I’m always looking for a good excuse for a girls night, and let me just tell you, if I saw this paint night hosted by the lovely Kari Rider, I would have my girls signed up in a hot second. But since Kari is just as sweet as they come, she’s giving us tips on how to recreate just such an evening in the comfort of your own home, cocktails included. Don’t you just love her?
Here at Kari Rider Events, we’re always on the hunt for an opportunity to gather the girls, and we found the perfect excuse jumping on the popular paint and wine night bandwagon. Naturally, we wanted to put our own twist on the night, so we ditched the bold colors and intense scenes of paint nights past, opting instead for a soft and cheery color scheme inspired by the night’s citrus painting. A few fun details—like gorgeous orange and blue blooms from Monterey Farms, jute welcome bags with hand-lettered place cards by Poppy and Scooter, and adorable DIY dip-dyed pillar candles—helped set the tone for a night of palette-sharpening fun (or at the very least palate-sharpening thanks to our signature sparkling citrus sangria!).
Here are five tips for recreating our paint and wine night at home
Choose a Simple Subject
You can find inspiration for your painting subject anywhere. Just remember, your guests are most likely all novice painters, so be careful to choose a subject that isn’t too involved. We chose this orange painting based on its simple design and manageable features.
Enlist a Professional
Even if your guests have some painting experience, it’s best to bring in an instructor to keep everyone on the same page and up to the same pace. Franchise paint night organizations aren’t your only option. For a truly unique experience, try contacting a local artist like we did.
Stick with a Theme
The theme for the evening will most likely stem from the painting subject you choose. Once we decided on the orange painting, we were able to weave that theme through the rest of the event’s details. We went with an orange and blue color scheme—which popped in the flower arrangements by Monteray Farms—served a sparkling citrus sangria as the signature drink, and DIYed Summer Citrus Potpourri Sachets for the welcome bags. To bring in a little more blue, we followed a simple, three-step dip-dyed candle tutorial from Martha Stewart.
Make it Personal
Personal touches go a long way in making guests feel extra special. The attendees of our paint night were greeted with hand-lettered place cards attached to small jute welcome bags and aprons adorned with the Kari Rider Events logo (both lettered by Poppy & Scooter). As an alternative, have a calligrapher letter each guest’s name on Joann Fabric’s twill aprons, or do it yourself if you have pretty handwriting.
Be sure to arrange your table setup so that everyone can easily see the instructor—angling the chairs toward the front of the room is an easy trick. Also, keep in mind this can be a messy event, so dress your tables accordingly. We used drop cloths for our table coverings—an affordable alternative to standard linens and one that fits perfectly with the paint night vibe. Since your guests will be sitting down for long periods of time, your menu also needs to be carefully planned. Gourmet by the Bay chose cold finger foods that paired well with the signature drink and sauvignon blanc at our paint night.
Photography: CJK Visuals | Event Design: Kari Rider Events | Florist: Monteray Farms | Catering: Gourmet By The Bay | Calligraphy: Poppy And Scooter | Apron: JoAnn Fabric | Dip-dyed Candles: Martha Stewart | Event Studio: Kari Rider Events | Instructor: Sarah Hutchison Focht | Invitation Design: Cara Smith Designs | Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents And Events | Welcome Bags: Paper Mart | Wine And Signature Drink: Hair O' The Dog