Are you guilty of pinning a ton of craft ideas on Pinterest and never taking the time to actually create them?! If this is you, consider throwing a Pinterest Party or Craft Party! Gather a group of ladies, family or friends and get to crafting. Here are my tips and tricks on how to host the perfect Pinterest Party: Halloween Edition!
It’s that time of year again! What time would that be? Time for my yearly Pinterest Party. Last Saturday, I hosted my Annual Pinterest Party for the fourth year in a row. It’s an event that is looked forward to all year long by those close to me and one that I know your family and friends will love too.
Want to know what it’s all about?
Learn How to Host to Perfect Pinterest Party: Halloween Edition
What exactly is a Pinterest Party? A Pinterest Party is just a fancy name for a craft party. About four years ago, I had the bright idea of having some family and friends over to create a holiday craft and snack on some yummy food. I was one of those people who spent hours pinning all those beautiful crafts and holiday ideas on Pinterest but never actually followed through with making them.
Are you guilty of that too? It’s okay! At least you’re in good company. I’m referring to myself in case that wasn’t clear. Yes, I’m bragging. It’s an Aries trait.
Thus far, I have hosted two Christmas-themed Pinterest parties and one Halloween/Fall party. The Type A personality in me couldn’t dare to live with an odd number so I chose to focus on a Halloween craft for this year’s festivities.
And yes, in case you were wondering, my perfectionistic personality is now content that everything is even!
Speaking of that Type A perfectionistic personality of mine, my organization for this Pinterest Party is on point! I honestly have thought of every single detail when it comes to hosting my craft party. Plus, I’ve had four years of practice to refine anything that hasn’t worked along the way.
If you’re this type of person too, you know who you are…the crazy organizer, detail-oriented, won’t bother doing something unless you know you can do it perfectly…then you’ve come to the right place. I promise I won’t let you down!
For starters, I wanted you to know that I have already created a previous post of my Christmas Pinterest Party from last year. It walks through everything (I mean absolutely EVERYTHING!) from the sending out of the invitations, to the party food, and the final products we created. It’s extremely thorough a must read if you’re looking to throw the Ultimate Pinterest Party. Plus, you have to check out the adorable Christmas candle holder mason jars we made!
So now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to this year’s party.
Choosing the date is the first step in creating the perfect Pinterest Party. Let me explain. The date is what I use to determine the theme of my party. I always try to plan a craft for the upcoming holiday season so that my guests can display their creations for all to see. This year’s party was scheduled for late September so I went with a Halloween craft. Again, this was mainly because I needed to make sure I had that even number of Christmas and Fall-related crafts…First World Problems, I know!
Once you have chosen the date, it’s time to search your Pinterest account for 3 easy holiday-related craft ideas. I recommend choosing easy crafts because you don’t want anyone not attending your party merely because they don’t consider themselves to be crafty. The easier the craft, the less intimidating it will be for your guests.
Honestly, I search for “kid crafts” when on Pinterest because I know they will work for everyone at the party. If you need help finding good ideas, feel free to visit and follow my Pinterest account. I have almost 20,000 pins so you’ll have plenty to look at.
Don’t act surprised by that number, I did tell you I LOVED Pinterest.
Once you find the three crafts, take a screenshot of them to place in the invitation. More details on this next.
Have you used Evite before? If you haven’t used Evite before, you’re missing out. It’s an online platform that allows you to send out invitations and manage your event from a computer or an app on your phone. You can send invitations through email, on your social media accounts or even through text. I have used it to organize all four Pinterest Party invitations.
Here is where I get to explain to you how I actually coordinate my Pinterest parties. In the last step, I picked three possible crafts for the party. In the invitation, I post a picture of each craft and number them 1, 2 and 3.
These were this year’s choices:
Evite has a polling feature that you can add to your invitation. It is pretty awesome if I do say so myself! I allow my guests to vote for their favorite of the three crafts using the poll and the craft with the majority of the votes is the one we create the night of the party.
Because of my Type A personality, I like to take full control of buying all the materials. By doing this, I know that everyone will have what they need the night of the party. My guests just reimburse me for the craft on the night of the event. I explain in the invitation that the craft won’t cost more than $10. I update the invitation with an exact amount owed once I purchase the supplies.
Here’s the message I added to the invitation this year:
Back by popular demand, I proudly announce the 4th Annual Pinterest Party/Halloween Edition! 👻
It’s time to dust off our crafting skills with a fun Halloween craft. The way it works is I will post three different crafts and you’ll vote on your favorite one. The winner of the vote will be the craft we create on September 29th! The craft will be easy so no need to be intimidated. The cost will be no more than $10 and you can pay the day of the party. I purchase all the materials for you so you can just show up and be ready to have an excellent time!
Drinks and appetizers will be served…Halloween-inspired, of course 🎃
*Please RSVP by September 22nd. I will need an exact number of people attending in order to purchase the materials.
**Feel free to bring a friend or your kids (as long as they’re old enough to complete the craft). Just change the number of how many are coming when you add your RSVP.
Note that I ask everyone to RSVP at least a week before the party. I do this for my own sanity so that I have some notice to get all the supplies in time for the event. I always buy a few extras, too.
The next thing you’ll want to do is decide on the food and drinks for the party. Because everyone will be busy crafting, your best bet is to go with easy appetizers and small bites so that your guests can graze all evening long.
Here are some of the dishes I made this year. Thanks to my bestie Kristen for taking the pictures for me. She knows me all too well and figured I’d get busy welcoming guests and forget to take my own pictures…
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- Pumpkin Butter Squares
- Halloween Trail Mix found in the pails. (I substituted the Brach’s Football Candy in the recipe for Brach’s Halloween Candy Corn)
- Spinach Dip
- Italian-Style Veggie Pizza
For the beverages, I made a pitcher of Caramel Apple Sangria. I also had a crockpot of my two-ingredient apple cider for an alcohol-free option. Make sure you have bottled water too!
Before your guests arrive, you want to set up your craft tables with all the materials you and your guests will need. Place all of the personal items each guest will need at their spots on the table. For example, this party we made created googly eyes mason jars. I made sure to have a mason jar, a paint brush, and paper plate in front of each person. Items like the googly eyes, paint, paper towel, and baby wipes just got placed in the center of the table for communal use. I have also found it really useful to set up two snack tables on different sides of the room for blow dryers. The blow dryers allow your guests to speed up the drying process of their paint.
Once all your guests have arrived and had a bite to eat and something to drink, it’s time to get to crafting. This is by far my favorite part! Give directions on how to put together the craft before everyone gets started. It’s also a good idea to provide pictures for everyone to look at. You’ll end up with some people who do the craft exactly like the picture and others who just take the general concept and run with it. The ideas your friends and family come up with will amaze you!
You’ll notice that everyone really gets focused on their final product and there’s not much else for you to do at this point. Take a load off and craft right along with your guests. Some people will refill their drinks in between or grab a snack. Others will talk at their tables and help one another along the way. It’s just a great bonding experience for everyone involved. Your job as the host is to sit back, relax, and craft the time away.
And there you have it. How to Host the Perfect Pinterest Party: Halloween Edition! My hope is that I have inspired you to want to recreate this party idea for you and yours. I guarantee it will be a hit and a shindig you will find yourself hosting for years to come.
If you want to experience a party like this for yourself, come sign-up for my Virtual Pinterest Party! Every Thursday night in November (except Thanksgiving), I will pop on Facebook Live at 8 pm EST to host my Virtual Pinterest Party. Click the picture below for more details and to RSVP. I hope you can make it!
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