As soon as the holidays are over, retail wastes no time before jumping into Valentine's Day. And when they start coming out with those pink and red displays, we roll our eyes a little. At most, we'll pick up some treats for ourselves, but no way do we think about making plans.

However, these guys may be onto something because, love it or hate it, Valentine's Day sure likes to sneak upon us. And grabbing a box of chocolates on our way home from work…well, it's a habit we're trying to quit.

Perhaps you've looked into date night ideas already. Maybe you haven't given Valentine's Day a second thought. But we guarantee that every guide you pull up will mention couples' paint and sip parties when you do. And as the original Paint Nite®, we very much heart the idea.

So, if you're unfamiliar with them or uncertain whether they're for you, we're here to spill all the tea. Because we may be biased, but we think they're pretty great!

What Is a Paint and Sip Party?

Completed painting at couples Paint Nite in a bar

There's a paint and sip party, and then there's Paint Nite. Both involve a step-by-step painting tutorial and painting techniques to create a beautiful piece of art. Both involve drinking (traditionally wine). But only Paint Nite works with local bars and restaurants and has original Valentine's Day painting ideas submitted by its artists.

We also have three ways for you to experience our sip and paint parties: in-person, virtual (live), and on-demand (pre-recorded).

The aim of the game here is to:

  • Get out
  • Try something new
  • Have fun
  • Spend quality time with your special someone
  • Make memories

In a sense, you can make these Valentine's Day events your own. We don't think of them as painting classes, but that's not to say you won't learn anything—you will! Whether you want to focus and impress your date or fool around and have some flirtatious fun, both are totally doable and sure to be a great time.

What To Expect at a Valentine's Painting Date Night?

You can expect a lively and entertaining evening filled with creativity, laughter, and oh-so-much fun. An experienced artist will lead the way, so even if you've never picked up a paintbrush, you'll have a masterpiece in no time…well, that's the plan!

Bring your sense of humor and creativity, and leave your worries at the door. All your art supplies are on us, from canvas to paint. And the cherry on top? You'll be walking away with a memento of all your romantic fun.

I Love You To The Moon and Back Paint Nite painting

But Don't We Need To Be Good at Painting or Something?

Hell no! This is an easy step-by-step canvas painting party. You heard us right—this isn't a class. It's a party. And no painting experience is needed.

Our goal is for you to leave cheesing from ear to ear, closer to the person you come with. And sure, have something on your canvas, but that's totally up to you! It doesn't even have to be the design we're sharing. If you've got your own Valentine's day sip and paint ideas but want to join us for the atmosphere, that's fine by us!

Is Paint Nite for Me, and Will My S.O. Like It?

Couple with their finished Paint Nite paintings
  1. Do you enjoy trying new things?
  2. Don't take yourself too seriously?
  3. Want to spice things up in your relationship?

Then Paint Nite might just be your perfect date night! And mark our words: you'll be back for another one of our crafts or activities ;)

Are Paint Parties Good for a First Valentine's?

Couple having fun at a Valentine's Day paint and sip event

A painting date is perfect for new romances and Valentine's celebrations. Here's why:

  • No awkward silences—conversations are almost handed to you.
  • There's something to break up the eye contact.
  • They help you let your guard down.
  • There's food and drink to help you relax.
  • You will laugh. A LOT.

Is a Couple's Paint and Sip Romantic?

Marriage proposal at a PaintNight.com sip and paint party

It's as romantic as you want it to be. We have a variety of Valentine's paintings and non-Valentine's paintings for you to choose from.

Now, if you're looking for cool couples painting ideas, you've got to try our couples canvas paintings. You'll each paint half a design on separate canvases, and in the words of the Spice Girls, two become one.

Paint Nite partner painting with trees hanging on wall

Can I Do A Sip and Paint Date Night At Home?

Prefer to do it at home (wink, wink)? Sign up for a virtual or on-demand sip and paint party, so you and your Valentine don't have to leave the house.

Get in the drinks, snacks, music…and you've got yourself one fun-filled night. Whether you have the camera on or off is up to you!

Perks of a Paint Nite At Home

  1. More intimate: No crowds = no boundaries!
  2. Convenience: No need to travel
  3. Personalization: Pick your own food and music
  4. Cost-effective: Tickets, food and drink are less
Couple smiling at paint and sip date at home

What Do I Need for a Paint Date?

In-Venue

If you're heading to an in-person event, the only thing you need to cover is your ticket, then food and drinks from the venue. You'll find all the painting supplies you need at the event, including aprons.

At Home

For a virtual Paint Nite, you can paint on and paint with anything you like—it doesn't have to be a canvas or the colors we're using. We've had people paint doors and all kinds of shenanigans!

But if you do want to stick with the same materials as us, here's what you'll need for your Valentine's Day art project:

  • Canvas (we'll be using a 16x20)
  • Acrylic paints: Blue, yellow, black, red, and white
  • Paintbrushes: Large, medium, small, and preferably a flat brush
  • Paint palette (a paper plate, recycled cardboard, or plastic work)
  • Cup of water in something you can wash/dispose of at the end
  • Protective apron or old t-shirt to keep your favorite outfits fresh

Don't want the hassle of searching for your own supplies? We've got you, boo...

Complete Couple's Painting Kits

Complete paint kit for an at-home paint and sip party

Get everything you need to create your own art studio in one place with PaintNite.com's complete paint kits. You can also pick up the ultimate couples Paint Nite kit, which has all your supplies and two virtual event passes too!

What do you wear on a painting date?

When it comes to dressing for a painting date, the rule of thumb is comfort and protection.

Grab something cozy and stylish but not quite your red carpet-look. Trust us, you don't want to ruin your favorite threads!

And if you're painting from home, don't forget to cover up with a trusty apron or an old t-shirt. We don't want to add any new stains to your wardrobe.

Couples' Paint Date Ideas

Couple showing off finished painting | cool paint and sip ideas

If you ask us, the cutest Valentine's Day sip and paint ideas are our partner paintings (you know, the Spice Girls one from earlier).

Right now, we have a variety of easy Valentine's Day paintings on our calendar—both romantic and otherwise.

You can find…

  • Heart art
  • Flowers
  • Love birds
  • Sunset landscapes
  • Beach scenes
  • Nature

…and many more beautiful painting ideas to help you celebrate Valentine's Day.

Are Private Valentine's Day Parties A Thing?

Absolutely! We do everything, whether you want a private Valentine's Day celebration with friends or a work team-building event.

Just hit up your favorite host or contact our Private Events Team at Yaymaker. They'll help you with Valentine's painting ideas, Valentine's Day crafts, add-ons…the works!

Ready to start planning your Valentine's paint date? Head to our calendar for virtual paint and sips or paint parties near you.