4th of July Fun!

Carmel Fest4th of July Fun!

Are you looking for something fun to do on the 4th of July in Hamilton County that may inspire the entire family? CarmelFest may be exactly what your family needs to build some awesome memories and have a blast together!  This festival is one of our town’s annual events that draw thousands of people from all over central Indiana. Continue reading


Fun Arts & Crafts for the 4th of July

The 4th of July brings fun celebrations for families across the country. Families and friends get together to barbecue, watch fireworks,fireworks-flag and go to weekend celebrations in their hometown. This year in addition to these festivities, celebrate by making special memories together at a painting party. You can have your own private party to paint “Fireworks Flag,” “Flower Fireworks,” or any other painting from The Paint Cellar’s collection.
Need some quick food ideas? How about some 4th of July yogurt pops? Just fill some popsicle molds in layers, using strawberry, vanilla, and blueberry yogurt. Put them in the freezer for at least 4 hours before serving. You can mix some blueberries or strawberries into the yogurt before filling the molds to make them even yummier! For more fresh berry fun; use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out pieces of watermelon. Put one watermelon star onto a wooden kabob stick, then add blueberries, strawberries, and/or raspberries onto the stick. Use another watermelon star as the final piece on the end of the stick—they are pretty and taste great!
For a non-berry treat, melt some chocolate bark in a microwaveable dish. Stir it every once in a while so you will know when it is finished (and never melt it at full power.) Roll a large rod-shaped pretzel in the chocolate, and then roll the pretzel in 4th of July colored sprinkles. Let the pretzels set on wax or parchment paper in your freezer until the chocolate hardens. Then you can move them to your refrigerator until you are ready to serve them. As a refreshing drink you can mix: sprite or 7-Up, lemonade (regular or carbonated,) and your choice of berries. Blueberries, strawberries, and/or raspberries work well. If you want to make this an adult drink, use white wine instead of pop.
4thtableclothNow that you have the refreshments planned, how about decorations? For your table you can find cute wrapping paper to use as a table cover. It is less expensive than buying a fabric-4th of July patterned table cloth. Some patterns you might find include blue and white stripes, red and white stripes, or a solid colored background with stars. Have a little more time to work on your table cloth? Buy some blue and red streamers. Create a criss-cross pattern on your table by interweaving the different colored streamers. You can attach the streamers to a white plastic tablecloth before putting it on your table, or just lay out the streamers on your table using scotch tape to hold it down.

There are so many fun and creative food and decoration ideas on Pinterest. Take a look at our Pinterest site for pictures of these ideas and more. From all of us here at The Paint Cellar, we hope you have a fun and safe 4th of July!


Easter Time!

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin’ down the bunny trail, hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way… This is a great time of year to get together with family and friends. The hope of Easter and the joy of springtime are in the air. Ok, maybe not springtime yet here in Indianapolis where it still feels like winter. But it will be here soon!
4f70050327a9dd1de8df0a82dfa15494As you plan your festivities for Easter, think about hosting a painting party for your loved ones. It is such a unique experience and fun for adults and children. After you choose a work of art to create, you can do some food and decoration planning to create the perfect atmosphere for your party.
Do you love “peeps?” How about serving Peep S’Mores. Simply purchase Peeps in different colors, place ½ of a Hershey bar on top of a honey graham cracker, place a Peep onto the chocolate and smash the Peep down with a second graham cracker on top. But don’t cook the Peep in a campfire the way you do marshmallows for regular S’Mores, it just wouldn’t be pretty!

Getting Crafty on Indy Style

Fun Craft Ideas

Ashlie Duncan from The Paint Cellar has some fun craft you can do with your kids on Christmas eve or maybe after Christmas while they are still on vacation from school.
The Paint Cellar offers painting classes for adults and children.  In just two or three hours you can create a masterpiece to hang on your wall, or give as a gift to someone you love.  Their creative team members teach painting classes, and mixed media classes in the Indianapolis-area that are fun and engaging.  Spending time with friends at a painting party is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or evening! Continue reading

How To Plan A Holiday Paint Party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…Christmas Art Party!  The perfect invitation

Paint parties are so much fun! Many of the guests arrive believing that their painting will not turn out well at all but they come to have fun with friends. During the party everyone has fun talking, laughing, eating, drinking, and painting. Then at the very end of the party, everyone is excited about how beautiful each painting looks!

Tis the season to spend time with family and friends.  It is very easy to host a painting party.

  1. Talk to your friends and ask for a few dates and times that work for them
  2. Choose the location:  your own home or at our studio
  3. Call The Paint Cellar to arrange the date and time for your private party
  4. Confirm the date with your friends and tell them how to RSVP
  5. Plan food/drinks and decorations

Decorating for your party can be really quick and easy. Do you have martini glasses? Place a sprig of mistletoe or holly (real or plastic) on the table or buffet. Place an upside down martini glass over it. Then add a tea light or votive candle on top of the martini glass. You can spread these out throughout the room. Use a mixture of red, green, and white candles to match the rest of your Christmas decorations.  If you don’t like candles, place a martini glass on the table for each guest. Fill the glass with red and green M&M’s, red and green jelly beans, or any other candy you think your guests would like to snack on during the party. Add a red or green ribbon bow around the martini glass for added flare.

Candy canes have been part of Christmas décor for years.  Simply fill a transparent vase with them to add a splash of color wherever you need it. If you only have opaque vases, surround a vase entirely in candy canes. Use glue dots to help secure them on the vase, and then wrap a ribbon around the vase to finish the look. Fill the vase with festive, colorful flowers of your choice and use it as a centerpiece for your appetizer/dessert table.

Mmm, it is time to discuss food! I am not the best cook or baker in the world, or even in my neighborhood, so quick and easy works well for me.  Take a solid white or Christmas-theme platter that is large enough to create a tree lying down.  Arrange broccoli florets in the shape of a Christmas tree on the platter. One of the broccoli stems can be used to create the tree’s trunk. Surround the broccoli tree with cauliflower to fill the platter.  Add cherry tomatoes as ornaments in your tree. Slice a lemon and cut out a star shape from it to add to the top of your tree.  You can also make a Christmas tree using slices of sausage, cheese, and some crackers.

SANTA BROWNIE HATS - 1 pan of your favorite brownies, cooled and cut into desired size and shape (I used a round cutter)  12-16 small strawberries, cleaned and hulled  buttercreamWaiting for dessert? How about some Santa brownies?  Bake and cut brownies into squares. Spread white frosting or whip cream on top of the brownie. Place a hulled strawberry upside down on top of the whip cream, add a small dollop of whip cream or frosting on the tip of the strawberry to look like Santa’s hat. If you have read some of my previous posts, you know I have a ‘thing’ for marshmallows! Roll a large marshmallow in a very small amount of water, roll it through red sprinkles, and then place a straw through the marshmallow. Now you can carefully drink hot chocolate through your special  marshmallow straw.

For more decorating ideas, and recipes such as, Merry Berry Trifle and Easy Mini Pecan Tarts, check out our Pinterest site today!