Celebrate the summer by inviting your girlfriends over for an afternoon of crafting. This bright and colorful event was inspired by Joy Cho’s newest book, Oh Joy! 60 Ways to Create & Give Joy. If you are not familiar with Joy, she is the voice behind lifestyle blog, Oh Joy!, and is one of my favorite bloggers. She has an eclectic sense of style, favoring bright colors and patterns with a hint of vintage. I strongly identify with her sense of style and love of color. Click through to see how I wove her influence throughout my crafting party and my tips for hosting your own event.
Before the craft supplies came out, I covered my table with white craft paper to protect the surface. At each place, I put the supplies to create a fabric beaded necklace. (Instructions coming to the blog soon!) I placed a tray in the center of the table with some of the most used craft supplies so everyone could reach. I also put out some extra supplies so friends could be inspired and create other projects during the course of the party.
Easy to grab snacks and refreshing beverages are key during a crafting party. I served a simple menu of fresh veggies and dip, no bake flax energy bites and watermelon lime cooler. I placed veggies in mason jars for easy snacking access. The no bake flax bites are healthy, but taste delicious and are the perfect size for snacking. Guests could serve themselves the cooler and add mint or cucumber to their beverage
Watermelon Lime Cooler with Cucumber or Mint
Small seedless watermelon
Sparkling lime water
To make fresh watermelon juice, cut the watermelon open and cut into pieces, removing the rind (I just cut the top off of my watermelon and scooped out the fruit so I could place flowers in it durning the party). Place the watermelon pieces in a blender and puree until it is well mixed. Strain the juice into a bowl and discard the pulp.
When you have 4 cups of watermelon juice, add to a pitcher along with two sliced limes. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve and top with sparking lime water. Serve cucumber slices and mint with the cooler so guests can make their combinations.
This is a perfect summer refreshment and would be delicious with vodka or gin if you are looking for an adult version.
Taking a cue from Joy, I spray painted my watermelon and added a bright bouquet of flowers. It also served as a display for the sample beaded fabric necklace we were crafting.
Your girlfriends are sure to love a bright and colorful craft party filled with delicious and healthy snacks, great conversation and of course, a great craft project!