When Connecticut Paint Parties started our company years back, all we did was canvas painting, paint parties. Shortly after, the paint night trend moved in a different direction, towards hand-painted wine glasses.
Most of the paint parties included lots of wine, so it was rather appropriate wine glasses became the next trend. The original title of these parties, called, “Paint Nights” eventually even started to be referred to as “Paint and Sips,” that’s how much wine played apart of these evenings. Anyhow, hand-painted wine glasses didn’t exactly catch on to be a bigger trend than the canvas paintings, but it was still a nice little break to do something different than painting canvases at every paint and sip party. To this day, Connecticut Paint Parties still offers wine glass painting. One positive of painting wine glasses is that they are small enough to instruct a few different designs at a party rather than just one, like at a traditional canvas paint party. Ironically, I am personally not thrilled about hand-painted wine glasses for a few reasons. The paint is very temperamental on the glass and there have been instances where is chips off down the road. I also think wine glasses are so elegant as is, and heavy painting on them doesn’t excite me aesthetically-but to each their own. For this reason, I thought wine glass etching might look better and decided to give it a go. To my delight, the wine glass etching was a successful, beautiful, unique offering. The first wine glass etching party was held at a local high-end restaurant/bar called Rooftop120 in Glastonbury, CT. It was in the middle of winter and the party guests etched snowflake designs on their glasses and they came our marvelously. The guests transferred snowflake designs of their choosing onto adhesive vinyl and cut out the design using an exacto knife. Then the stencil backing is removed and the stencil is placed and smoothed down onto the glass. The final step is to carefully brush etching cream onto the stenciled glass. Then wait 5-10 minutes, while you sip your drink of choice of course, and then wash off the cream and there you go! So, next time you want to hold a paint party but you are looking for something a little different, try wine glass painting, wine glass etching or the ultimate experience, wine glass etching and painting!
Update: Time to switch it up! As of 2022, we now offer glass “Ball” mason jar LED lanterns, paint and sip parties. The lanterns can be painted, etched or decoupaged. Email for more information! Pam@CTPaintParties.com