You’ve probably heard of paint and sip nights, but what about plant and sip?
For almost a year, Boca Raton resident Kaitlyn Grimail has been hosting Plant Nite parties throughout Palm Beach and Broward Counties, bringing people of all ages together for a creative and unique activity.
During the parties, guests create their own terrariums with succulent plants, moss, rocks, and even geodes, agate slabs, and crystals.
“There’s all sorts of different design paths that anyone can do,” Grimail says. “You give the guest the option to run with their creativity.”
The parties are hosted at coffee shops, breweries and restaurants, including regular Plant Nite gatherings at Saltwater Brewery and Purgreens. Typically, the venues comp a drink or offer a special along with the planting, so everyone works on their living piece of art while sipping on a glass of wine or a pint of beer.
Grimail’s Plant Nite business is the only in Palm Beach and Broward Counties and she got her start in November of last year. Now, she’s hosting a few parties a week at venues as well as private parties. They’ve turned into girls nights, birthday parties for children, or activities for the elderly at community centers.
“[The succulent] needs to be watered once every three weeks, they’re low maintenance, they do well in all kinds of weather,” she says. “They just come in so many shapes and varieties and they’re colorful. People like the because it’s hard to kill them.”
Grimail grew up around plants, as her mother owned a flower shop for 25 years. She went into law, but eventually decide to leave for a field where she could be her own boss and be creative.
“I wanted to do something where people were always kind of happy and I had the option to meet new people and be creative,” she says. “The opportunity sort of fell in my lap and I just ran with it.”
And even the container is unique—at different parties, the plants can end up in a hanging globe, wooden planter, a handmade macrame hanger, or even a dinosaur figurine.
“It just feels good to be part of that community,” Grimail says. “I’m proud of South Florida, we’re doing a lot.”
Usually $58 a person, the website always offers a 35-percent-off code, so be on the lookout! Plus, Plant Nite is usually on Groupon. To book a party or find out when the next Plant Nite night, visit plantnite.com/pages/events/index/palmbeach.