Tonight will be my second year to host a Christmas Craft Night at my house for some friends. I have a few tips if you want to try this yourself!!!
1. Plan to do only 3-4 simple projects. (example...fabric Christmas bows, stamping onto butcher paper to make wrapping paper, ornaments...)
2. Try to use supplies that are cheap or free- it will add up fast! I found some projects that I could use fabric scraps for, and my husband happens to have access to huge rolls of paper from his office if they order the wrong weight...so wrapping paper is on the agenda tonight!
3. Keep the guest list to less than 15. Or even 10. I've got 13 coming tonight and I'm a little nervous about it. Thank goodness a few are pretty crafty so they can help I hope! That's another thing- I like to have a mixture of people, so maybe some will get into crafting that never have before!
4. Have your guests pitch something in. I assign one supply item per person- usually something less than $3. Everyone is scrapped for cash this time of year, so I keep it cheap. Sometimes this means you have to not do a craft you fall in love with, but its worth it for there to be no financial pressure at all. Examples of items this year- 1 pack of sequins, a plain posterboard, a small bottle of acrylic paint...
5. Snacks and Booze are always good :) I am having some Christmas-ey apps and desserts to help set the mood. And speaking of the mood...
6. Play some Christmas music! Now, I am one of those who refuses to decorate for Christmas one bit until Thanksgiving is over. Poor Thanksgiving, always being looked over! So I will get out a Christmas tablecloth and play music, but that's about it since it's the week before Thanksgiving.
7. Schedule it early in the season- last year I had it a couple weeks before Christmas and the weather was horrible, less people RSVP'd, and it didn't leave much time to finish up any lingering projects. So this year I scheduled it early to make it more of a jump start to the holidays.
I will post some photos of the party soon!
Here are a few links to some projects that work well for this type of party. Always try out your projects ahead of time- I tried a yarn-wrapped wreath last year and it takes waaaaaaaaay too long for a party. Things need to come together quickly!
"Loopy" tree - original tute uses paper, but we will use fabric scraps
Fabric Christmas bows again, using Christmas fabric scraps
Romaine lettuce stamped wrapping paper (from Martha Stewart- they used it as a flower Valentine's card, but I think it looks like a poinsettia!)