Sunday, May 28, 2017

How to Host a Crafty Party

By: Cora Chevalier
From: Cora Crafts Mysteries
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
           Book 2 Title: No Charm Intended

You might be surprised to know I get a lot of email from people who want to make connections with other crafty folks. Okay, so you can do that online pretty easily—there’s so many crafting communities on the web. But sometimes, you just want to get together in person, right? I think one of the best ways to do so is to have a craft party. Recently, I went to a rock-drawing/painting party and it was so much fun. Plus, there were so many connections made. I’ve a feeling some of those women will be getting together for years to come.
So in an effort to help create in-person crafting communities, I came up with a list of tips for a crafty party.
1.     Keep it simple. I preach this at my retreats, with my teachers, and when I guest teach. Nobody is going to learn to knit, crochet, or make lace in an hour or two, while they are trying to socialize and probably eat and drink. The party is about having fun, making connections, and getting crafty. Not about gnashing our teeth over that new crochet stitch.

  •       A theme is helpful. Scrapbooking, painting, sea-crafts are all kind of themes for a crafty party. None of them are difficult to have fun with, maybe to master—but that’s another story. The rock drawing party I went to offered rocks and sharpies in the middle of a table.
  •          If you have a nice big table, sit around it, and craft. You never know what you’ll learn. (Not just crafting techniques, I’m betting.)
  •          Offer finger food and drinks. As I always say, snacking is imperative to crafting, in any case, but especially during a party.
  •           Invite friends, and people you want to know, along with a couple of people well known in the crafting community who can offer expertise without a hard sell. This is a party—not a sales venue. But then again…having some very cool products by local crafters and artists available, just in case,  is always a good idea.

Here’s some video shots of some of the women at the rock-paint/drawing party we had. It was so much fun! Enjoy!

Ann explaining her rock stories and art. 

Mary Katharine showing off Stitch Amour's new handmade bags for knitters

Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries and a bestselling Kindle-World romance novella THE BEEKEEPER'S BRIDE, A ST. HELENA VINEYARD KINDLE WORLD NOVELLA. She just released a new series: "Cora Crafts Mysteries." The first book is DEATH AMONG THE DOILIES. She's also penned a historical fiction: MEMORY OF LIGHT: AN AFTERMATH OF GETTYSBURG.

1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of craft parties! It might even be fun to combine the craft party with a book club. I know so many people who love both!