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My sister got married last month, and we held her bachelorette party the week before her wedding. She wanted something simple and intimate with close family and friends. My niece and I set up the party with little budget, since I’m a young professional and my niece is just getting started in her career, as well. Here is how we hosted a sip and dip party that my sister LOVED with little money.
Luckily, my best friend is an artist, so she was able to help me with the painting portion of the party. Thank goodness because I was totally lost, since I haven’t painted since my mandatory art class in 9th grade. However, with the guidance of this article, you should be able to host a painting party completely on your own!
We chose this painting from Pinterest:
Before the party, our artist, Melanie, painted the picture for us to use as an example while we were painting. You definitely need a picture of the painting to use as a guide – a print out is fine. I would recommend making sure all painters can easily see the example picture while painting.
I went to Michael’s to buy the art supplies, and the total bill for the supplies came to $53.48 + tax. For this picture, I purchased the items listed below. I listed the price I paid for each item to give you an idea of what the supplies cost, but, of course, I cannot guarantee these prices will stay the same.
- Artist’s Loft® Necessities™ Super Value Canvas Pack, 11″ x 14″ – $19.99
- Artist’s Loft™ Fundamentals™ Acrylic Paints – only $5!!
- Artist’s Loft® Acrylic Paint, 4 oz. – I got these on sale for $2.50 each (reg. price $3.99) : Light blue, black, yellow, white.
- Craft Smart® Brush Assortment – only $5!!
- Necessities™ Brown Synthetic Flat & Round Brushes by Artist’s Loft® – $13.49
Some notes on our art supplies:
- The canvas value pack included 7 canvases. We only had 4 painters, so we had some left over for our next party.
- We used size 11″ x 14″ canvases, so if you want to use larger canvases, that’s going to cost more.
- We have lots of paint left – the only paint we’re running low on for our next party is a small tube of red.
- The brushes I bought are super cheap. Professional artists would probably never touch such cheap, low quality brushes. As hobbyists, we thought they were great for our purposes, and we were pleased with the cost savings.
Here are the results of our sip and dip:
As you can see, our artistic abilities differ, but we all had so much fun!! Part of the fun is seeing how different each painting turns out based on each artist’s ability and vision. We are all really excited for our next painting party, which will be sometime in August when we can all get together again.
1. BUFFALO CRESCENT RING
Recipe From: Pillsbury
When I was searching for recipes to make for our party, I found this delicious Pillsbury recipe. I love crescent rolls and figured I couldn’t go wrong with a recipe utilizing those tasty, buttery rolls. I changed the recipe a tiny bit and had a few pointers, so I included the recipe on a card below. The layout of the crescent roll dough may be a little confusing in the written instructions. We didn’t think to take pictures of our cooking process, so please refer to the Pillsbury website for pictures.
PRO TIP: You can use a sheet pan to make this recipe, but I have a baking stone my mom bought over 20 years ago from Pampered Chef. I highly recommend using a stone like this one. It makes baking the crescent ring so much easier. Here’s my pan:
Here is a similar baking stone currently offered at Pampered Chef, which has handles now! I think their price point of $35 is a great value, especially considering mine is over 20 years old and continues to work great for me!
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened*
- 1/4 cup hot sauce**
- 2 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken***
- 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese (4 ounces)
- 2 cans (8 ounces each) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
- 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a medium sized bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer.
- Add hot sauce, and beat on low speed (to prevent splattering sauce) to incorporate.
- Stir in chicken and Monterey Jack cheese until combined. I ended up using my hands for this, which made mixing so much easier.
- Unroll both cans crescent rolls, and lay out each triangle on your baking sheet or stone with the wide ends toward the middle of the pan.
- Spoon the filling evenly across the wide ends of dough. I used my hands for this, too, because I found it easier to control the even distribution of filling.
- Sprinkle blue cheese on top of the filling.
- Wrap the thin ends across the filling.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until dough is golden brown and thoroughly baked.
- Cool 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
- Serve with ranch and/or blue cheese dressing.
- *The original recipe called for 4 ounces cream cheese. However, we didn't want any cream cheese left over, so we added the full 8 ounce package.
- **We used Franks RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce. The original recipe called for 1/4 cup, but I added a little more, since we used the full pack of cream cheese.
- ***We used a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store deli, and I highly recommend doing this - it was so easy and yummy!
2. SPINACH DIP
Recipe Link: Knorr
You should try this recipe even if you don’t like spinach. So many people at my parties over the years have told me they hate spinach, but they still love this dip – honestly, you can’t tell the spinach is in there! I didn’t include the recipe in this post, since I always follow the original recipe to the letter. I will say that when I squeeze the spinach dry, I strain the spinach first with a fine mesh strainer. This recipe is actually on the back of the Knorr Vegetable recipe mix package (shown below), which can be found in the grocery store with the soup mixes.
3. STORE BOUGHT FRUIT TRAY WITH CREAM CHEESE DIP
I don’t usually like to buy cut fruit and vegetables from the grocery store, since my knife skills are really good. I think having someone else cut up my produce is a waste of money. However, my niece got a fruit tray from WalMart, and I was pleasantly surprised. Luckily, all the fruit was in season, so it was super yummy! I’m mentioning it here because I think can be a great idea to buy a convenience item or two for your party to make preparation easier.
4. GOURMET CHEESECAKES FROM MY COWORKER, JAY
Email him at here.
We got two cheesecakes for our little party – Peanut Butter with Chocolate and Tiramisu – because my sister and niece are crazy about peanut butter/ chocolate desserts, but I had already tried that flavor and wanted to try something new. Everyone was happy to sample both flavors, and we all loved them both. I can’t wait to order from him again for other occasions! As a matter of fact, I have planned the rest of my year based on his cheesecakes lol. I think I’ll get Margarita for another sip and dip party we’re planning for August, Caramel Apple for my birthday in October, Pumpkin for Thanksgiving, and another flavor for Christmas!! YOLO! 😉
5. SPIKED LEMONADE
Recipe From: MyRecipes.com
We loved this recipe so much I included it in my list of 10 Fruity Cocktails You Must Try This Summer. This drink was very popular at our party, and I read reviews that this is a common reaction to this cocktail. Drinkers and light drinkers alike all loved this drink. It’s the perfect refreshing, cool adult beverage for summer. Make sure you have plenty on hand at your next get-together!
- 2 cups lemon-flavored sparkling water or club soda, chilled*
- 1/2 cup citrus-flavored vodka, chilled
- 1/4 cup orange liquor
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (we used bottled)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Crushed ice
- Mix the vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and sugar well until the sugar dissolves.
- Add the sparkling water.
- Serve cold with crushed ice, and garnish with lemon slices, if desired.
PRO TIP 2: I don’t drink alcohol a whole lot and tend to drink the same drinks I know I will enjoy, since I don’t like a lot of alcoholic drinks. Therefore, I was a little lost at the liquor store, and I must have looked it! Luckily, a very nice store clerk there helped me pick out my alcohol for this recipe. She said I didn’t need to buy expensive liquors for this recipe, since this is a mixed drink. She was right, of course! I bought the cheapest lemon vodka and orange liqueur they had, and everyone loved it and didn’t notice at all! So save your money – you can buy cheap alcohol for this drink!
PRO TIP 3: If desired, you can put a sugar rim on the glass, as shown in the picture above.
I hope we have shown you it is possible to host a sip and dip party on your own for little $. What do you think? Have you ever hosted or attended a sip and dip? Did you have fun?