt away any stress they may have. To really kick up the romance, sprinkle some rose petals on the surface of the water. All that’s left to do is have them slide into the tub with a nice glass of wine. They’ll come back completely rejuvenated and excited for the next activity.

Put on Your Best Face with Couples’ Face Masks

Who said skincare had to be a solitary pursuit? Create your own DIY face masks with your S.O. to create a unique bonding experience — there are thousands of recipes available with a quick search. Or simply use some store-bought sheet masks. You’ll have glowing skin and a glowing relationship by night’s end.

Explore Your Artistic Side Together

If you want something to serve as a memento of your DIY couples spa day — other than the romantic memories and great skin — consider adding a painting session to your list of activities. Order Twist at Home Paint Kits from your local Painting with a Twist studio for that added, special touch of the “love hormone.”

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With hectic work weeks, parenting, and maintaining personal relationships, we often forget to check in with ourselves. Fortunately, an excellent self-care morning routine could be just what the doctor ordered! Set a positive tone for your entire day and prioritize your overall well-being with these stellar self-care rituals.

10 Ideas for the Ultimate Self-Care Routine

A morning self-care routine doesn’t need to be time-consuming or complicated to prove worthwhile. It just has to include simple, thoughtful actions that leave you feeling grounded and refreshed at the start of your day. The following ideas are super easy to implement but can make all the difference in how your day unfolds!

1. Fill up on H2O

You’ve probably heard it said a thousand times, but staying hydrated is fundamental to your overall health. Even though you should be drinking water throughout the day, filling up on H20 from the start is a great way to jump-start your morning. And if you’d like to jazz things up a bit, try adding citrus slices (lemon, orange) or fresh herbs (basil, mint) into your glass.

2. Leave your phone alone

Often, our phones feel like both a blessing and a curse. They help us stay connected with our work and our loved ones, but they also contribute to a lot of stress in our daily lives. That’s why it’s important to take a break from social media, work emails, and news updates as part of your self-care morning routine. By omitting this little distraction, you can enjoy some well-deserved calm and clarity at the start of your day.

3. Jot down your thoughts

Creating a new journal entry first thing in the morning is the perfect chance to download your thoughts and feelings while they’re fresh. Make it a point to jot down everything — the good, the bad, and even the ugly. This way, your negative thoughts can stay where they are on the page, and your expressions of gratitude can put a positive spin on the remainder of the day.

4. Read something inspiring

Pick up a book of affirmations, poems, or spiritual text, and allow it to set the tone for the remainder of your day. Uplifting words like these can soothe your thoughts and offer some much-needed peace of mind.

5. Make a morning beverage

Establishing a beverage ritual is an easy addition to your self-care morning. Making your favorite drink is a quick way to center yourself and activate your mind. Whether you prefer energizing coffee, soothing tea, or a nourishing smoothie, find what beverage works for you and make a habit of drinking it each day.

6. Take your vitamins

The ultimate self-care routine is one that’s well-rounded, meaning it looks at your physical, mental, and emotional needs. And part of tending to these areas is taking daily vitamins, minerals, or supplements to help you perform at your best. If you’re not taking anything at the moment, consider starting with a multivitamin as a means to prioritizing your health.

7. Practice meditation

If you’re someone whose mind is racing from the moment you wake up, meditation can be a powerful way to connect with yourself on a deeper level. While practicing meditation isn’t a cure-all for anxiety or nervous thoughts, it’s still an excellent opportunity to destress, center your thoughts, and bring awareness to the present moment.

8. Incorporate fragrance

Have you ever included scent as part of your morning self-care? A pleasant sensory experience has the power to calm your emotions and enhance your mood. Whether you burn incense or add essential oils to your shower, fragrances that are both relaxing and familiar can be a great pick-me-up in the early hours of the day.

9. Set your day’s intention

While setting an intention for your day only takes a few minutes, its influence shouldn’t be underestimated. Creating a mindful intention can be as simple as saying: “Today, I will be productive, and I won’t stress about things outside of my control.” Writing your mantra down or saying it out loud can alter the course of your day and help you to focus on what matters most.

