Hostess Guide FAQ

How many people can I have at a painting party? Is there a minimum and maximum?

Our minimum for having a paint party is 5 people (including the hostess) and the maximum is 30. If you would like to have a larger party or event please email me with the details so we can discuss some ideas!

How much does a paint party cost?

This depends on the type of private party you choose. I charge per person. The average (and most common) adult class costs $30/person. As the hostess you receive the class for free when your party has at least 4 paying guests or more. The class fee includes one canvas for you to keep, and I will bring acrylic paint, brushes, painting supplies, table cloths to protect surfaces, aprons, tabletop easels, music, and instruction. If you have a custom project or event idea... please email me! I am flexible and we can discuss pricing for unique events. Adult Paint Party $30/person Teen Paint Party $20/person Kids Paint Party $15/person Young Kids Party (Art Experience) $10/person Wood Pallet Sign Party $20/person Location It is free to hold your private event at my art studio in Clara City! However, if you would like to hold a travel party where I bring the art supplies to you, there is an additional $25 set up fee. Any parties outside the local area (30 miles within the Willmar, Raymond,Clara City) will also need to pay a small mileage fee. You can read more about "Travel Parties" under that category of the FAQ.

How long does a class last?

Adult paint party classes usually last roughly between 2 and 2 1/2 hours. Kids and teen classes are usually shorter. Usually we will also take a short break to allow for the painting to dry between adding layers. While most of my paintings are easy to moderate, a few of my are more intense and will take longer, if this is the case it will be noted by the painting. Adult Paint Party 2 to 2-1/2 Hours Teen Paint Party 2 Hours Kids Paint Party 1-1/2 Hour Young Kids Party 1 Hour

Can I serve food or alcohol at my private party?

This is entirely up to you! I suggest light snacks and drink options such as soda, wine, slushies, or beer depending on your guests and the event. You are welcome to bring refreshments to Blue Ice Studio. If you would like a folding table for your refreshments please let me know in advance. We do have limited prepackaged snacks, drinks, and coffee available for purchase at the studio as well. Blue Ice Studio does not sell liquior and underage drinking is not permitted on Blue Ice Studio premises. The hostess is held liable for thier private party and any liquior consumption as it is considered a BYOB private party.

How should I dress?

Aprons will be provided to help protect clothing, but I would not wear anything that would be ruined by a few spots of paint. We will be using acrylic paints which DO stain... so leave nice clothing and purses at home. Painting can be messy! Blue Ice Studio is not responsible for any paint damages and stains.

How do my guests register and pay? Do they need to print their tickets?

Once we have confirmed your party details, I will send you a confirmation email. This email will contain a link with your party event page. Please share this link with your guests. Guests can pay and register for your party easily online by following the link. They can also find your party listed on my website's event page. You are encouraged to share the link via email, text, or by making a Facebook event page and inviting guests in this way! Feel free to include the studio and painting design if you choose to make an event page. Please ask your guests to register AT LEAST a week in advance. This allows me to ensure I have supplies on hand and gives me an accurate guest count. While I can sometimes accept last minute painters... please call me immediatly so I can do my best to accomadate them. I CANNOT gaurentee painters a spot at your party if they do not register at least a week in advance due to unpredictable scarcity of art supplies due to the pandemic. Your guests do not need to print their tickets for private parties... I will have a list of registered names available.

What if I have someone that wants to attend last minute? Can they pay at the party?

Great! Please call 320-441-8742 to confirm this with me as soon as you can. This will ensure that I can bring the right number of canvases and supplies. I highly encourage guests to RSVP and pay online at least 1 week before the party date, but I will do my best to accommodate last minute guests. Guests can pay with credit card, local check, or cash at the party, but again.... online payments in advance are best to gaurentee guests a spot and supplies!

What if a guest needs to cancel their RSVP? What is your cancellation policy?

I have a 48 hour cancellation policy. If a guest needs to cancel their reservation, the guest must email me at 48 hours before the party to receive a full refund. I cannot refund money for guests who do not follow the cancellation policy due to the prepurchase of supplies and canvases. If a guest is unable to attend and follow the 48 hour policy, they can instead transfer their ticket for the night to another person to attend in their place. Please let me know in advance. In the rare event that I need to cancel the party due to illness, bad weather, etc. I will let the hostess know as soon as I am able. This happens very rarley, and I do make every attempt to make parties happen as planned! Money will be refunded to all guests or another party date will be planned.

Can you teach two paintings at one party?

Unfortunately, I am only able to teach one painting design per paint party. I want to ensure painters my full attention. If you wish to "do your own painting" design... I will do my best to help you and give you advice when I can!

Do I have to follow the painting being taught?

Absolutely not! Your painting is your own personal masterpiece! I will provide step by step directions and techniques to recreate the painting that you select for your party, but guests are encouraged to make it their own by adding creative and unique twists. Change the colors or the design... it is all up to you. I am there to offer advice and insight every step of the way. For the extremely brave.... create your own painting idea! It is all about having a great time!

Can you bring the party to me? Do you travel?

While I prefer to hold private parties at my location in Clara City, MN for the full art studio experience, I do travel parties as well. For every travel party, there will be an extra $25 fee for set up. If your party is in our local are, anywhere within 30 miles of the Willmar, Raymond, Clara City, MN, there is no mileage fee. For parties further than the local area, I do charge mileage as well. Hostesses are also responsible for providing table space for each painter, chairs, a water source, and adequete lighting. A long six foot folding table can comfortably fit 4-6 painters and a square folding table can fit 2. Hostesses have used their homes, heated garages, churches, work places or resturants/ bars. It is the hostess's responsiblity to set up the situation for location rentals. While I take precautions, Blue Ice Studio is not responsible for any paint damages or stains to the location.

What if I have my own painting design in mind for the party?

I would love to hear your ideas and custom design a painting for your party! Please email me any ideas or inspirations you have found. I have done custom paintings for many classes. At certain times of the year, I do get very busy. Please allow a month or more for custom painting designs.

How do I book you for a different kind of event?

I am very flexible... if a traditional paint party doesn't quite fit your event... please email me so we can discuss some ideas! I have done summer art classes for kids, craft shows, make & take projects, wine glass painting, henna tattoos, city celebration make and take projects, migrant summer school lessons, and art demos.