You guys know I love Christmas, right? And, of course, I adore a girly craft night. Also, I might add, I thoroughly enjoy a good cupcake. Christmas Crafting & Cupcakes?? Right up my alley!
In late November, before the Christmas season got too busy, my cupcake-making friend and I threw a fun Christmas Crafting and Cupcakes party for our friends. It was a successful party and I'm finally sharing the details with you! Yay! :)
Inviting my peeps:
I invited around 15 ladies and 12 attended. I sent the invitation out 6 weeks early, so I could order the craft supplies with plenty of time to spare. Before inviting the ladies, I shopped around for some craft ideas that would be easy enough for all levels of ability and chic enough for a variety of styles. I knew most of my friends wouldn't be into cutesy crafts OR complicated crafts. Know your audience, that's what I always say. (Well, I've said it once, at least). ;)
I ended up choosing to do vinyl decals from The House of Smiths Designs. Shelley has a great style and I knew her designs would be a hit. Plus, decals are SUPER easy to use, so even my less-than-crafty friends could pull it off. Also, I don't have a ton of table space, but placing a vinyl decal can be done on one's lap, while lounging on a sofa. (See photos above for proof) :)
When I sent the invitation, I included a google form to fill out, which included the above image (which I gathered from The House of Smith's shop). I had each girl pick which craft she wanted to do. And, I let them pick from a list of vinyl colors. I provided the plates, but I asked the girls who wanted the frame to BYO frame. That way they could totally customize the look to their personal style!
We ended up with a pretty even split among the 3 choices.
I was having too much fun at the party, I forgot to take more pictures of the final projects. Oops!
Before the guests arrived, I divided up the vinyl pieces into individual bags. Each bag had the guest's name on it and was filled with the vinyl, the instruction card and some chocolate. Simple prep!
I was afraid the guests would finish their projects super quickly, so I also printed out sheets of printable gift tags on cardstock (like the ones I shared last week) and had available a selection of twines, ribbons, scissors and hole punchers. Each guest got to take home a complete set of gift tags as a "bonus" craft.
Of course, a major component of the party were the CUPCAKES! My friend and cohost, Ashley, provided all the sweets. And, they were delicious! She had several new seasonal flavors she was debuting, so it was a great time to sample the goodies. Included in the treats were: White Chocolate Peppermint Cake Pops, Salted Caramel Cupcakes and Pumpkin Gingerbread Cupcakes. SO yummy!
(If you live near Highland Village, Texas, you must check her out at Village Cupcakes!)
The sweet treats provided the bulk of the yummies, but we also offered savory finger foods, wine and a hot cocoa bar.
Side note, can you believe that Christmas countdown below says 31 days to Christmas?! Now, we're less than 10 days away. Eek!! This month has flown by!