Thursday, April 01, 2010
Home Craft Parties | Family Economics
By Cathe Holden
Hosting simple home parties has always been a great way to socialize with friends and acquaintances outside of the everyday hustle. But all home parties don’t have to be about shopping and selling jewelry, home decor or kitchen gadgets. Gather your friends monthly for a craft night that can be hosted by a different friend each month. Invite your close friends, or reach out to other parents and neighbors, even look for new crafting friends by posting a note on your local craft store bulletin board.
Home craft parties are gatherings of guests bringing their own projects and supplies or an organized craft event featuring one specific project of the host’s choice. A specific craft project can be anything from jewelry making or paper crafts, such as hand embellished greeting cards, to something a little more unusual like repurposing tired home decor into something fabulous and fun using decoupage techniques and decorative tissue paper.
Not all your friends may be creatively inclined, so be sure to emphasize that no craft talent is necessary. Those who don’t craft can feel welcome to just enjoy a little time out with friends while being creatively inspired by others who do. You may want to encourage their creative side by providing a surprise craft project and supplies just for them.
Use free online invitation services to organize your monthly parties by email and limit your group to a manageable number of participants that will fit comfortably within most homes and still have room to spread out a bit for crafting.
If you are hosting the monthly friendship craft party, there are a few things to consider depending on the nature of the projects. If hosting an organized project and the craft requires a table surface, be sure to have enough chairs and table room for each guest. If your craft party is a potpourri of independent crafting, try to arrange your furniture so that couch crafters can visit with table crafters.
If you are sharing the supplies for the night, have them gathered, purchased and well organized for each guest. An inexpensive plastic table covering is great to have on hand to protect your table or countertop as well as a few paper grocery bags available for throwaway pieces. Keep some Ziploc® bags on hand for any take-home supplies or scraps.
Because most craft projects can take several hours, scheduling can be very important. If you are able to host a day party during school hours, suggest your guests bring finger foods to share. If you prefer evenings, try to start as early as possible and encourage a light potluck for dinner.