10. Get your body moving

This last suggestion doesn’t have to translate to a 7:00 A.M. cardio session — but if that’s what you’re into, then go for it! The idea here is to get the blood flowing, which can do amazing things for your physical and mental wellbeing. Try going for a walk around the block or plugging into twenty minutes of guided yoga to help you ease into the rest of your day.

Prioritize Self-Care at Painting with a Twist

Self-care is all about the small ways you listen to your body and respond to its needs, and yet, practicing self-care doesn’t have to end once you head off to work. Expand your self-care day routine and self-love journey by joining a Zen Collection event at Painting with a Twist!

We provide the supplies, therapeutic music, and calming atmosphere you need to unwind after a long, busy day. Look for a Painting with a Twist studio near you, and get ready to give your self-care a significant boost and creative edge.

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Practicing mindfulness, or becoming more conscious of your daily thoughts and emotions, can help ease anxiety, depression, and so much more. Explore these mindfulness arts and crafts practices that you can do solo or with others, and begin your journey to leading a more mindful and fulfilling lifestyle.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is an intentional act (usually meditation), where you work to reduce inner chatter and obsessive thoughts by bringing your attention to the present moment. If you focus on your feelings and actions without judgment, practicing mindfulness can bring you closer to a calm and relaxing state.

Each day, our thoughts are focused on stressful things like work projects, corralling the children from point a to point b, and things that we often have no control over. That’s why it’s essential to find ways to destress when you feel overwhelmed. And mindfulness art activities are a great place to start.

What are the Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness

According to the American Psychological Association, practicing mindfulness can help to relieve certain ailments, alleviate depression, and more. By committing to and nurturing yourself, you may experience amazing benefits like:

Increased memory capacity and concentration

Lower levels of anxiety and stress

Better emotion regulation

Stronger capacity for suppressing distracting thoughts or information

Increased immune system efficiency

Better overall well-being

And these are just a few of the advantages! Aim to practice mindfulness every day for about six months. Over time, you might find that mindfulness becomes easier.

Mindfulness Activities to Try

Play with Clay

Hone in on the nostalgia of playing with moldable dough, and grab yourself some clay with this mindfulness craft activity. Put on relaxing music, and create something that brings you joy — whether it’s your pet, small birds, or even a large tree.

Be sure to treat this process with a gentle nature, and refrain from getting too caught up in the details. It doesn’t have to be perfect! The best part — this particular craft can be used as mindfulness activities for kids and groups, so you can enjoy peace of mind with the entire family! And if you’d like to take it one step further, grab some paint, and make it a mindfulness painting activity, too!

Grab an Adult Coloring Book

Break out the adult coloring books and colored pencils you never seem to get to, and give yourself permission to color outside the lines. Enjoy the activity as your hands graze upon the page, and focus your intention on making this image your very own.

Draw the Sound

Choose music that fluctuates in emotion and draw to the sound! The best genres for this activity are classical and jazz, as they typically portray various emotions in a single track. Use your pencil to convey what you feel on a large sheet of paper. During the process, you may just pinpoint emotions you’ve never had time to acknowledge before.

Write or Draw in Nature

Engaging your senses in nature is incredibly beneficial. Visit your local park or pull out a lawn chair in your backyard, and observe the world around you with a pencil in hand. Draw inspiration from trees, children playing, flowers, fountains, or anything else that you feel drawn to. Then, write or draw to the sound of your own beat. Doing this activity can help you become more strongly fixed in the present.

Create Your Perfect Day

Whether you opt for the collage-style option or decide to write in a journal, have fun with this craft for mindfulness. Take a moment to close your eyes, focus on your breathing, and visualize your perfect day. While doing so, ensure that you’re not limiting yourself to what feels possible or unlikely. Let your imagination run wild!

If you choose to do this on a collage, pull photos from magazines or draw images that correlate with your ideal day. If you decide to write this out, make sure to use plenty of adjectives to truly describe every sense and emotion.

Join a Zen Painting Event at Painting with a Twist

Mindful painting can provide many benefits — from stress reduction and increased positive thinking to mood elevation and more. And with Painting with a Twist’s Zen Collection events, you’ll create your own tranquil painting while you relax with soothing music and experience some guided meditation and breathing exercises to help calm your spirit and mind. Find a zen event at your local studio, and get one step closer to reducing that inner chatter.

