Earlier this fall my husband and I joined a new life class (modern speak for Sunday school class). Even though we had been members of our church for 20+ years, we suddenly became the new people. It was a little strange to find us introducing ourselves and trying to find our niche; but we found a wonderful group to do life with. After just three short months, we had wiggled our way in enough for the class leader to ask me to host a craft night. I eagerly said yes, after all, it was a great way to really connect with the other ladies in the class ... and well, CRAFT!
Obviously there was a great desire for crafting because 25 ladies signed up! It was a huge success so I decided to share my thoughts with you.
2. Know your budget and stick with it. I originally told the ladies it would be "around $10." Our actual cost ended up being $11.75 each. With that many women, the extra $1.75 adds up quick, so I couldn't just cover the extra cost. Thankfully, the crafters were gracious about the expense.
4. Ask for help. I only provided coffee and water... and crafts. I asked each crafter to bring an appetizer or dessert and a glue gun. I even designated the coffee creamer. Some brought homemade food, some brought store-bought. One even brought some fun sparkling waters. It all works out!
When women have fun, we get loud. Prepare your family (if they are hiding out upstairs like mine were) that it will be loud. My husbands said he could tell we were having a lot of fun because we sounded like cackling hens.
8. Realize that each person crafts at their own pace. The coaster craft made me realize this truth. What I expected to be a ten minute craft ended up taking some of the women 30+ minutes to accomplish. That is okay. The important thing is that they accomplished it! If you see someone lagging behind, just encourage her or help her make a decision. Sometimes we just need someone to say, "Hey those two colors look great together!"
9. Start the evening organized and then let the chaos ensue. Before we began the crafts, I gave directions to everyone, altogether. This prevented me from having to explain the same craft 16 bajillion times. I also made sure everyone knew where the bathroom was located and that the coffee was decaf, very important details.
The craft station tables were labeled with a number. Before we began, each person drew a number (1-5) and then went to that table respectively. This helped with the whole "mingling" thing. With 25 women, I had 5 craft stations (3 of which were the same craft) with 5 women at each station. It mostly worked out that way. Because of space, one station had four at a time with another holding 6 at a time. Once they finished their first station, I let them choose where they went next. That way they could connect and chat with new friends. Flexibility will be your best friend.
10. Relax and enjoy. If the hostess is stressed out, no one is going to have fun. Use these simple steps to help you enjoy the gift of friendship. Craft on!!!