Use our handy party planning checklist to help make sure that your party runs smoothly so you can enjoy yourself as much as possible.

3-4 weeks before: 

  • Set a date for the party and send invitations. Ask for R.S.V.P.s so you know how many guests will attend and what supplies will need for your event.

  • Choose the painting design or craft project that you and your guests will complete.

  • Book your party on-line and use the secure payment option.


1 week before: 

  • Plan your menu. Keep it simple by including make-ahead dishes if possible, and make large batches of cocktails or serve bottles of wine for beverages. 

  • Order any themed decorations you want such as plates, napkins, tablecloths, and banners.

  • Come up with a music playlist, coordinating the music with the theme of the party if possible. Make sure you play it at a level that doesn't hinder conversation once the festivities get rolling.

  • Give the house a good cleaning!


2-3 days before: 

  • Create a detailed shopping list for food and drinks.

  • Arrange furniture so that each guest has enough room for his or her easel and or craft supplies.

  • Check your lighting. Make sure guests will be able to see to paint, blend colors and complete craft projects properly.

  • Cover floors with drop cloths so you don't have to worry about paint spills or let us know if you need us to bring them.

  • Outdoor parties are also an option if you enjoy the sunshine or have a covered area.


The day before: 

  • Shop for food and beverages. Don't forget the ice!

  • Buy flowers to help decorate.

  • Do as much prep cooking as possible.

  • Do cleaning touch-ups as needed.


1 hour before: 

  • Empty the dishwasher or trash bins so it's ready to fill quickly and easily with dirty dishes from the party.

  • Change into your party clothes.

  • Lower the thermostat so guests stay comfortable after everyone arrives.

  • Instructor will arrive within this time to set up for the event in the area you have selected.


30 minutes before: 

  • Review the painting/crafts area, make sure it is ready.

  • Light candles and turn on the music.

  • Relax! Get ready to have some fun.


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