What's cool this year?
October 25, 2016 6:25 PM   Subscribe

Last year, for a fundraiser, my organization had a paint-and-wine night. It was very successful and we'd like to do it again, but we're wondering -- is paint-and-wine still a thing, or is it played out? Is there some other X-and-wine activity we should do? Or will paint-and-wine still be a draw?

Everyone I know who was into paint-and-wine last year is tired of it because they have too many paintings. What are the cool kids doing now?
posted by OrangeDisk to Society & Culture (12 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Some are doing paint and plant with mini terrariums
posted by rubster at 6:35 PM on October 25, 2016 [3 favorites]

Wine-and-terrariums seems popular around Madison, WI.
posted by teremala at 6:35 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]

Anything and wine will be popular. The painting/terrariums/whatever aren't the draw.
posted by kevinbelt at 6:36 PM on October 25, 2016 [7 favorites]

Here, it's "beer and nude figure drawing." And spelling bees.
posted by metasarah at 6:42 PM on October 25, 2016 [6 favorites]

Color Me Mine is similar, but you paint pottery, not a picture.
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza at 6:43 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]

Oh man, I am not a fan of paint-and-wine but would TOTALLY go for terrarium-and-wine.

*goes to check local listings for terrarium-and-wine nights*
posted by btfreek at 7:06 PM on October 25, 2016 [1 favorite]

Pottery and terrariums are better than painting, IMO. Those paintings usually end up being thrown out or hidden because they often end up being hideous.
posted by quince at 7:28 PM on October 25, 2016 [2 favorites]

I'm also told that people are still painting, except with coffee as the medium (wine's still the muse), so it's much more forgiving of varying skill levels. This town, good grief.
posted by teremala at 8:13 PM on October 25, 2016

I saw a charcoal drawing and beer night advertised at a beer pub. The charcoal drawings were nicer looking than the typical paintings. There's also holiday crafting nights.
posted by areaperson at 4:12 AM on October 26, 2016

Escape rooms.
We just did one and it was a blast. My daughter's company is doing it as part of their xmas party.
posted by Thorzdad at 4:56 AM on October 26, 2016 [4 favorites]

Scavenger hunts sound cliché, but also fun.

Most successful fund raiser I've known: a local small museum got local celebrities, artists, and supporters to volunteer to paint anything they wanted on, or otherwise decorated, a (provided) 8x8 inch canvas, following a theme -- every contribution had to include a heart (this was in Chapel Hill; lots of people ignored the theme and just did whatever they wanted).

The results were amazing; even if the individual work was only so-so, it was small and fun and people wanted it. Moreover, the impression of all of them together was really stunning.

The works were auctioned off at a dinner/silent auction and it was hugely successful.
posted by amtho at 6:26 AM on October 26, 2016 [2 favorites]

Weaving or Macrame with wine, tea, or coffee
posted by WeekendJen at 6:43 AM on October 26, 2016

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