A few years ago I hosted a birthday party for myself (how gauche!) and to deflect from the party being about my further aging process, I thought it would be fun to have a 'Self Portrait Painting Party'. I provided a stack of small canvases, some inexpensive brushes and paints from an online discount art supply company (there are lots of them) and some recycled jam jars for water to clean the brushes. I then invited my guests down to my then art studio-basement for a paint-fest. I can tell you that at first there was quite a bit of hesitation and shyness on their part, but once they got a cocktail or two in them, it was hard to hold them back. Once one person started, the inner child in everyone broke free and some really great art was produced. It was so cool and so much fun to see everyone's unique painting style and an arty, good time seemed to be had by all. I was thinking this could be a fun holiday party idea - guests would walk away with a handmade gift for a loved one, or just a great party favor and a nice holiday memory. All you need to do is include a little paint & canvas, and of course, some libation to get the party going!