Zen Painting Event

Spring has officially arrived, and that means it’s time for a fresh start. Finished your spring cleaning? Great! Completed your binge marathon? Well done! Now it’s time to get out of the house, find a new hobby, and make some new friends along the way. Step outside, and get ready to find your next warm-weather activity with this list of social hobbies to enjoy this spring!

Explore the Great Outdoors

The sun is out, the weather is great, and now it’s time to get out of the house and enjoy it all. Take a stroll in a local park while staying open to the possibility of interacting with others along the way. And if you’re looking to get more active, outdoor fitness is a great place to start! Walking, jogging, yoga, and hiking are just a few things you can do to get moving and enjoy the outdoors.

Check around your area for fitness groups. so you can get active, admire nature, and create unique bonds with amazing people you might never have encountered otherwise.

Get Inspired, Get Creative

The world is bursting with inspiration at every turn. So, if you’re looking for an outlet for all that creative energy, try your hand at some artistic activities! From painting, crocheting, and pottery to drawing and photography, the options are endless. Join art groups, improv classes, go on trips to museums, and meet people who are just as creative and inspired as you!

And if you’re worried that you may not be artistically inclined, Painting with a Twist is a great introduction into the world of creative arts! You don’t have to be a Picasso or Van Gough to create your own stunning work of art. Simply join an event near you, and we’ll provide the instructions, supplies, and social atmosphere you need to try your hand at this amazing interactive hobby!

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Get Out and Volunteer

One of the best ways to meet new people who share similar principles and passions as you is by finding volunteer opportunities that you believe in. Whether you have a strong affinity for taking care of elders in nursing homes or feeding children in need, there’s likely a cause you can get behind. Doing good for others has many benefits, including making new friends and learning new skills. So why not choose a cause you’re passionate about, and turn it into a social hobby this spring?

Mix and Mingle at Painting with a Twist

Painting with a Twist is a great place to mix and mingle! Not only can you create art and try your hand at a new, potential hobby, but you can also create lasting connections. Regardless of skill level, you’re sure to have a wonderful experience as you let your creativity shine and socialize with those around you. Join a Painting with a Twist event at your local studio, and make this social hobby one for the books!

Unless you live in a remote location far from the hustle and bustle of city lights, observing the stars can be a pretty tricky task. Why not create your own cosmic universe, instead? Put brush to canvas and bring the starry night sky into your very own living room with Painting with a Twist’s galaxy collection.

Girl’s Night

Book a private party or group event for a chance to try your hand at this painting of a galaxy. The Galactic Pour is a beautiful blend of cosmic inspiration and the not-so-subtle hint of our love for wine. Round up the crew for a girl’s night out, and enjoy a stellar evening of painting and sipping.

Grab your PJs, leave the car keys on the rack, and put your painting skills to the test with a Twist at Home Paint Kit. Galactic Queen, one of our Twist at Home paint options, speaks to feminine, ethereal nature. It’s sure to be a hit with your crew of astral royalty.

Date Night

Twilight Trees symbolizes devotion and connection. So, if you’re looking for date-night-out ideas, why not demonstrate the love you and your partner share with this romantic work of art? Pick a date, make a reservation, and learn how to paint a starry night sky for an amorous evening of artistic and cosmic alignment.

Or, you could set the universe aflame with affection by painting Blacklight Heart Galaxy, a piece that combines fiery romance with vibrant, passionate color. Collaborate on everything from canvas size to color schemes for the perfect couple’s set of cool galaxy paintings.

Family Time

The zoo, the movies, and the trampoline park were fun, but what’s next? Why not bring the kiddos to Painting with a Twist for a creative family day out? With Kid’s Galaxy, your little (or not so little) ones can bring their imagination to life as they play with color schemes and make this beginner galaxy painting their very own. You might even leave the studio with an inspired little Picasso on your hands! Who doesn’t love having an artist in the family?

Is corralling your kids into the car and off their devices like herding cats? Order Twist at Home Paint Kits for an indoor family paint night instead. Put out the snacks, turn off the screens, and enjoy quality family time as you follow step-by-step galaxy painting instructions for Midnight in Miami.

