We’ve all heard of having dinner parties just to spend time with friends and family, but there’s a new party on the rise that men and women across America are taking part in: the craft party! If you love crafting and spending time with loved ones, it’s time for you to throw your very own craft party and get those creative minds together to have fun.

What do you need?

The first thing you need is a theme. Many people use certain holidays, like Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Others use a more seasonal approach. Honestly, it’s entirely up to you, so think about when would work best and what theme you should choose.

After you’ve gotten that part out of the way, it’s time to choose the craft. This can be anything from porch or door decorations to mandala rocks, painting, suncatchers, paper snowflakes, cocktail glass decor, soap making, or even origami. The options are limitless so long as it’s a relatively quick craft. For instance, you might not want to choose a resin pour party because the resin has to sit for twenty-four hours before hardening up enough to move. Still, any craft that can be done within two hours is on the table (literally and figuratively)!

Once you know your theme and craft, it’s time to set up invites. Be sure to send them at least three weeks in advance and require an RSVP a week in advance. This is, so you have time to gather the supplies needed without buying extra for people who aren’t going to show up. Make sure you’re clear on this point. It’s also perfectly acceptable to split the cost of supplies. Any crafter will understand a $10 donation request for the art they get to make and take home. It’s okay to request an adult-only evening, as well. If your craft works for kids, great! If not, that’s okay, too. Parents deserve a night off while having fun, and a craft party is a great excuse to take some time to yourself. You can throw a kid’s craft party next time if you want to do so!

Now that you’ve gotten the invites out, don’t forget the food and wine! Half the fun of a crafting party is a gorgeous charcuterie board laden with yummy cheese, meat, and crackers with a few bottles of wine on the side. This is all about sitting back, relaxing, crafting, and having a good time.

At the end of the evening, don’t forget a group photo of everyone with their project! Be sure to get email addresses or phone numbers to send it out and ask permission if you plan to post it on social media. Don’t take it personally if someone wants to sit out the group photo! Good luck!