Craft Party Time 

by Jennie Lennick

How to Host a Craft Party 

Learn to throw a successful craft party with my tips and tricks! From serving delicious snacks to preparing craft stations, my guide will ensure your party is full of creative fun! Check out my recommendations for workshop ideas, recipes, supply suggestions, and more! 

 When I was in art school as a young adult, my friends and I would get together, hang out, and make art. Spending time together creating things was so fun! We would work off each other’s creative energies and leave our studio sessions feeling invigorated and bursting with ideas. I miss those days, so I am going to throw a craft party for my friends! 

Check out my suggestions for hosting your own craft party below!

Choose a craft anyone can do regardless of skill level

Virtual workshops at Jenny Lemons are a great way to get people together. Set up a projector or hook your computer up to a TV monitor, and have a craft workshop viewing party! 

Each workshop has the option to have supplies delivered, so you don’t need to worry about getting things on your own! An experienced instructor leads each workshop, and they can answer any questions you may have in real-time! Plus, all the workshops are available to download after class, so you can watch them over and over and keep crafting!


Virtual Workshops

Take an art class with one of our experienced instructors! 


Gather supplies for all your guests

Make sure you have all essentials for your guests like scissors, glue, and pencils and create supply stations for each guest. I love arranging my supplies in vintage containers- it makes the experience of making art feel all the more special. 

Prepare your space

I’ve hosted a myriad of events from intimate workshops for two, to huge festivals for hundreds of people, and one thing remains constant- It’s so important to protect your work surface. Cover your tables with craft paper or set up your crafts on a surface you don't care about.

You will thank me when one of your besties spills a bottle of paint on your beloved dining table.

Craft party-goers jammed in our studio in 2017.

Make sure there is enough space for each person to work comfortably- if you pack your table too tight with people, they will not have enough room to spread out and create. Consider setting up a few different stations so people can move around if you don’t have a huge table to host everyone at once. 

*the above photo is an example of what NOT to do. People were way too crammed in our studio!

Make Snacks!

You need brainpower to make all those crafts! Consider whipping up a childhood favorite like Pigs in a Blanket.

Pigs in a Blanket Recipe

    INGREDIENTS

  • 4 hot dogs 
  • 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 1 can refrigerated Crescent Rolls (8 Count)

Preheat your oven to 375°F. 

Separate dough into triangles and cut your hot dogs in half. 

Place a handful of cheese on the widest side of the triangle and set a hot dog on top. 

Wrap dough triangle around the hot dog. Place on a cookie sheet, cheese side up. 

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!

Make goodie bags

I love a gift bag, and it’s fun to send your guests home with a memento of their fun time at your party! Chocolate is always a hit- include a bar of your favorite treat! 

These customizable pencils are adorable and affordable. Get them imprinted with a crafty phrase or an inside joke.

Music sets the mood

Making a playlist of fun toons is an absolute must to create a fun party atmosphere! ! Do you want your party to be vintage-cute or upbeat and trendy? Spend a little time before the party to curate your musical selections.  Short on time?  We created a fun list of crafty tunes- give it a listen here!   

Tips for hosting an adults-only craft party

Choose gorgeous supplies

There’s something so special about a nice pen. I cherish my microns and keep them far away front the children in my life! If your party is adults-only, splurge for the fancy supplies! The difference between kids’ paint and the professional stuff is noticeable, trust me.  

 Serve drinks!

Create a signature cocktail for the night and serve it out of your favorite glassware.  I am a major fan of low-alcohol cocktails, so we decided to serve a Bruto and Soda for our craft party! 

Mix 1.5 Ounce Bruto Americano

with 2 ounce sparkling water

add a squeeze of lemon in a glass with ice. Enjoy!

Hire a babysitter

Do you have friends with kids? Hire a babysitter, so your guests don’t have to worry about childcare. The sitter can have a parallel craft party with the littles, while you can have fun with your friends. 

Trust me; they will love you for that. 

I hope you all throw amazing craft parties! Please share your tips and tricks for fun parties in our comments below!

Jennie Lennick

Designer, entrepreneur, and lover of crafts! Boss Lady at Jenny Lemons in San Francisco.

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