Whether you’re planning a romantic evening for you and your partner, trying to liven up girls night, or looking for unique family activities, Painting with a Twist’s galaxy collection has a little something for everyone. With our Take Home Paint Kits, private party options, and group painting events, creating your galaxy painting is just a few clicks away.

If you’re ready to bring the beauty of the universe just a little bit closer, join a galactic painting event at your nearest Painting with a Twist location, and take home your very own galaxy-themed painting today!

Snow day leaving you with winter blues and nothing to do? Sure, the fresh powder looks beautiful, but it also means going anywhere is probably out of the question! But you don’t have to let a little snow ruin your day. Maximize your snow day and help ward off cabin fever with these fun indoor activities for winter!

The 5 Best Things to Do When Snowed In

1. Cook or bake: use whatever you have in your home.

If you’re going to spend your winter day as a homebody, you might as well have something yummy to eat! Make your favorite soup (mmm, toasty!), baked dessert (nothing cozies up a space like the smell of freshly baked goodies), or branch out and try a new recipe. If you don’t have tons of groceries or specialty supplies on hand, check out SuperCook to find recipes that work with what you already have. Or, use something you have in plentiful supply — snow! — to make snow cream.

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2. Treat yourself to a spa day.

You can’t go anywhere, so you might as well indulge in some relaxing activities to do indoors in the winter. Make a DIY face mask using honey, yogurt, or even oats. Paint your nails, but take it up a notch with a homemade sugar scrub for your dry winter skin (let’s be real, we all have it). Treat yourself to a day of pampering from the comfort of home. You deserve it!

3. Make a dent in a book.

If you’re not up for creative activities to do while you’re stuck at home, opt for something easy. Pour yourself a glass of wine, grab a fluffy throw blanket, and curl up with a good book. Let yourself get lost in a storyline or nod off for a nap. We won’t judge you for a winter midday snooze!

4. Channel your inner child with puzzles and games.

When you think about fun indoor activities in winter, don’t forget about old-fashioned fun! Jigsaw puzzles are a relaxing indoor activity for an enjoyable day of solitude. Have roommates or friends who live close by? Grab a deck of cards or bust out a few board games and make memories together while the snow swirls outside.

5. Make your own custom cocktail.

Fancy night out? Not going to happen. Fancy night in? Coming right up! Find a recipe for a cocktail you’ve always wanted to try, or make up your own drink recipe. Start with your favorite wine or liquor, add a mixer, and experiment with different fruits or flavors to create a signature cocktail that’s all your own. Cheers to finding your new favorite indoor activity — and your new mixology skills!

Need Fun Activities to Do Indoors in Winter? Painting With a Twist Can Help!

The best indoor winter activities are easy, fun, and memorable. Why not check all of those boxes with a Twist at Home Paint Kit! If you’re tired of being stuck at home on cold winter days, transform your kitchen table into a studio fit for a pajama-loving Picasso.

Order your Twist at Home kit online, and pick up from your local studio or ask about shipping options. Sip and smile your way to an at-home masterpiece when you join a live virtual painting event with Painting with A Twist!

Are you having trouble getting everyone together for the holidays? Between inclement weather and holiday traffic, it can be difficult to expect everyone over for your holiday party. But that doesn’t mean you can’t share in the seasonal tradition of exchanging gifts! Virtual events are an awesome alternative to meeting in-person. Here are some great gift ideas that’ll be a hit at any holiday party!

How To Do A Virtual Gift Exchange

A virtual gift exchange is a wonderful way for your family, friends, and coworkers to enjoy time together, regardless of where they’re located. But before buying a single present, you’ll need to be sure you know how to do a virtual gift exchange, especially if you’ve never hosted one.

With a quick online search, you’ll find a number of free gift exchange sites that’ll help facilitate this process. These tools really simplify the name-swapping, and let participants create their own wish lists and personalized recommendations.

Chat with your fellow gifters and agree on a price limit for your swap, like $25 plus shipping to the recipient’s home. This creates an even playing field for everyone and eases any anxious feelings around how much to spend. Participants should wait to open their gifts until they’re with everyone at the virtual party — and don’t forget to try and guess who each present is from!

