Hello! Again, I’ll shout I’m alive! I know it has been a bit since my last post so I have lots of fabulousness for you today! It was recently I heard of these Pinterest Parties… sounds awesome right? I knew this was the perfect theme for a get together with the girls!
How do you host a Pinterest party, you may ask? Oh your in luck Im giving you the step by step guide to make this party planning much easier than it seams…
1 month before: Send the invites, I’m always late on this step, I guarantee a much better turn out if you do it this way rather than the usual text the week before. Get everyone to bring a dish they’ve pinned and never tried. Want to save your guests some work? Add a cost per person that they can charge with the RSVPs (tons of websites have this option, try Eventbrite, then you can buy the supplies for everyone… This is much easier than the popular bring a craft your working on option I’ve seen…. I mean really what craft are you working on?!!
2 weeks out: Start looking for what crafts you would like to make close to your budget per person. I chose three crafts but more on that later. Remember if you have each person pitching in for themselves you can spend the money you would have spent on the party anyways and make it that much more over the top! You can start a group board and get all party attendees to add thier ideas for crafts on Pinterest.
1 week out: Buy supplies!!! Buy extra for any last minute RSVPs and return the any leftovers later. Get extra tables, chairs, table clothes, and general party supplies (vases, dishes, glasses) rented if you need extra. Buy cute glass vases to hold some of the supplies (think dollar store), this will add a little something to your table. Oh you have vases to clean rinse the paint brushes in….Fancy. I think so. HINT: Use plastic table clothes, I may never say this again, but this is a crafting party… Glue, paint, all things that are bad for your linens.. So don’t be ridiculous!
2 days before: Buy the ingredients for your dish and seasonal flowers (refrigerate to hold the fresh look). Buy beverages, I had a brunch so I bought ingredients for a juice bar. HINT: Ask a few people to see if you need to add a savory or sweet dish yourself based on their dishes. I added a plate of good extra crispy bacon and it was perfect (add that to the list too, bacon, always bacon).
Make one of each craft, it’s much easier to explain the complicated online directions to somebody after you’ve done it yourself, plus it’s super cute to display on the table. Still go ahead and print several copies of directions for each craft for your guests.
1 day before: Make your dish ahead as much as possible, I made sweet rolls up until the point they were just ready for the oven, covered, and refrigerated over night. You can find the recipe for the raspberry sweet rolls here. I added a simple drizzle of icing (1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp good vanilla, and 2 Tbsps milk). They were super easier but delicious! I cooked the bacon on a griddle and threw it on a cookie sheet in the oven the next morning so it was warm. Make your flower arrangements now, you can’t have a party with out flowers..
I bought a small bouquet from the store and picked roses out of my front yard to fancy it up a bit. Hold your bouquets in the refrigerator overnight.
Your refrigerator is party ready!
Oh and music, of course choose your party music. I played She and Him throughout the party because it doesn’t get more girlie that a band with Zooey Deschanel
Morning of the party: Set your tables up with your supplies and the drink table up with whatever your beverage selection may be. Put your dish in the oven and enjoy a cup of coffee while you wait on your guests to arrive.
Now for the pictures from the party…
My backyard all decked out! Special thanks to the hubby for the lighting and hanging my banners!
And I say again… The food.. It was that good!
Oh please notice my flower arrangements, I lined the glasses with collard greens from the backyard. I thought it was awesome!
My juice bar, sparkling juice to make it more girlie..
The painting table, find the tutorial we used here.
I love my farmers baskets, I used them to put my paints in today but I somehow add them in to every party!
The ombré tote craft table, we used this idea!
Finally the fabric flower craft table, craft link here!
Oh… I forgot to mention, I used a Pinterest and Pajamas theme… I hope your Saturday has been as fabulous as mine, happy weekend from our home to yours!