• If you are planning on staying indoors this weekend and looking for a creative and enjoyable way to spend quality time with your friends, why not host your own DIY sip and paint day?

    Combining the therapeutic joys of painting with a bottle of wine is the perfect winter weekend activity, especially with the gang. Here’s how you can host the perfect paint-and-sip party:

    Let’s get artsy

    Materials you’ll need:


    Purchase a variety of canvases in different sizes to accommodate various artistic preferences. Make sure to have at least one canvas per participant.

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    Paints and paintbrushes

    Acrylic paints are commonly used for sip and paint events due to their vibrant colours, quick drying time, and ease of use. Invest in a set of primary colours along with some additional shades to provide your friends with a wide range of options. Offer a variety of paintbrushes in different sizes to cater to various painting techniques and styles. Include flat brushes, round brushes, and fine detail brushes for versatility.

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    Palette or disposable plates

    Use a palette or provide disposable plates for mixing paints. Ensure that each participant has enough space to mix and blend colours comfortably.

    Mini easels

    Easels provide a convenient and adjustable platform for painting. Consider borrowing or renting easels if you don’t have enough for everyone, or provide a designated painting area for each participant.


    Painting can get messy, so it’s a good idea to have aprons or paint shirts available to protect clothing. Alternatively, you can provide old oversized shirts for participants to wear.

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    Water cups and paper towels

    Have water cups available for rinsing brushes and paper towels for drying them. Clean brushes are essential for achieving clean and precise brushstrokes.

    Mixing tools

    If you prefer using traditional palettes, provide them along with mixing tools like palette knives or disposable wooden stirrers. These tools facilitate colour blending and offer additional creative possibilities.

    Drinks and snacks

    Last but certainly not least, gather a selection of beverages and snacks to enhance the sip-and-paint experience. Wine, cocktails, or non-alcoholic options like flavoured water or mocktails can be enjoyed while painting.

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    Host your DIY sip and paint day

    • Send invitations – Create a fun and artistic invitation to set the tone for your event. Send them out with enough advance notice to allow your friends to clear their schedules.
    • Set up the painting area – Arrange the painting area with easels, canvases, paints, brushes, and other materials. Ensure each participant has enough space to comfortably paint.
    • Create a relaxing ambience – Set the mood with some soft background music that will allow everyone to immerse themselves in their creative flow. Dim the lights or use candles for a cozy atmosphere. Since we are experiencing some clothes weather, have blankets around or a flaming fire going to warm the room
    • Sip, paint, and enjoy – Once everything is set up, let the creativity flow! Sip your favourite drinks, engage in conversations, and enjoy the artistic process together.

    At the end of the session, encourage everyone to share their artwork. Create a gallery space where participants can display their creations, and take a moment to appreciate each other’s artistic efforts.

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    Hosting a DIY sip and paint day with friends is a fantastic way to tap into your creativity, bond with your loved ones, and create lasting memories. This is a great idea for a small group kids party as well. By providing the right materials and setting the stage for a relaxed and enjoyable environment, you can ensure that everyone has a fantastic time unleashing their inner artist.

    So, gather your friends, uncork the creativity, and let the paintbrushes work their magic. Cheers to an unforgettable sip and paint experience!

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    The article was originally written and published by Amy Steenkamp for Woman&Home.