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15 gift ideas everyone will love

Thanks to the wish lists provided by gift exchange sites, you’ll definitely have some solid ideas about what to buy your recipient. But if you’d rather send them something a little unexpected, we’ve compiled a list of unique yet practical gifts that are sure to surprise and delight!

Gifts for Family Members

1. Essential oil diffuser

Diffusers are perfect for taking in soothing scents throughout the entire day. All your family members will need to do is add water and their favorite essential oil to create a spa-like atmosphere right in their own home.

2. Gourmet food items

The holidays are for indulging, and sending your family a variety of gourmet foods is one of the best ways to do exactly that. To stay on budget, send small jars that’ll let them sample a number of different spreads, dips, honey, nut butters, and so on.

3. Wood board painting

Painting with a Twist is all about helping you make something unique, like a giftable (and fully customizable) wood board painting. When you visit your local studio, a Painting with a Twist artist will guide you through creating a one-of-a-kind piece, sure to be cherished by whoever opens it at your virtual Christmas gift exchange.

Gifts for friends

1. Yoga mat

It’s safe to say 2020 has brought about some unexpected challenges and stressors for just about everyone. What better way to help a friend unwind and get grounded going into the new year than with a brand new yoga mat!

2. Candle

A candle isn’t the most out-of-the-box item on our list, which is why you should look for one that not only smells great but has a dual purpose once it’s burned. For example, there are plenty of candles whose containers can be cleaned to double as a drinking glass or a small planter. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive two gifts in one?

3. Slippers

With all the extra time we’re spending at home these days, ‘real’ shoes have almost become obsolete. Search for a pair of slippers with extra features like fleece lining or memory foam for the ultimate in warmth and comfort.

Gifts for coworkers

1. French press

A French press is the perfect gift for that coworker who needs caffeine to fuel their day. There are plenty of affordable styles to choose from, so if your budget allows for it, complete the gift with a bag of coffee beans, as well.

2. Stainless steel tumbler

Stainless steel tumblers maintain a consistent temperature better than most other materials, which means beverages stay hotter or colder for longer. Look for a size and style the recipient will want to take with them wherever they go.

3. Portable Bluetooth speaker

A portable speaker is a great companion while working from home, enjoying a day at the beach, and everything in between. Its compact size and ease of use means your coworker can jam to their favorite playlist from just about anywhere.

Gifts for white elephant

1. Wireless karaoke mic

What’s more fun than putting on a performance in your living room? After downloading a karaoke app, users can connect to the microphone via Bluetooth, and then it’s time to belt out their best tune. Despite its simple setup, this gift is guaranteed to provide hours of lighthearted entertainment.

2. Disposable camera

Add a little nostalgia to your virtual white elephant gift exchange with a cute disposable camera that’ll remind them of simpler times. The recipient can snap pics of their best holiday moments, or save the camera to take with them on a future trip.

3. Silly socks

A pair of silly socks is a sure way to put a smile on someone’s face! Whether it’s donuts, dinosaurs, or a pop culture print, this whimsical gift will offer a laugh and serve as a great talking point whenever they’re worn.

Gifts for anonymous exchange

1. Reusable shopping bags

Reusable bags are not only an easy step in being more sustainable, but they’re an inexpensive gift that’ll get regular use. Look for bags that’ll hold up to some wear and tear so they can go on any number of errands or excursions.

2. Painting with a Twist gift card

A gift card to Painting with a Twist is really an opportunity for an amazing night out, filled with tons of laughter and memorable moments. Give someone the chance to explore their creativity and take home an original artwork at the end of the evening!

3. Throw blanket

Throw blankets are truly multipurpose — they can wrap themselves up while reading a book, enjoying a Netflix marathon, or during a car ride on a cold day. Your best bet is to buy one in a neutral shade (like gray or cream) that’ll complement anyone’s home interior.

Wrap Up Your Gift List at Painting with a Twist

A thoughtful gift can go a long way, and few gifts are more engaging or rewarding than a new experience! With a Painting with a Twist gift card, recipients can choose from thousands of paintings and studios all over the country where they’re bound to make memories they’ll hold onto for years to come.

