Have you ever hosted a craft night for your girlfriends (or your boyfriends...if they're into that sorta thing)? If not, I totally recommend you do so, because it is a LOT of fun! And, believe it or not, fairly simple to do. All it takes is a little planning, a little wine and a few willing friends (die-hard crafters not required).
Last week I shared my Halloween party printable and glow-in-the-dark banner tutorial and hinted at the girls' night it accompanied. Today I'm going to share a few tips to help you throw your very own Girls' Night In ~ Craft Party!
Aren't my friends cute?! We had a fun evening and everyone left with a pretty wreath! All in all, a great night.
Throwing a Craft Party
1) Plan ahead: The key to throwing ANY successful party is in the planning. Decide what craft you'll do, what supplies you'll need, how much it will cost and, of course, where will the crafting take place. Once I'd made those decisions, the rest fell into place very easily. When setting up for your party, consider how long the craft will take and do any prep work that might otherwise eat into the party time. In my case, I pre-cut the burlap strips and laid out all the supplies.
2) Give your guests some options...but, not too many: When I'd settled on wreaths, I knew I wanted my friends to go home with a wreath that reflected their unique taste. But, I also knew that too many options can be overwhelming. So, I narrowed the choices down to a manageable list. I let my party guests choose 1) a burlap-covered wreath or a garland wreath and 2) a monogram or a chalkboard. Then I picked a handful of fabrics and embellishments that covered a range of tastes. A few options = fun for all, too many options = potential frustration.
3) Make a set, all-inclusive price: For my party, I really wanted my friends to be able to just show-up. I didn't want them to struggle with gathering supplies, picking fabrics or trying to make decisions at Hobby Lobby. Because, while that is fun for me, it's not so fun for some people. Know what IS fun, though?? Just showing up! I did a little research on supply costs, factored in pizza for dinner and set a reasonable price. I also let my guests pay for their supplies via cash, check or paypal.
4) Utilize the interwebs: I sent invitations via evite, set up an inspiration board on pinterest, let my guests make their selections by using a google survey and sent invoices through paypal. See how helpful the internet is when planning a craft party?? :)
5) Offer a few simple tutorials: Everyone loves to learn a new trick or two. I planned a few quick tutorials to help my friends find their own, unique vision AND walk away with a new skill. In our case, I demonstrated how to make simple wreath ruffles and rolled fabric flowers.
Have a Happy weekend!!