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I have a cheesy new obsession that actually makes me feel like a crafty person. So much so that I’ve forced my mom to do this activity with me twice now, and she doesn’t have an artistic bone in her body, and even HER crafts looked amazing. That’s how I know you can do this. Yes, you. Even those of you who don’t think you can “draw a straight line” or “draw a circle”. You’ve got this, believe me.
So what is this new craft I’m talking about? Painting glasses. I’ve specifically been painting wine glasses because I love a stemmed cup of iced coffee during Christmas, but also because they make really great gifts.
I came up with the idea to paint my own wine glasses while Kyle and I were staying with my best friend in Orlando when Pop passed away. Nicole let me stay there on and off, coming and going as I pleased for three weeks. I wanted to get something as a thank-you for her, but I wasn’t sure what. Fortunately for me, she broke her favorite hand-painted, fancy wine glass while I was there and I realized, “Dude, I could totally do that!” and so I did. I LOVED the way they turned out so I wound up painting more a couple nights later, and then thought that a wine glass painting party would be a really fun substitution for the annual cookie exchange I used to have.
Putting a quaint party for you and your closest friends is really simple. Pick a date that works for you and your buds, send out invitations – an Evite works really well these days, pick up some simple supplies at Walmart, and wait for your frienldlies to arrive. Throwing a festive fête doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate. The truth of the matter is, people aren’t going to remember your decor or your caviar-crusted, gold-plated truffles. What they are going to remember is what they come away with, the emotional takeaway and sometimes an actual takeaway. I don’t know about you, but the best parties are the ones spent laughing until eggnog comes out your nose with friends and family at your side. They don’t need artificial DIY snow, or fancy and elaborate table spreads, they simply need some comfort and cheer and something fun to take home to remind you of the good times.
Walmart has some inexpensive glasses, but you could always ask your friends to bring their own glasses to paint if you’re on a tight budget. You should provide some finger foods, something to wet their whistles, the acrylic paint and paintbrushes for the craft, and this handy dandy template that will make painting glasses a breeze, even for the artistically challenged.
For a Christmas party, a simple Christmas ornament glass won’t take all night long and allows for just enough artistic ability that the creative minded don’t feel stifled and the artistically challenged don’t feel overwhelmed. I created this little printable for your party to help with the theme and idea for the glasses, kind of like one of those painting classes where everyone paints the same thing with their own artistic flair to it. CLICK THIS LINK to print the template you see below.
FIRST, wipe your glass off with rubbing alcohol and allow to dry, then cut the templates along the dotted lines and place one inside your glass.
Use the template to paint circles onto the glasses. I find that it sometimes needs 2-3 coats of paint to show up really well, but paint each circle, allowing those first circles to dry before putting another coat of paint on.
Once you have the circles painted, let your artistic flag fly and paint the inside of your ornaments.
Simple designs actually look stunning. Polka dots, chevron stripes, stars, or simple little snowflakes are all easy to do and look beautiful. You can use paint pens, but I find paint and paintbrushes better for a higher level of detail, it all depends on what you’re most comfortable with.
When the glasses are done being painted, send them home with your friends with instructions to cure them in the oven. You simply stick them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and stick them in a cold oven. Preheat the oven to 350* and immediately start a timer for 30 minutes. When the timer goes off, turn the oven off and leave the glasses in the oven to cool. I recommend hand washing for longevity.
One of my favorite parts of getting together with friends is talking, but the other is eating good, simple food, which is why I simply had an assortment of meats and cheeses out on the table for my guests to enjoy while they painted. I got this Cracker Barrel Cheese Tray in the meat and cheese section of Walmart. It’s already artfully arranged so I didn’t have to do anything fancy other than roll some hard salami up on another plate for people to eat. The cheese tray has four types of cheeses for all of your friends and their discerning palettes. Pepper Jack for your spicy friend, Cheddar Jack for your favorite two-faced friends, Asiago for your well-traveled friends, and Extra Sharp Cheddar for your All-American gal pals. You just really can’t go wrong with this spread.
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It really doesn’t get any easier than that for a good party, you guys. Just make sure you invite the right people, because that’s really the most important part. Do you prefer attending or hosting the holiday parties each year?