From interacting with friends to mindlessly browsing, we tend to spend a lot of time on social media. But sometimes, all that online engagement can leave you feeling a bit digitally fatigued. If you feel like it’s time to take a step back, check out these tips for putting down the device and taking a break from social media.

social detox

Make a realistic social media detox plan.

A goal without a plan is really nothing more than a wish. If you’re serious about your social media break, lay out exactly how it’s going to go. For example, first you should identify the platforms that you’re using the most. Then, decide exactly what you want to accomplish. Do you want to cut out social media completely? If so, for how long? Or would you rather set time limits and only use social media for x amount of time per day? Once you’ve decided what your social media break is going to look like, you can dive in.

Leave the devices in another room.

Let’s face it – if your cell phone (or tablet or laptop) is in arm’s reach, you’re probably going to scroll through social media solely out of habit. One easy way to avoid this is by simply relocating your devices! If you’re guilty of mechanically scrolling through your feeds at bedtime, leave your phone in the living room overnight. If you do most of your liking and sharing while eating breakfast, leave your phone in your bedroom and pick up a book instead. When it comes to taking a social media break, out of sight and out of mind is an excellent strategy.

Set a daily social media time limit.

When you start keeping brutally honest tabs of how much time you spend on social media, you might be shocked. It’s way too easy to open Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and accidentally zone out for an hour… or two or three. Eliminate this risk by setting strict time limits for your social media usage. If you’re confident in your willpower, you can go the old-fashioned route and simply set your phone timer to alert you when time’s up. If you need a stricter approach, download an app like Flipd or Freedom to set time limits and even lock the apps when the clock runs out.

Keep busy with no-wires-attached activities.

As you can imagine, it’s much easier to forget about social media when you’re happily distracted with other things. During your social media break, make it a point to try plenty of new, entertaining, and, most importantly, unplugged activities.

Plan an entire “No Electronics” day, and get busy. Take a fitness class, challenge your friends to a round of mini golf, or hone your culinary skills by experimenting with new recipes. During down time, replace screens with things like books and puzzles. When all else fails, just get outside and soak up the sunshine!

Another way to forget about your phone? Sign up for a painting event at Painting with a Twist, where you can sip, socialize, and embrace your creative side! One of our instructors will walk you through the creation of your masterpiece, so you can focus on the fun. The hardest part might just be resisting the urge to post your paint party creation all over social media!

Turn off those notifications (or delete the apps altogether).

It can be even harder to break the habit of checking your social media apps when pop-up notifications are continuously alerting you to comments, replies, retweets, and so on. After all, how can you just leave a notification sitting there unchecked? When it comes to kicking your social media or smartphone addiction, one of the most effective tips is turning off those alluring notifications or deleting the apps from your phone completely. Out of sight, out of mind!

Prioritize connecting with friends off social media.

While there are some negative aspects of social media, it does offer an easy and fast way to connect with friends near and far. But luckily, social media is far from your only option nowadays. Schedule a FaceTime call with your long-distance BFF or catch up with local friends over a coffee date or a long walk. Start wishing people happy birthday personally instead of through a comment or post. Instead of perusing Instagram, give your sibling a call. The more you connect with others outside of social media, the less importance it will hold.

Have an accountability buddy.

Sometimes, peer pressure can be used for good. Tell a friend you trust that you’re trying to cut down or stop using social media, and tell them to hold you to it. Once you verbalize your goals and let others in on the secret, you’ve added a whole new layer of accountability. Is posting that Facebook status or liking that photo really worth the, “What happened to taking a social media break…?” text you’ll get immediately after.

There’s inevitably going to be a big adjustment period as you get used to life without social media. But are you longing for friendly interaction after giving up screen time? Give those offline social skills some attention with a creative bonding experience, like a painting event at Painting with a Twist! You might even make some new friends #IRL (in real life)!

Getting together for birthdays can be tricky, especially when it means coordinating calendars with family or finding a time to meet up with your friends. For any number of reasons, birthday parties always seem more difficult to organize as we get older, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop celebrating altogether. If you or someone you know missed out on a birthday party this year, check out these ten ways to throw a belated birthday celebration to help get the party started!

