At Home Wine & Paint Date Night
Last year Jacob and I went to Montreal to visit his friends. We got very unlucky with the weather - it was pouring rain and temperatures barely above freezing for almost the whole duration of our trip (there were of course a couple of +20C degree days, but that's apparently just how spring works on the East Coast).
We braved the rain for the most part and still explored plenty, but on one exceptionally drab evening, we decided that enough was enough and we needed a quiet and warm night in. We found a whole cart full of art supplies in our Air BnB so we decided to have a little paint night date. We went out to get some canvases and a bottle of wine and this ended up being one of the best nights on our trip (and one of my favourite dates of all time)! It was so cozy with the rain outside, and we didn't have to worry about getting home after having a few glasses of wine, since we were already there! The whole date cost us under $20 and we were left with heartwarming souvenirs of that night in the form of two pretty random paintings.
Couple of weeks ago we decided to recreate that date. We are currently trying to save money and didn't feel like going out, so this seemed to be the perfect opportunity for a paint night. We decided to combine it with a charcuterie board dinner.
This is all we had to buy for our date:
- wine - $12
- cheese - $5
- crackers - $7 (these are my favourite)
- olives - $2
- prosciutto - $4
- canvasses - $4
We had some salami and cheese left over after Jacob's parents visited us the week before, so we had to buy only a couple of things. I have lots of painting supplies at home since I dabble in painting every once in a while, but if you don't have any supplies at home, dollar stores are a great place for inexpensive paint, brushes and canvases. They aren't the best quality, but it's not like your masterpiece will be hanging at The Met (or will it? never stop dreaming). Are you more into sketching? That works too! Basically any type of craft would be a fun idea for a date night. For example, for the last 2 years before Christmas, we would have a little craft night and make paper Christmas decorations. The same goes for carving pumpkins before Halloween (always accompanied by Hocus Pocus, followed by The Great Pumpkin). The point is to do something different other than just watch a movie. It doesn't have to be perfect, after all, you can just scrap it after the night is over. It's the process that makes it so special, not the result.
This also doesn't have to be reserved exclusively for a romantic date. This winter we had friends over, and while the boys played video games, the girls had a paint night. I think this could be a great ice-breaker for a party where not everyone knows each other well because the conversation is bound to spark once everyone starts sharing ideas.
PS: To help the creative juices flow I like to make a simple cocktail with a mix of any cheap white wine, zero calorie carbonated water (if I'm feeling wild, I'll have flavoured Sanpellegrino) and either frozen berries, a rosemary branch, or some mint leaves. I enjoy mixing and matching different flavors like orange+rosemary, lime+mint or frozen mixed berries (bonus: they cool down your drink without watering it down). It makes the bottle of wine last longer and feels fancier.