Amelia Courtney and Erica Bridges never planned to go into business together. They originally met and became friends because their children were in preschool together. But after Courtney took a trip down South and attended a paint party at an art studio, the pair realized they had stumbled across something special.
When Courtney returned to their home in New Jersey and showed off her painting, Bridges decided she wanted something similar to hang in her home. But because the idea of a paint party was still relatively new at the time, there wasn’t a studio offering that type of event in their area. So they decided to throw their own party. They reached out to another one of their friends who happened to be an artist, and she agreed to guide Courtney and Bridges—along with some of their other friends and neighbors—through the painting process over apps and cocktails. By the end of the night, it was clear that there was potential for this fun and simple concept to become a successful business. With that, Pretty in Paint Parties was born.
Pretty in Paint Parties was founded in 2012 on the idea that the same studio paint and sip concept could and would be mobile. Why be in the same location when you can paint in your own private setting with YOUR friends, YOUR family, YOUR co-workers, and not a group of strangers?
By 2015, Erica and Amelia knew that there was a bigger picture and wanted to expand Pretty in Paint even more. However, they knew that the two of them being working moms would fill up their schedules, they thought it was time to share the love of Pretty in Paint and offer others the same opportunity to run their own business. Since then, Pretty in Paint Parties' franchise system has been rapidly evolving.