January 21, 2011

Host a Craft Party!

I want to get some crafty people together so I am going to be hosting an afternoon of crafting a Crafternoon!  There is just something special about getting together with like minded individuals.  There are also a few things to consider when you are going to host a craft party and I am going to share some with you.

First off what are your intentions for the event?  Are you planning on creating a Crafternoon of your own to meet new people or get closer with your current crafting friends?  Do you want to have a formal event where everyone learns a new craft at a class or are you going to be having a few drinks over a craft free for all?

I attended a casual craft night last year at a friends house.  It was nice to get caught up on a craft project I didn't have the time to just sit down an work on.  After attending that event I thought it would be fun to do something more formal, but relaxed as well.  So, I got a small group of friends together at a local pottery place for a ladies craft night they had available and we had dinner in the studio while painting some pottery and designing fused glass art.

The sushi platter I was glazing on craft night

Get creative!  You could craft for a cause (knit hats for the homeless).  Have everyone work on the same project (create coasters, sew handbags or try a stamp-a-thon).   You could even get a local craft person/artist to do a formal demonstration then your guest can give what the saw a try.  I am just going to start out with everyone just doing their own thing, maybe if I find the time and if others are up for it, I want to have everyone do a fun project together.

Next is location.  Where are you going to host your craft party?  I am just going to host my first craft party at home and see how that goes.  Hopefully there will be enough room for everyone to work.  Think of all places in your community that have place to craft, then find out if they are free.  The local library or museum may have a community room to use, it just depends on what you are going to be creating.  If the weather is nice, you could get together at a park.  What about a coffee house or even a classroom at a school.  You could go somewhere more formal like a craft store.

You'll have to decide if everyone will bring their own supplies, bring a certain supply to share if everyone is doing the same project or you can get the supplies and everyone can chip in to cover the cost of the project.

The finished sushi platter!

Of course there will have to be snacks and refreshments.  Your crafty friends can bring something to share or you could even create your own confections as part of your craft party.  I am going to have a few things and if someone wants to bring something to share that is great, especially if it involves chocolate!

When do you want to get together?  At night, during the day, how about the weekend.  Do you want to get together once a week, bi weekly?  How about once a month?  I decided on Sunday afternoons when the kids are napping.  I am going to have a,. crafty get together once a month.  I was thinking the first Sunday of the month unless there is a holiday then it will be the week after.  It is a good idea to have your craft party around the same time so people are more likely to remember.

Don't forget to let everyone know!  Send out invites, via email, snail mail or social network.  Do you want your event open to the public?  Post fliers, send out postcards, promote it through social media.  Right now I just want to host a small Crafternoon among friends.

Last but not least, probably the most important thing for a craft party is to get crafting!

Remember to:
  • Pick a project
  • Pick a place to host and give directions
  • Decide on the time and day
  • Have the all necessary craft supplies
  • Don't forget the snacks
  • Let everyone know about the fun
  • Craft on!
I hope this gets you crafty juices flowing and you decide to have a craft party!  If you do let me know about it and if you have any other craft party suggestions.

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