Sunday, January 24, 2016

Let's Visit The Paint Party Studio in Flemington, NJ!: A Jersey Momma Review

The Paint Party Studio in Flemington is my new happy place. Really! I consider myself a creative person, even artsy if you will, but I am not good with paint. I've never been good with a canvas, and it's not usually my first choice of medium when expressing my creativity. So I admit I was skeptical about attending a paint party. I'd seen photos of friends attending paint parties- all of them drinking wine, smiling, holding canvases of their work, but I had never gone to one myself.  And then along came Eileen of The Paint Party Studio in Flemington, and she graciously invited me to come visit her studio and try it out for myself. Skeptics, take note:  I had a blast!!! If you've ever wondered what a paint party is all about, let me fill you in.

What is The Paint Party Studio?

The Paint Party Studio is an awesome little place on Main Street in Flemington where you can gather with friends, co-workers, or kids for a creative, upbeat class taught by experienced artists (who guide you step by step).  They provide everything you need, and you can even bring your own snacks and wine.  Their motto is, 'fun art...not fine art!'  You don't need to be an artist to join in the fun, not even close!



The Paint Party Studio is a bright, colorful, inviting place.  It's conveniently located on Main Street in Flemington, and there is even a parking lot right behind it in case street parking stresses you out!  If you've never been to Flemington, well then I suggest you make a day of it!  There are so many restaurants, shops and historic buildings.  It's such a great town and personally very dear to my heart.


How Does The Paint Party Studio Work?

If you visit their website, you can look at their calendar of events and choose the class you want to attend. Classes vary and there are plenty of ways for you to express your creativity! Here's just a sample of some of their choices:

-Paint Your Pet
-Spring Heart
-Paris Sunrise
-Serene Lake
-Winter Cardinal
-Paint a Wine Glass
-Paint as Couples (each of you creates a canvas that joins together to form one painting!)


You can sign up for your class right online, or call them to make your reservation. Classes vary in price- sometimes there is a special night where classes are only $25. Others range from $35-$50, depending on what you choose to paint. Class times also vary to accommodate everyone- there are afternoon classes, evening classes, weekends and weeknights. Details for each class are listed online.


What is a Paint Party Studio Class Like?

I arrived for a 7pm class with a bag of treats in hand (wine, cheese, crackers, you name it!). I had invited some of my momma friends, and we gathered at a long table that was already set up for our arrival. We had chosen to paint the Paris Sunrise.

The canvas was already prepared for our arrival!

Eileen, the owner, came to greet us and show us where to hang our coats and grab our aprons. There was a corkscrew, cups and paper towels provided for our snacks, too! The people across from us had brought a pizza.  One of my friends brought a little cake.  Think of the possibilities here, people!


Our teacher, Mare, was awesome (*did we tell you that, Mare?  You were awesome! I'm not even sure if I had a chance to thank you, but you were an amazing teacher! Thanks for making our evening so special!).  She showed us step by step how to paint our canvas, what to do with our brushes, how much paint to use, when to use water, and even how to fix mistakes.  She walked around to assist us as needed, and so did Eileen.  They offered gentle suggestions and encouragement.  For someone who is not a huge fan of painting, I wasn't stressed at all.  It was fun, fairly basic, and relaxing.  I loved sitting with my momma friends and laughing.  It was so nice to just talk and eat and paint.  Such simple things!  Eileen and Mare were playing some of our favorite music, too, which helped get us in the spirit.

Instructor/Artist Mare, showin' us how it's done!

We were a table of seven, and we were seated next to and across from each other so we could chat and see each other's work as we painted.


There were break times provided, and the atmosphere was relaxed enough so that you could get up, walk around and experience a little bit of everything.  There was another table of ladies (and one gentleman!) in the room with us, and there was plenty of space for all of us.  Even though we all didn't know each other, it was fun to see the work that everyone in the room was doing.  I especially loved that even though we were all painting the same scene, each painting was a little bit different. We all had our own style or added our own little touches.  I thought that was so much fun to see.


The class was a little over two hours long, and when it was finished, we all took a group photo and got to take our paintings home.  I have to tell you, I was really proud of my work!  Upon seeing it at home, The Jersey Momma's Boy exclaimed, 'Mommy, it's awesome!!'  Isn't that all a momma needs to hear?


My Paris Sunrise, step by step to completion!

What Else Does The Paint Party Studio Offer?

The Paint Party Studio hosts birthday parties, corporate events, team building, fundraisers, girls' night out, couples' night and much  more!  Give them a call, check out their Facebook page, or visit their website for more information or to plan your own event.


A sampling of some of the gallery choices for a childrens' birthday party

Why Attend a Paint Party?

As parents, as adults, we give so much of ourselves to our kids and our families (and sometimes even to work or school).  We really do deserve time to ourselves (remember my article about Why Me Time is Important?).  The Paint Party Studio was such a fun way to spend time together.  It was affordable, close to home, inviting, and you got to bring something tangible home with you when the night was over!  How cool is that?  I can't stress enough how much I think you need to try it.  Seriously, do it right now.  Email your friends.  Text them, send them a link to the Paint Party Studio's calendar, and pick the design you all want to paint.  Then sign up.  It's that easy!!  Trust me, you won't be sorry.


Visit The Paint Party Studio at 61 Main Street in Flemington.  Check out their website here, or visit them on Facebook.  And tell them The Jersey Momma sent you!


**As a disclaimer, I have to say that I was offered a free class in exchange for my honest review, but as always, I would never recommend something to you that I totally didn't love.  That's not how I roll!  And on a side note, my friends all paid for their classes and they only had good things to say. 'I can't wait to go back!' were my friend Andi's exact words.  Me, too, girl!  Let's look at that calendar and plan our next outing!

18 comments:

  1. So jealous! This sounds and looks like so much fun!

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    1. It was a blast, Rebecca!! Come on down and visit! Thanks for reading! :)

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  2. I have been wanting to attend one of these events but I have been very intimidated. Thanks for the inside look, maybe I'll get brave now!

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    1. I felt the same way, meech! It's totally worth trying! Give it a shot!

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  3. We have similar places to the paint studio in Metro Detroit. I've always wanted to do this with a group of girlfriends!

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    1. Do it, Katie! It was more fun than I thought it would be!

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  4. That's Awesome! I'm sure there is something similar here in New England :)

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    1. I'm sure there is, Samantha! Thanks for visiting!

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  5. This looks like fun, but I'm such a terrible artist. LOL

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    1. I am so NOT a painter and I swear to you, this was way easier than it seems! Thanks for commenting, Stefanie!

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  6. These paint party nights are a hit but I can't enjoy them. I get so stressed out if my painting doesn't look good. I'm far too OCD for it. Maybe if I drink while doing it, I could it enjoy it some.

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    1. Wine and friends definitely help!! I usually get stressed over these kinds of things too, but I swear this was not stressful at all!

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  7. I REALLY want to do this! You did SUCH a beautiful job of your review. I REALLY want to go!!!

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    1. Aw, thank you, Alana!! I hope you try it out!

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  8. This looks like so much fun. I've been wanting to do one of these. I'm going to look locally for one.

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    1. Yay, Shann!! GIve it a try! Thanks for visiting! :)

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  9. This looks like so much fun! I'm going to check how far they are from my in Sussex county! I really want to try this!

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    1. I hope you do, Jennifer! It really was a blast. Thanks for stopping by!

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