Belated Birthday Party Ideas You’ll Love

Maybe commemorating your birthday on time isn’t an option, but don’t be afraid to host a belated celebration instead. If you’re struggling with ideas for what to do on your birthday, we’ve come up with ten ways for you to have the best belated bash ever!

1. Enjoy a picnic in the park.

Wherever you live, there’s probably a park close by that’d be a nice spot for your family and friends to gather together. If the park doesn’t have picnic tables, make sure to bring your own blankets or lawn chairs to lounge in. Treat yourself to a fancy charcuterie board, and sip on some fizzy drinks or sparkling wine while you’re at it. This is a great way to enhance the party’s ambience, allowing guests to graze and mingle without sitting down to a full meal.

2. Set up a backyard movie theater.

One of the greatest places to celebrate a birthday might be your own backyard! A backyard movie theater is an awesome belated birthday party idea to implement in the spring, summer, or fall. Ask around to see if anyone owns a projector you could borrow for the evening. If not, look into potential rentals or inexpensive options to purchase. Play a double feature that follows a theme (classics, comedies, musicals), or re-watch your most-loved flicks.

3. Host a progressive dinner or potluck.

A great way for guests to get involved with the party planning is to arrange a progressive dinner or group potluck. For a progressive dinner, choose homes of friends or family to host one leg of the meal (appetizer, salad or sides, main course, and dessert). With a potluck, you’ll all gather together in just one home, but each person can contribute their own dish. Create a signup sheet ahead of time so you don’t end up with all desserts and no dinner.

4. Go on a food truck crawl.

Does your city have a cool food truck community, but you’ve never paid them a visit? A belated birthday might be the perfect time for a taco crawl! Food trucks are likely most active on the weekends, but be sure to check online for their whereabouts. Choose a handful of trucks you’d like to try, and plan a route for your group to walk, bike, or carpool.

5. Throw a lawn game extravaganza.

A little friendly competition can make for a great belated birthday, so utilize your backyard or public park to set up your favorite lawn games. Consider playing classics like cornhole, ladder ball, bocce, or giant Jenga. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can purchase a piñata and fill it with treats or party favors guests can take home. Lawn games are an easy and inexpensive way to celebrate while keeping the party fun!

6. Get active or explore somewhere new.

Few things feel better than enjoying the great outdoors with the ones you love, so why not incorporate some fresh air into your birthday as well. Is there a new trail you’ve been wanting to hike or a local arboretum you’ve yet to explore? What about going horseback riding or floating down a nearby river? There are limitless ways to spend some time outside with your crew, so get creative with it!

7. Create a fantastic sundae bar.

What’s a birthday celebration without some ice cream? Supply a few staples like vanilla and chocolate to serve as the base, and then get as wild as you want with the topping selections — colorful sprinkles, caramel sauce, fresh fruits, the works! Form a line guests can follow to fill up their bowls, and have some light-hearted fun by offering everyone a verbal award like, ‘Craziest Use of Chocolate Chips’ or ‘Tallest Whipped Cream Sculpture.’

8. Book a private event at Painting with a Twist.

Booking a group painting party at Painting with a Twist allows you to pull off an amazing event everyone raves about without requiring a crazy amount of your time or energy. When you host a private party at your local studio, the team will handle all the details — so you can focus on your friends, family, and your amazing artwork. And while Painting with a Twist is one of the best places to celebrate adult birthdays, it’s truly something that can be enjoyed by all ages. Kids birthdays are always a hit, too!

birthday celebration

9. Bring on the backyard water games.

If your birthday lands during the summer months, take an opportunity to beat the heat and celebrate with some water games. Activities like sprinklers, water balloons, and baby pools are a chance to let loose, cool off, and inevitably laugh a whole lot. For those who want to go a little more extreme, look into renting an inflatable water slide for the ultimate backyard experience.

10. Take a day trip to a neighboring town.

Who says you have to stay put to celebrate? Take your belated birthday festivities on the road with a day trip to a neighboring city or small town. Use this as a chance to discover any number of hidden gems, like cute cafes, antique stores, historical landmarks, or other local goodies you happen to stumble upon. Head out with whoever wants to tag along, and make sure to take plenty of photos to remember the day.

