I still haven't been able to get shots of the laundry room, but I hope to have those next week. :) For now I have something else I want to share with you guys!
Recently I hosted a craft night at my house for some sweet friends of mine. It's something I had been wanting to do for a while, but it's easy to put off, you know? I finally just sat down and scheduled it. Once I sent out invitations, I started making it happen! I decided to serve dinner and provide supplies for crafts so the ladies could just show up, relax, hang out and create! I just asked them to bring themselves and some cash to cover cost of supplies.
I really enjoyed the process of preparing. I am a planner at work and a planner at home. It's kind of hard to get away from, haha. It was fun picking out projects, shopping and planning the menu.
I made these little welcome bags with some of the supplies inside and a tumbler as a gift for coming, for each guest. I found the bags on Amazon Prime and they were 11 dollars for the pack, which I was happy with as they are jumbo size.
I wrote each woman's name on a cute piece of paper and attached it with a tiny, colorful clothespin. :)
The supplies gathered together:
I also decided to do a little giveaway. I made this goodie bag with various girly items that I got from Target.
For the giveaway I made this game based on the classic icebreaker game 'two truths and a lie'. For each guess a girl got correct, I gave her a tally mark and the one with the most correct guesses won the goodie bag.
It was fun hearing all the cards read aloud!
Here's the house all ready for the craft night!
I made this fun banner and printed it on cardstock to welcome the ladies in! The ladies seemed to appreciate it and I love that I can reuse it for other craft nights. :)
The table all set up for dinner with the ladies welcome bags. :)
Like I said earlier, I wanted to prepare the meal so that the ladies wouldn't have to worry about anything and really be able to have a "girl's night out" to just enjoy themselves. We did have 2 sweet ladies who brought dessert - brownies and cherry pie, which were delicious!
For dinner we had:
- Potato soup with toppings - cheese, sour cream, chives, oyster crackers
- Salad with lemon vinaigrette, pine nuts, craisins, parmesan, croutons
- Spinach cups
- Pasta salad
- Veggie tray
- Goat cheese and crackers
The table all ready with our supplies for the night.
Dinner and chit chat! Essential for ladies night!
After dinner, we cleared the tables and covered them with a large dropcloth and then got ready for our first craft! Which was painted canvases with one of our initials on it. :)
Here are the ladies getting ready to start working:
See those easels? James MADE them! All of them! In 1 afternoon! I am so in love...
He's planning to write a tutorial on his blog for them and I will link to that when he get's done. :) But let's just say I was so impressed! It was super helpful to have an individual easel for each lady to use! Love you James!!
So, the next thing we did was take our blank canvases and use painter's tape to plan out our design. I just did stripes. Here's my canvas ready for me to paint:
And there's my letter F for me to paint (for mine and James' last name). Of course I had to pick the colors that match my house. :)
After I painted my canvas and letter and they dried, I was able to glue the letter on. We used quick dry craft glue from Hobby Lobby.
And, finished products!!
It was so much fun seeing how different they all turned out! We had such a good time!
The other craft we did was yarn wreaths, but it was so late when we got done we didn't take any pictures.
I'm so glad that we did this! It was so fun to hang out with friends and create together!