Host Your Own Jewelry Making Party
They are everywhere. Craft nights, paint nights, and make and take parties are thriving. Netflix has its place, but sometimes you need to grab a few friends and get your hands dirty in a creative project.
As a mom of four, I understand the conflict between wanting to talk to adults for a change while simultaneously abhorring the thought of leaving the house wearing non-stretchy pants. We are tired. But friend, you need this. You do. If you spend the majority of your time working, serving and caring for other people, community is a basic need of yours that falls right after sleep and food.
Thankfully, there is a way for you to have adult conversation, make something beautiful and not leave your house. It’s this little thing called Host Your Own Jewelry Making Party. I’ve hosted and taught these fun nights multiple times and I’m here to tell you exactly how to do it.
How to Host A Jewelry Making Party the Simple Way
1. Decide on the night
My experience is that weeknights after dinner time often work best.
2. Decide on the jewelry + instructor
Depending on your comfort level, lead this yourself or grab a friend who gets excited about diving into a craft to facilitate. You could also reach out to a local jewelry maker, boutique owner or Etsy shop owner and ask them to come lead the project for you.
If you prefer to be extra casual, look up a simple instructional video on YouTube, print out the instructions, and have everyone go at their own pace.
Hint: as a jewelry instructor and shop owner myself, I’ve found that beaded stretch bracelets, beaded wrap bracelets, simple dangle earrings, and pendant necklaces are very beginner friendly.
3. Determine the cost per person?
An instructor will give you a price for her time and materials, but if you are doing this yourself factor in materials, tools and food/drinks. Amazon is teeming with beads, wire and other findings perfect for simple projects.
4. Get the word out
Once you’ve nailed down the important details, write up a simple invite and send it two different ways to each person. This is crucial. I like to email and follow up on social media or text. This lets them know they aren’t just a person in a group email blast. You specifically want them to be there.
Not sure who to invite? Look at who is around you the most. This might be your neighborhood Facebook or Good Fences group, a church group, fellow team parents, book club friends, the regulars at your favorite yoga class.
5. Gather materials + tools
If you’ve hired someone to teach for you, they will take care of all of this. Otherwise, you could save yourself time by asking everyone to bring their own scissors, for example. I have found bulk materials and tools on Amazon for a few dollars each.
6. Pick a snack
Unless you enjoy it, don’t put the pressure on yourself to create a massive spread. Set out a bottle of wine, crackers, cheese and fruit. Keep it simple.
7. Clear off a work space
Perfection is not needed. You’ll need a cleared off space for food + drink, comfortable chairs and space to work. That’s it. Want to get fancy? Play some fun music and make sure your bathroom has toilet paper (wink).
That’s it! You guys are going to have the best time and before everyone leaves, make sure you know who is hosting the next night. Remember, you need this and so do they.
Have fun, friend!