Hopefully these birthday celebration ideas have made you excited to host a belated party of your own. Belated birthdays can offer just as much joy and enjoyment as celebrating on the actual day — all you need is a solid game plan and the company of your favorite people! Whether you watch movies in the backyard, try out a few new food trucks, or book a private event at Painting with a Twist, there are ample ways to throw the fabulous belated birthday you deserve!

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.

In a world where you’re always on the go, spending quality time at home every now and then can be nice. But when you’re stuck at home, all those creature comforts you cherish about your personal dwelling space don’t seem as nice. Especially when you don’t have a choice!

Whether you’re hunkering down to save money, avoid inclement weather, or you’re simply trying to establish some social distance, being stuck at home can make you feel trapped! Luckily, there are plenty of ways to stay creative and keep yourself inspired during your home isolation. Here are a few ideas for what to do when you’re stuck in the house all day.

Clean your house.

With daily life always getting in the way, your humble abode can get a little messy. And while the idea of cleaning your house doesn’t sound creative or inspiring, it can certainly help in your inspirational journey! For starters, you may find things you forgot you had, like painting supplies, musical equipment, or even an old pair of knitting needles from your crafty DIY phase. Second, it’s a great way to get organized and give yourself some room to breath. With all that clutter out of the way, you can really focus on doing you!

Do some gardening.

Sometimes, there’s nothing more rewarding than getting your hands dirty with a little gardening! Plant flowers or a vegetable patch. Get creative by adding in some pathways to traverse your garden as it grows. Once everything starts coming in full bloom, you’ll thank yourself for all the flowers, fruits, and veggies you worked so hard to cultivate. Nothing says fresh like produce picked straight from your yard! And if you don’t have a yard for a garden, try using some smaller raised beds on a patio or balcony!

Practice your craft.

Perhaps you used to be a wizard at Guitar Hero or you could really slay at drawing. If you feel like your busy on-the-go life has robbed you of your sweet skills, then it’s time to revisit them! Choose your most mentally productive time of day and set some time aside to practice your skill. By the end of your self-quarantine phase, your friends will think you’ve gone pro.

Connect with long-distance loved ones.

Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you have to be alone. In fact, it can be a great time to catch up with long-distance loved ones! With all kinds of online video chat options, there are plenty of ways to connect face-to-face. Check in on grandma, see how your old college roommate is doing, or say hey to your old friend from high school who lives six states away now. Take the time to ask them questions or get to know things about them that you didn’t know already. It could be some good inspirational fuel for yourself later!

Start a blog.

You have thoughts and feelings, so why not start a blog! Even if you don’t think of yourself as a skilled writer, starting a blog can still be a great release. Make yourself a fresh cup of tea or coffee, grab your keyboard, and fire away! Write about anything and everything you can think of, and over time, you may be impressed at your portfolio of blog pieces. Who knows, you may even unlock some hidden inspiration within yourself!

Challenge your culinary skills.

When you’re stuck at home, there’s almost no better pastime than eating food! So, why not take the most enjoyable activity to do while at home and amplify it! Watch a cooking tutorial on a new recipe you’ve never tried, use a new ingredient, or try a cuisine you’ve never cooked before. Just remember to have fun and be creative!

Take online classes.

The internet is a very big place, filled with many opportunities to learn. And many of those opportunities are free! No matter if you’re on a break from school or if it’s been a while since you’ve been in a classroom setting, it’s never too late to learn! Find a video on a topic that interests you, preferably one you can follow along with or take notes on. For a more in-depth learning experience try a subscription-based online class, such as Skillshare, Lynda, or Masterclass.

Express yourself through art.

Now is a great time to do something creative. Since we can’t be together to paint in our studio, we now have an option for you to Twist at Home! Simply purchase a Twist at Home kit online and a kit will be shipped directly to your doorstep! Our kit includes all the art supplies you need along with a step-by-step guide and video tutorial to complete your painting! We have adult and kid options so the whole family can enjoy a creative escape.

things to do at home

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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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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