Girls' Nights Out! Last month, my friend Christy and I put together an event at one of the local art shops: Pottery Painting. I wasn't particularly thrilled about the idea (painting is not my forte), but I was pleasantly surprised with how much fun it was.
The shop Christy found was actually pretty affordable. No studio or paint fee...you just chose an item to paint and paid for the item. They had everything from bowls and vases to dog dishes and piggy banks. I chose a small tea bag holder in the shape of a tea pot for a friend who loves to drink tea.
Choosing colors was kind of hard because they had so many different shades to choose from. I loved that they showed you how many coats of paint to layer in order to achieve your desired shade:
They also had all kinds of brushes, stencils, and sponges to choose from.
I went with a plain jane brush, but my friend Natalie decided on sponges and painted the heck out of a large fruit bowl. She is a real Georgia O'Keefe. Christy chose a really cool plate that you thread decorative ribbon through. I used to have one from Southern Living at Home, until T broke it.
I did a few layers of pale yellow paint on my teapot, and then free-handed some polka dots and a monogram.
The painting was actually kind of soothing and therapeutic, and it gave everyone a chance to sit down and really chat. When our pieces were finished, we sent them off to be fired. They'd be ready for pick-up another day.
If you have anything similar in your area, I highly recommend it, even if you think you aren't crafty. Christy kept saying that crafts aren't her thing, but her monogrammed ribbon plate turned out so nicely!
Grabbing dinner or coffee and dessert afterwards are the perfect way to round out this evening. Maybe slightly pricier than some of the events we've put together, simply because the pottery can be pricey...but definitely a lot of fun!
Have you attended or hosted a really fun Girls' Night Out lately?
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