What happens when you attend a paint and sip party but are not one to drink alcohol? I know this has been a problem for me in the past because I can literally count on one hand how many drinks I would have in the run of a year!
A lot of people think they wouldn’t have any fun if they went to a paint and sip party, or any type of party for that matter, where everyone was drinking and they weren’t. But, you might be surprised at how much fun you can have without even having one drop of alcohol.
I never tell people that they should stay away from paint and sip parties if they don’t drink. They can still have fun and learn a few things about painting at the same time.
This post is for everyone who doesn’t drink, no matter what the reason, and who wants to be able to enjoy sip and paint parties.
How Can You Have Fun Without Drinking?
Most of us have been to at least one party where we weren’t drinking (in my case, many). I don’t know about you, but I have had loads of fun at parties without having anything to drink.
This is a chance to be able to socialize, and everyone is having a good time. If you don’t feel right without a drink in your hand but you don’t want to drink, grab a bottle of soda, water, or a cup of coffee or tea.
No one is going to give you a hard time just because you don’t want to drink. Sure, drinking is part of the experience, but the main point of this type of party is to learn how to create a painting.
What if Others Have Too Much to Drink?
Few things can annoy a sober person more than a drunk person. It’s not as if the person who has been drinking is completely able to control their actions if they have had too much, but it is still quite annoying.
The best advice I can give here is to try to ignore this person as best as you can. You may need to speak with the party host to see if they can either cut off the liquor supply to that person or even ask them to have a cup of coffee, something to eat, or even a short nap.
Offer to Be a Designated Driver
A good party host is going to make sure that their guests do not drink and drive. They want their loved ones to make it home, safe and sound.
You can be a good Samaritan and offer to be the designated driver. That way, you will be making sure that everyone not only gets to have a great time, but they will also be getting home safely.
Remember More of What You Learn
We’ve all had those nights where we drank too much and didn’t remember much about it the following day. This isn’t the best way to enjoy a paint and sip party.
For some people like myself, all it takes is one or two drinks to start feeling pretty good. After a few, trying to learn new skills is pretty much out of the question.
If you are not drinking, you will be able to focus on the painting techniques that are being taught. Not only that, you will actually remember them the next day!
Moral or Religious Reasons For Not Drinking
In some instances, someone who is invited to a paint and sip party may object to drinking alcohol based on moral or religious reasoning. This can be quite tricky for some party hosts who want to have all of their loved ones at the party but also don’t want to offend anyone.
Some people may simply not attend if they know that alcohol is going to be served at the paint and sip party. They don’t want to be around it nor do they want to see others drinking.
If this is the case, there are a couple of options for party hosts. They can thank them anyway and let them know they will be missed. Then, they may want to schedule an event where no alcohol is served so that guests can still enjoy the painting experience in a setting they feel comfortable in.
Conclusion: Bring a Bottle Anyway
Common courtesy dictates that when one is invited to a party at someone’s home, they bring a gift for the party host. Quite often, especially when it comes to paint and sip parties, this gift is a bottle of wine.
If you have been invited to a paint and sip party, find out what type of wine the host likes, and pick up a bottle. If you do not plan on attending the party, it is still a nice gesture on your part to give the host a bottle of wine to thank them for having invited you.
- How Much Wine Should You Drink in Sip and Paint Class?
- How to Deal With Guests Who Have Had Too Much to Drink
- Paint and sip guests age requirement
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Sari Green is a semi-professional artist and professional writer. She has been hosting paint & sip parties for the past couple of years, and truly enjoys helping other people to create their very own masterpieces. She loves to create, and you never know what she’s going to come up with next!