Winter Girls Night Out with Social Artworking
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Winter Girls Night Out with Social Artworking. So, if you follow my blog even a little bit, you know how important I think it is to get together with your tribe and have time away from spouses and kids. I have a few groups of friends I try to get together with several times a year, sometimes more, sometimes, regrettably, less…but one of our favorite Girls Nights Out, is actually, IN! We get together at my husband’s office after hours and host a Social Artworking Party! I’ve hosted a few, and I can tell you we always, always have.so.much.fun!
Social Artworking makes hosting a painting party so, so simple. You can choose to self host and have all the products you need sent straight to you, like I do, or, you can find a consultant near you. Since I love hosting parties and guests, but, often struggle with different activity ideas that will easily accommodate all of my guests, this is perfect. ANYONE can be an artist, and EVERYONE can enjoy this party!
My husband and I run his financial advisory firm during the day (I blog while he sees clients…) but, at night, it becomes a glorious space with no children or spouses! We keep the kitchenette fully stocked, and the office is more than large enough to host a large party! Typically, I set up our parties in the break room of the office, this way, I can close the door if our party runs too late and I don’t clean it all up right away. The decor in the break room is neutral, so I can easily make it work with any theme.
The theme of this party was Baby It’s Cold Outside. We all agreed we liked the new design a lot. I wanted to keep everything at the party kind of simple, as it was just after Thanksgiving week and I was spent from a week wrestling with the “bored” boys and hosting a large family dinner.
I used Ikea shadow box frames for the backdrop and filled them with snow. I lined them all up right next to each other, and added several red ornaments on the ledge for a pop of color. On the front of the table, I used a string of battery operated snow flake lights as bunting. I added more ornaments and a frosted Christmas tree to the table around the food trays. Next to the food table, I had a smaller side table with peppermints and Caramel Creams for snacking on or to add to the hot cocoa.
The food was easy…I pre-made mac and cheese bites, single serve cheese cakes, and snowflake shaped marshmallows. I made popcorn the day of the party, and I bought pinwheel sandwiches and donut holes. I had cute little food tent labels for all the foods too. I also brought up some alcoholic beverages for boozy snow cones. Nostalgia Electrics sent me the most amazing snow cone cart EVER, and we made the BEST boozy snow cones. I will be using this cart like crazy for the next few parties (at least) so be sure to keep an eye out for syrup recipes.
Across the room I set up a large folding table and chairs. I used inexpensive red wrapping paper to line the table and protect it from spills and paint drippings. At each chair, I set up the easels, canvases, and paintbrushes provided in the kit. I hung a candy cane on everyone’s canvas too. Heavy mugs are perfect for holding water to clean the brushes. Paint bottles and paper plates were placed in the middle of the table for easy access too.
The suggested time for painting this project was about two hours, we were at the office for nearly 5, because we were just having too much fun. After (almost) everyone finished painting (my sister is a little more detail oriented with her painting projects, and takes her time) we did a favorite things gift exchange. I LOVE doing this at our GNO parties. Everyone brought one of their favorite things valued at $5 for each guest. I supply the gift bags for everything. We all left with several new holiday candles, chapstick, Udderly Smooth Lotion, picture frames, candies, nail polish, bath bombs, and memories of a great night spent recharging our batteries and having fun! It’s amazing what a little time away from the hustle and bustle can do for your soul.