Picture Perfect Painting Parties



It’s the trend of the moment — places to party with a paintbrush in one hand and a drink in the other. The newest business to capitalize on this popularity is Pinot’s Palette, which opens this month at 5235 W. 116th Place in Leawood’s Park Place.

Pinot’s Palette is described as an upscale studio to “paint, drink and have fun.” Two- and three-hour interactive art classes are offered with patrons encouraged to bring their own wine, beer or cocktail along with snacks to enjoy.

Kelly Flowers, marketing director of Pinot’s Palette-Leawood, says plans are to have a soft opening April 5-6 and grand opening weekend April 11-13.

Pinot's Palette
Thirsty Palette
Grapes & Paints

“What sets us apart from other ‘paint and sip’ studios is we are an upscale destination that provides an atmosphere for a creative and different kind of night out,” Flowers says. “Each class should really be referred to as a ‘painting party,’ because that’s exactly what it is. We play energetic music, we have a wine/beer bar (customers can bring their own beverages as well), and our artists are not only instructors but entertainers. The Pinot’s Palette artists push themselves to set the industry standard by bringing in fun, fresh and creative paintings to the
calendar that customers would be proud to hang on the walls of their homes.”

Pinot’s Palette will have two separate rooms for painting parties — one for public classes and one for private parties, which allows it to always have public classes throughout the weekend rather than giving up the space for a private event.

“We also position ourselves as a place for date night, girls’ night out, birthdays, etc., for the adult demographic,” Flowers says. “We really want it to be a creative escape for our customers, and we’ll occasionally offer kids camps and ‘drop and shops’ for parents to drop their kids off for a painting party during the holiday shopping season. But ultimately, we want it to be a fun night filled with sipping good wine and painting works of art.”

Pinot’s Palette will join the local paint-and-sip scene with places like the Thirsty Palette and Grapes & Paints in Overland Park and the Hook Gallery in Kansas City, Mo.

The Thirsty Palette has become one of the area’s most talked about painting parties. Co-owner Jenny Ball says these studios are increasing in popularity because they are new and refreshing.

“They unleash creativity and talents that people never thought they had,” she says. “They are also perfect for every age group and gender. Small kids, teenagers, young adults, middle-age adults and seniors love to paint (and some love to drink). The diversity of its appeal encourages people to want to plan parties and events.”

Painting studios are perfect for birthday parties, bachelorette parties, girls’ night out, date nights and even as corporate team-building events, Ball says.

“We are having so much fun at the Thirsty Palette and are excited to continue to watch this concept grow in our area,” she says. “The best part about is that anyone can do it, and everyone is always happy with their final painting.”