By Nicole Tinkham
There may be times you prefer to work on your art alone and that’s perfectly fine, but sometimes being around other super creative people can spark your creativity and get new ideas flowing. A great way to work on some art together is to host a crafty party. We can’t take credit for this idea, though. We’ve actually been inspired by one of our Facebook friends and her creative and fun parties she throws with her girlfriends. She always has a theme and decorations, prepares yummy snacks, and has fun creating various projects with close friends. We figured you’d want in on this idea so we came up with a list of 13 fun ideas for hosting a crafty party plus helpful tips to keep in mind for hosting your next one.
1. Adult coloring book: It DOES NOT have to be a solo activity! We love coloring book parties because anyone can participate at different skill levels.
2. Holiday themed (think pumpkin carving or holiday card making): These are always a great way to get into the holiday spirit whether it’s Easter, Thanksgiving, or Valentine’s Day.
3. Cookie decorating: Food decorating can be so much fun to create and even more fun to eat!
4. DIY terrariums: Creating a terrarium is probably not your typical craft project but we think you’ll really enjoy getting creative with a project like this. A terrarium is basically a mini garden in a cute little glass container. Learn more about how to put them together here.
5. Jewelry making: Sharing colorful beads and different design ideas is great to do with other creative minds and will help you get out of your comfort zone and try new techniques.
6. Scrapbooking/art journaling: Scrapbooking together can be so much fun to reminisce on the past especially with friends you’ve known for awhile.
7. Zentangle: This is the perfect escape with friends after a long and stressful week.
8. Art supply exchange: Every year we host a Used Stamp Sale here at Keeton’s where artists bring in any art supplies (not just stamps) they are no longer using and sell them. We thought an art supply exchange would be a great party idea too and the perfect opportunity to clean out the art room and get rid of some supplies (just to fill it up again with new ones).
9. Knitting and crochet: This is great for the chatty Kathy group of friends 🙂
10. Painting: Have you ever experienced a Painting with a Twist workshop or something similar? You can do the same thing right from home with a group of friends. Look up simple painting instructions, pick up canvases and paint when it’s on sale, and have some fun.
11. Glass painting: Our friend who inspired us to write this blog also does incredible painting on wine glasses. We are seriously blown away by her work every time we see it. We thought glass painting would also be a really fun party idea for this list.
12. DIY signs: Painted wooden signs seem to be the DIY project to do these days. They are super simple to create with so many different options, making it a really fun party idea. You can all collaborate to make a sign together too.
13. Gift swap: We love getting crafty with gifts around the holidays but it doesn’t have to be a special occasion to give. Why not have a craft party and exchange what you make at the end?
Tips for hosting your next crafty party
• Theme: Creative people and creative parties deserve a creative theme!! It’s not necessary but it makes it way more fun 🙂
• Fun invitations: We always enjoy going a little old school with handwritten invites to a party. It’s more personable and exciting than an email.
• Food: Finger foods, appetizers, and sweet treats are perfect for a craft party. You don’t want anything messy that can get all over the projects. But be sure to have plenty of paper towels anyway.
• Have enough room: Before you start inviting everyone you know to your next craft party, take a look at how much space you have. Do you have a large enough table? Enough chairs?
• Instructions: Be sure the project you choose to do is simple enough for everyone to understand. Either print out instructions or a guide for everyone to follow or you can act as an instructor yourself.
• Provide supplies or let them know what to bring: Be clear on what you want people to bring to the party. Will you provide all supplies or will they need to bring their own? If they’ll be bringing their own, be specific on what they need.
Alright, we just threw a bunch at you all at once. Your mind may be going a million miles a minute with all these ideas. One thing we want to make clear is that it’s all about having fun! You don’t necessarily have to put a ton of work into throwing a crafty party and you shouldn’t stress out over it. If you’re not sure which idea to go with, poll your friends and see what they would love to do. You can even have them help you plan it so you don’t have to do it all on your own. And don’t freak out if your first party doesn’t run smoothly. Your friends won’t mind and you’ll know what to do differently next time!
Tell us, have you ever hosted a crafty party? What did you do?