Friday: The Socialite

If you have a love for art, this segment might be one of your favourites! I’m sure you’ve all heard of paint nights at the local restaurants or pubs. Imagine planning a huge paint night gathering online! One person is responsible for the display of the piece, while others put their materials together to create their masterpiece!

You could take your talent to the backyard, and set up your makeshift studio by twilight. Everyone can pay a small fee to take part, and the proceeds are kept for the individual who is voted to have the best rendition of the original.

Some paintings that might be of interest for an event like this, are pieces like the following:

From Picasso to Van Gogh, it would be exciting to recreate pieces that are well-known to many. Unless you are dealing with some serious talent, you might want to stay away from portraits, and stick to landscapes and scenery. That way, the technique is manageable for most, and the focus will be on having fun, rather than perfection.

Never forget the food and drinks! Where is the fun without the refreshments? A fruity Sangria paired with an elaborately topped cracker hors d’oueurves, completes your painting soiree. It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t share some fabulous recipes!



  • 2 bottles Spanish red wine (Rioja wine is most popular)
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 2 oranges, one juiced and one diced
  • 1 green apple, diced
  • 1 lemon, diced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • optional sweetener: simple syrup* or maple syrup
  • optional bubbles: lemon-lime soda, ginger ale or sparkling water


  1. Add the wine, brandy, orange juice, diced orange, diced apple, diced lemon and cinnamon stick to a large pitcher.  Stir to combine.  Taste and add in a few tablespoons of sweetener, if desired.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  3. Serve the sangria over ice, topping off each glass with a splash of bubbly soda (or sparkling water) if desired.


*Simple Syrup: To make simple syrup, just combine equal parts sugar (or honey) with water.  Give the mixture a stir and heat until the sugar (or honey) has dissolved.  Then use immediately, or cover and refrigerate in a sealed container until ready to use.

*Recipe taken from

Cracker Appetizer For Parties


  • 5 oz King Oyster Mushrooms (about 2 regular size ones), finely diced
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1.5 oz tuna from a can, drained and flaked
  • cracker cut cheese of choice (I used Jalapeño Jack Cheese)
  • 20 water crackers
  • cilantro leaves for garnishing (optional)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon herb mix (or mixing two or three different types of dried herbs works totally fine, e.g., mixing oregano and basil)
  • sea salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Add some water to a saucepan and bring to a rapid boil. Place finely diced King Oyster Mushrooms into the saucepan and cook for 5 minutes. (Chop the bell peppers while cooking the mushrooms.)
  2. Remove the cooked mushroom from heat and drain. Set aside to allow cool down.
  3. Open a can of tuna and drain. Scoop out a big spoon of tuna (1.5 oz) into a bowl and flake it. (I used the rest of the tuna to make a simple tuna salad.)
  4. Add the cooled mushrooms, bell peppers and minced garlic into the same bowl. Toss all the ingredients together with the seasonings. Let it sit for 15 minutes to allow all the flavor to soak in. (Now cut the cheese if necessary.)
  5. Place a cracker cut cheese on a cracker and gently add a small spoonful marinated ingredients on top. Garnish with a cilantro leaf. Do the same for the rest of the crackers. Should we just get the party started?! 

*Recipe taken from

Ask around, and see which of your friends would be interested. This may end up being a bigger hit than you think! If anyone asks you where you got the idea from, you can tell them that Lisa inspired you to dig deep into your creativity for this one! I hope you all enjoy, and remember to share your night’s turnout with the rest of us! We would love to see! Happy Friday everyone!

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