A few weekends ago, I hosted an Adult Coloring Party with a few friends and family. It was such a blast and a nice change of pace from “high energy” activities like happy hours at crowded restaurants, shopping or meeting at the bar. Post-baby, I’ve been all about zen and keeping things simple.
I think most new moms struggle with finding that balance between motherhood and keeping some parts of your pre-baby existence going strong. I think I found the perfect activity that gives you a good mix of social time AND relaxation. It’s also VERY easy on the budget and it won’t leave you bankrupt at the end of the night. If you’ve heard about the coloring craze and have been wanting to try it, I hope this post will give you some great ideas on where to start. If you’re interested in hosting a party of your own, I’ve got you all set with shopping lists and resources of everything you need!
5 Reasons to Color Your Heart Out
1. Affordable and accessible to all. Looking for a new hobby or activity that won’t break the bank? Need a cost efficient group activity for work or an organization for which you have membership? Health conscious and trying to find other activities to do with your friends that aren’t centered around eating? If you’ve ever been in any of these situations, coloring might be something you should look into for the future! Adult coloring is accessible to everyone no matter your budget. Free templates and designs are available online and inexpensive writing instruments are available at many discount retailers.
2. Relax and unplug. If you’re like me, you may have trouble unwinding and unplugging throughout the day and before bed. This is a relaxing activity and many people get so caught up in coloring these detailed designs, that they can really and truly unwind and switch gears. Whether you have 10 minutes or an hour, you’ll be surprised at how coloring helps you let off some steam, refocus your energy, or make you smile. Bonus? It’s cheaper than therapy! )
3. Coloring allows you to be creative even if you’re not the “creative” type. There’s no starting from scratch here. The designs have already been created; all you need to do is choose your color scheme and go! There are no rules with coloring. You don’t have to be Monet or Picasso to make your very own masterpieces. Many books feature examples of shading techniques, color blending, and plenty of examples to give you inspiration.
4. Convenient and low maintenance. Coloring is the perfect activity for those long road trips, flights/long layovers, study break, vacation, or at home on the couch. Your coloring hobby can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. If you keep it simple, you’ll find you always have room in your bag for a coloring book and set of pencils.
5. Great excuse to buy fun markers and pens again even if your ‘back to school’ days are over. 🙂 If you enjoyed back to school supply shopping as a student, you’ll love finding new coloring books and writing instruments.
What You’ll Need:
(Based off of 8-10 Guests)
- (2) Colored Pencil Sets- 50 colors
- (2) Marker Sets- 50 colors
- Copies of variety of coloring sheets
- Tip: if you’re doing this near a holiday, pick out some seasonally appropriate designs. (See below for my favorite resources!)
- Cups or mason jars to hold pens/pencils
- Plastic tablecloths/protective pad for your dining room table
- Plenty of chairs, extra folding table (if necessary)
- Light Meal or Refreshments
- Disposable cups, utensils, plates, napkins, ice, etc.
If you’re wanting to add some fun “extras,” try the following;
- (1) Gel Pen Variety Set (Matte, Shimmer, Neon, Milky, etc.)
- Watercolor paints and paintbrushes
- Raffle Item(s): (e.g. coloring books, marker/pens/pencil sets)
- Many of these items, such as the table cloths, cups/jars, plastic utensils, plates/napkins, etc. can be purchased at the Dollar Store or other discount stores or the $1 bins at Target.
- Save your Michael’s or Hobby Lobby coupons and get your pencils, markers, pens, etc. there. Oftentimes, they will run sales on Crayola brand items or art items in general. Bring a friend and have them use a coupon to buy multiple sets with the coupons. Amazon also has some great options with competitive pricing.
- While you can purchase a few coloring books and remove pages separately for people to draw on, I think the best route is to just get some free coloring sheets off of the internet and make copies. There are many web sites that offer some really great designs!
Where to buy:
- Retailers: It seems like everyone is carrying coloring books these days. Craft stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby carry them. Wal-Mart and Target also have good selections. If you like to support small businesses, call around to your local toy and book stores. If you’re in Houston, you must visit Tomfoolery in the Meyerland Plaza shopping center. They have a wonderful selection of books, markers and pencils. They also host coloring nights in the evenings on occasion.
- Online: If you’ve been following my blog, then you know I really love Amazon. If online shopping is more your speed, you can find everything you need (and then some) all in one place. Zulily also has great sales on coloring books and I usually see them once a month.
Free Coloring Sheet Resources:
- Easy Peasy and Fun
- Red Ted Art (Day of the Dead)
- Red Ted Art (Mandalas and Giving Thanks)
- Red Ted Art (Woodland Animals)
- Secret Garden
- Zen and Anti Stress Coloring Pages for Adults
Pens, Pencils, Markers Galore:
Color anything special lately? Have a special book to recommend? Comment below!
Until next time,
I Dream of Pretty Things