Face Painting and Prosecco Nights
Bit bored with kids’ parties? Enjoy helping people? Like some extra income? You could try throwing a ‘Face Paint and Prosecco’ evening for adults. A while ago I noticed the trend for night time cocktail and craft parties and crochet and chat nights, they seemed popular, a chance for people to get out the house, socialise and learn a new skill. If you’d like to have a go hosting your own face painting social this is what I learned;
1. You will probably get lots of initial interest with people tagging their friends, of course this doesn’t mean they will come, but something different is always exciting.
2. Consider partnering up with another business - I co-hosted with the venue owner who provided French canapes, I got the venue ‘free’ by trading for a few hours facepainting for her holiday club and we both marketed by advertising on our respective business sites.
3. Keep numbers small so that it’s a fun, relaxed evening with lots of hands-on help. We think of face painting as second nature but most people are pretty nervous even picking up a brush for the first time. Give lots of reassurance, praise and chance to practise. Take a wide selection of brushes and paints.
4. Use the best paints – no cheap stuff or lower quality, let them see how rainbow cakes and one-strokes work, give them a chance to use a double dipped flora brush, show them the delights of aurora in a glitter gun and give them time to practise on each other.
5. Don’t be afraid to charge a good amount. It was £50 a ticket for the Paint and Prosecco night which included 90 minutes of tutoring and hands-on painting, question and answers throughout re kit, paint etc, bottomless drinks and delicious canapes. Pretty amazing value in my opinion.
6. Remember to take lots of photos for your future marketing!
Face painting gives us so many opportunities. I love sharing my passion for art and face painting and there are so many things you can do - family afternoon workshops where adults and children learn alongside each other, school workshops (especially popular at the end of the summer term), one to one teaching, gore and sfx (see previous blogs for details). It’s a way of allowing people to create, relax and have fun and you can earn good money too.