Celebrate your favorite holiday by throwing a fun and easy Halloween craft party ... or use these easy tips to throw a home craft party any time of year!
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This week has been all about fun Halloween projects!
I love getting together with friends and crafting. There's nothing more fun or relaxing, especially if you throw in a glass or two of wine! So today, I'm sharing all my tips for throwing a fun and easy Halloween craft party.
How to Throw a Halloween Craft Party
Throwing a Halloween craft party is fun, because there is an activity to keep everyone busy. Plus, it's exciting to see all the creative ideas your guests come up with!
The most important thing for any party is to stay organized, so that you can enjoy the party, too.
With that in mind, here are my favorite tips for organizing and planning a stress free Halloween craft party at home for adults or kids.
Pick a Project or Two
The first step to planning a successful Halloween craft party is picking a project.
It may be tempting to choose something really ambitious, but keep it simple and err on the side of quick Halloween crafts, especially if your friends are novice crafters or have mixed experience levels. If you get talking, you many run out of time to finish something with lots of steps.
You'll also want to keep in mind the age of your party attendees. Kids are harder to keep on track, so choose something with easy to follow steps for your craft party.
Once you pick a project or two, make samples so your friends can visualize what they'll be making. For my party, I chose my DIY Mummy Halloween Card and my Mini Witch Hat Headband. This Boo Banner would be a super easy project, too. My Sugar Skull Banner would be fun, too ... just keep in mind you'd probably need multiple glue guns (enlist your crafty guests to bring their own).
Set Up Your Table
On the day of your Halloween craft party, you'll want to set up your table. You could even do it the night before to save yourself some stress. If you don't have a lot of space, use a coffee table or a few side tables.
I recommend covering the whole table with craft paper or putting a big sheet of paper at every space (I used pages from an old calendar). That way, you won't spend the whole craft party worrying about your table getting damaged.
Next, set a spot for each person. Group together everything they'll need to complete each project and put it on their spot. It's easier to stay organized this way, and you can enjoy the party instead of running around gathering supplies. Make sure to put a pair of scissors and a pen or pencil at each spot, too.
In the center of the table, lay out supplies for everyone to share, like gel pens (I love Sakura pens, and these Moonlight pens are my fave!), colored pencils, washi tape (this Halloween collection would be fun), glue, stamps, and stamp pads. I like to shop my stash and put out everything I think my guests might have fun using, even if it's not part of the project. That way people can get creative.
Create a Separate Area for Anything Messy
I love heat embossing, especially at craft parties, because most people probably haven't tried it. It's so fun, and adds a special touch to any card. Check out my heat embossing tutorial in this present wrapping post or watch my how to video.
Heat embossing can be messy though, so keep everything together and set up a special work station separate from the main crafting area. You'll want to do this if you're using hot glue guns, too.
If you're using stamps, make sure to put a stamp scrubber and stamp cleaner (or wet wipes) on the table to keep your stamps and stamp pads clean. Then, warn your guests to clean off the stamps before they switch stamp pads.
Serve Fun Food
Of course, you'll want to serve some tasty food at your Halloween craft party!
For foods with a Halloween theme, try my Dirt Chocolate Cheesecake Parfaits, Orange You Glad It's Halloween Floats, Halloween Cake Pops, or Candy Bar Cookies. You could also serve "regular" food and give it a spirited name ... witchy wine, anyone?
Just try to serve food that isn't too messy, or you might muss up your projects.
Set Aside Extra Materials
Here's the thing about craft parties ... someone is bound to make a "mistake". Some people can roll with the punches and make it work, but other people won't be happy unless their project is perfect. You know what I mean?
Keep everyone happy and set aside some extra supplies. That way, anyone that's hates their project can start over if they want to.
Put out some extra materials that won't be used in the project, too, so people can get creative and make the project their own.
Leave Time for Individual Projects
It's always good to have a project so people know where to start.
Once you demonstrate a couple projects though, your friends' creative wheels are sure to start spinning.
Make sure to leave time during your Halloween craft party for some freestyle crafting. You might be surprised by what your friends come up with when they get their hands on a little paper and glue!
I hope these easy craft party ideas have inspired you to throw your own Halloween craft party!
P.S. Check out all of my Halloween Crafts and Recipes here!