Double Date Idea And A Paint Night Gift Basket

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For a while now I’ve been wanting to go to one of those places where you can hang out and paint. It sounds like it would be such a great time but I really don’t get out that much for girl’s night or date night since becoming a parent. Because of this I thought it would be fun to put together a paint night gift basket to bring the painting fun home! The basket is perfect for a girl’s night in or a double date night with another couple. (Personally I love the double date in idea because you get time with a friend and your man – just get a sitter to share and enjoy some adult couple time.)

Along with the painting there’d have to be food because a fun evening isn’t complete without it! When I thought about the bright colors of paint I had bought, I immediately knew they would pair perfectly with the vibrant flavors of one of my favorite cuisines- Mexican! I also knew I wanted something simple because nothing kills the fun of an evening for the hostess like being stuck in the kitchen while everyone else enjoys time together. Luckily I knew just the right ones that would work- Frontera® Frozen Skillets, inspired by Chef Rick Bayless. They only take about 15 minutes to cook so they can be made before guests arrive or while everyone’s artwork dries.

The paint night gift basket makes a great gift for a friend or your significant other. To make it for a double date night just put enough of everything for four people in the gift basket!

Here’s what I put in my gift basket:

  • 4 Canvases to paint
  • Acrylic paint in various colors
  • 4 Paint palettes
  • Paintbrushes (fine and wide tip)
  • Colorful plates and napkins

The gift basket is easy to put together. I used a black tin and decorated it with some paper flowers on the outside and added some crumpled paper inside the bottom of the tin. I added in canvases to paint (two 5X7 and two 8×10 sizes), paintbrushes, tubes of acrylic paint, paint palettes, and colorful napkins and plates for our dinner.

Speaking of dinner….if you love Mexican food you have to try these skillets. Frontera® Foods brings premium ingredients and flavors into the kitchen so they make the perfect dish to bring friends together. I bought two flavor varieties, the Frontera® Chicken Fajita Skillet (made with tender cuts of seared chicken simmered together with fire-roasted poblanos and chipotle chiles) and the Frontera® Carnitas Taco Skillet (made with slow-cooked pork with tangy tomatillos and roasted poblano chiles).

I loved that the meal’s ingredients and directions read in plain English and were simple to follow. They are so easy to cook that it took less than fifteen minutes to go from freezer to table.

I bought the Frontera® Frozen Skillets, along with two jars of their salsa (Frontera® Jalapeño Cilantro Salsa and Frontera® Tomatillo Salsa), at Target. We found the meals in the freezer aisle and they had a variety of flavors to choose from.

And, if you are into saving money (who isn’t!?), from now through November 25th use the Cartwheel coupon below to get 25% off Frontera® Skillets at Target!

Have you ever had a double date night in? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!


  1. That is a great gift idea. I think paint nights are so fun!

  2. This would be so much fun! I love the gift basket to go along with a date night of painting. Nothing beats getting crafty to have a good time!

  3. I have a friend who loves doing these paint night things out. What a great idea for a gift, thank you!

  4. Yes! This is such a clever and fun idea. Everything looks delicious and oh so fun. Such an excellent gift idea!

  5. This was like a really fun date night! My husband has been wanting to do something like this for a while. This would be a really good Christmas gift for him.

  6. What a great idea! Such a fun winter activity! Also, you chose a great meal for a crowd. Next time I’m at Target, I’m picking up the Chicken Fajita skillet. Yum! #client

  7. This is a very fun idea for any date night! I’ll have to try those Frontera Skillet meals. I think they are not only good for a date night but also for a busy weeknight with the kids.

  8. Paint nights are so much fun. I haven’t done in a while and I’ve never done my own. Such a great idea!

  9. Amy Desrosiers says

    This is a cute idea. I love nights in the best!

  10. What a fun date night idea! I know my husband and I have been in a rut for date night. I wonder i he would like this.

  11. This sounds like such a fun idea. I would love to try a paint night.

  12. We haven’t done a double date in ages. I don’t know how well my painting would turn out but it sounds like fun.

  13. I think this is a wonderful idea. I love the gift basket. That is such a great basket. I also love the food. Sounds delicious!

  14. A night of good food and painting would be a really fun! I have to try a few of those Frontera skillet meals!

  15. This paint gift set is such a great idea! I am so remembering this for holiday gifts!

  16. I’ve been wanting to do a paint night. I’ve seen lots of friends doing them and they look so fun, not to mention something totally different.

  17. I’ve never been to a paint night, but I do love to paint and craft and your post is getting me excited about doing this soon. Your Mexican dishes look absolutely delish too!

  18. I love this idea! My friends will surely enjoy a date night like this!

  19. I love this idea. It is so important to have date nights. I would love to do something like this.

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