Are you longing to host a gathering of friends and family in your home but are afraid it’ll end up being just another boring party? Maybe it’s time to consider taking a creative approach to entertaining. Art and wine nights have been popular staples of galleries, wineries, and other cultural venues for the past several years, and adventurous hosts are beginning to see their value as alternatives to traditional cocktail parties. If you’ve ever attended one, you already know they’re a fun, relaxing way to socialize. Creating art while sipping wine provides a natural icebreaker, and each guest will take away a memento of the evening they can display in their own homes.
Here are three tips designed to help you make the most of an art and wine night in your home.
Serve Finger Foods
Finger foods such as chicken strips, crackers and cheese, pigs-in-a-blanket, and apple slices are easy to prepare and won’t make a mess. Place them on your coffeetable and let your guests munch away. These also pair well with both red and white wine.
Serve a Variety of Beverages
Not everyone likes the same type of wine, so be sure to have plenty of both red and white options as well as several types of beer and cider. Don’t forget the non-alcoholic choices such as juice, sparkling water, chilled tea, and non-alcoholic cider for the designated drivers in your group and any of the under-21 crowd who may be on your guest list.
Protect Your Furniture and Floors
This type of entertainment is designed so that participants all have lasting souvenirs of the evening, but one permanent reminder you don’t need is paint stains on your furniture. Cover your table with an old, clean cotton sheet to keep any spillage from marring your table’s surface.
With just a little planning and preparation, you can host an art and wine evening that your guests will remember for years.