|Four generations of creative women!|
This past weekend, I hosted my female in-laws for our annual Christmas Craft Party. I thought it would be fun to share with you my preparations, menu, and craft ideas in case you would like to start a tradition like this as well.
The beauty behind this craft party idea is that it really doesn’t matter how crafty or creative you are. With Pinterest, there are craft ideas for any level of ability, time, or money. What is really fun is seeing all the different crafts being made. At my party, each person brought their own crafting supplies but I did have a couple of extra glue guns, scissors, glitter, ribbon, etc. available if needed.
Here is how I organized our get together:
1. Invite: Using Messenger on my computer I sent out a note to my sisters-in-law, nieces, and great nieces with the invitation to come craft at my house and a couple of dates that would work about 6 weeks before the party. We were able to decide on Sunday, November 6th.
2. Pick a Craft: Several of us posted on Messenger pictures of what we planned on making from Pinterest. This gets everyone’s creative juices flowing and time to get to the craft store to purchase supplies.
|Two pans of delicious lasagna|
3. Set Your Menu: I enjoy cooking for company so at this time I began to think about our lunch menu. At last year’s craft party, I made a creamy chicken soup. This year after some consideration to serving a brunch themed menu, I decided on lasagna, salad, and garlic bread. I have a simple lasagna recipe that I have shared before, but I wanted a new recipe, something more substantial. So I tried out the new recipe from The Pioneer Woman on my husband first. When he loved it, I knew I had a good lasagna recipe to use.
|Desserts provided by our thoughtful guests|
4. Ask For Help: All the ladies wanted to help out with our lunch menu, so some brought desserts, one appetizer, two brought salads, so the workload on me was really reduced! I’m so lucky to have thoughtful relatives!
5. Clean & Organize: Beginning the week before the party, I give myself a cleaning job each day so I’m not spending a whole day cleaning the whole house. Just remember when you are planning out your cleaning chores to do them in the proper order. Cleaning the floors (mopping or vacuuming) is always done last.
|The dining room table covered in brown craft paper makes for an easy cleanup.|
6. Set Up: The day before the party, my husband and I set up our great room/dining room to accommodate our guests. As you can see from the pictures I posted, our dining room table was covered in heavy, brown craft paper so that paint, glue, glitter, etc. does not ruin the wood table. It makes clean up so easy, just roll up the craft paper and throw it away after we are finished. We needed two tables to accommodate all our crafters. Leftover brown craft paper can be used to wrap Christmas gifts.
|Second table had a plastic top, so no need to cover with craft paper.|
7. Prep Ahead: I always make as much of my menu ahead as I can. I like to be “present” when my guests arrive. Like many families, these ladies all live very active lives, so it is a real treat to spend time with them. I don’t want to hide in the kitchen, if I can help it. So the night before the party, I made my lasagna so all I had to do the day of the party is heat up the pans of lasagna and warm up the garlic bread.
An Idea for Next Year: Although it was too late to do at this year’s party, I had a thought for next year. This would be the perfect timing for all of us to work on our Christmas cards. Like so many families are doing now, instead of traditional Christmas cards, many are sending out photographic cards, which I just LOVE! In January, I throw out the regular Christmas cards we receive but I have kept every single photographic Christmas card I have ever received. I love going back and looking at them, seeing how the kids have grown and families have enlarged over the years. How fun it would be to look over each other’s photos and help each other select the perfect picture/pictures for the annual Christmas card. It is so easy to upload and personalize.
I hope I have given you some simple ideas to host your own fun and easy Christmas Craft Party for friends or family.