This post is written in partnership with Plaid Crafts. All Opinions are 100% mine! Create special memories by joining this fun Paint With Plaid Night. These tips will help provide a Successful Family Paint Party!
The past few months I’ve been very aware of how much older my kids are getting. My oldest will be 10 in a few days and we are starting to come out of that difficult part of life where we are running kids to the bathroom. It’s not easier by any means… just different. The kids are more independent and I just feel a different stage of life coming on. A goal of mine for this coming year is to start incorporating our kids into more activities with us. We tried something new this month with our friends at Plaid – A Family Paint Party to kick things off!
Every month Plaid hosts a Facebook Live where they teach you to paint a certain piece of art. You can find an archive of all their previous events here and rewatch all the videos if you want to catch up with everything they have done.
If you’re anything like me you are thinking… “I can’t paint”. But guys… I can barely draw a stick figure. I got to experience my first paint night earlier this year when we visited the Plaid headquarters and I was actually able to paint this adorable cactus. I couldn’t believe that mine turned out just as good as the wonderful lady teaching the paint night! It’s crazy how when it’s broken down for you into simple steps, you can actually create art!! Let’s talk about how to make this happen!
How to Have a Successful Family Paint Party
Step 1: Prepare the kids
If you don’t have kids participating then you can skip this part, but if you do it’s important to give them an idea of how the family paint party will go. We decided to have pizza during our paint party and that was a little crazy, although doable. We sat our kids down and let them know that we would be watching the teacher live on Facebook while she shows us how to paint and that we wouldn’t be able to stop and pause. But that’s OK! Because you can always go back and re watch it. However, with that said, my almost 10 year old and 7 year old were able to keep up pretty well. My 4 year old did need some help from daddy though! It’s just important that they know it’s totally ok to work at their own pace and that as soon as the video is over you can rewind to wherever you want to be!
Step 2: Prepare the Supplies
Having all the supplies prepared ahead of time is very helpful. Open all the packages so that you are ready to do whatever they are doing in the video! It does move a little fast, so this just helps you stay up to speed! Plaid gives a full list of all the supplies you will need for each paint party, and usually have a coordinating discount code to go with it! I actually have a discount code for Plaid now through December 31st to receive 25% off your order over $25. *Full details at the bottom of this post. Use Code: CHERISHEDBLISS.
Step 3: Paint Your Heart Out
Have fun painting. This is the best part, it’s where you get to start painting, watch your kids paint and laugh at all the little mistakes! If you get a little behind, don’t worry… remember you can always replay it! Here is a video below for their most recent Paint with Plaid Event!
Step 4: Enjoy Your New Art
Find a fun place to display your new art!
I love seeing how everyone’s turned out so differently! Overall this is a fantastic way to learn the basics of painting in a fun, affordable way. Most painting nights outside the home require a cover charge, but all you need here is your supplies. The best part is… those supplies can be reused for future projects!
And like I said there is a new Paint with Plaid every month so you can do something new each month and watch your skills grow!
Be sure to follow along with Plaid on Facebook to stay up to date with all their new events so you don’t miss out on this fun family activity!!