I invited my friends for a mid-afternoon party, knowing that it would take some time for paint/glue to dry. I planned a menu that was cocktail-inspired, including lots of heavy apps. I created a Pinterest Party board on Pinterest- all the recipes and crafts we made are there. Click any picture to go to the board.
My menu included:
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Subs from a local place
Cranberry Brie Bites
Roasted Shrimp Cocktail
Caprese Salad Skewers
Prosciutto Pesto Pizza Twists
Chocolate Mint Bundt Cake
Cornmeal cutout cookies
I set up all the food in our dining room; our buffet server opens up to accommodate more serving dishes. The globe is an antique bar cart that came from my parents' house. I always loved decorating it when I lived there, and am so glad it was passed down to me. I did some chalk art to dress up the space. The small chalkboard easels came from Walmart, the others from Michael's.
I am a sangria lover, and this was one of the best I've ever had. I combined two different reds since I didn't have time to run to the liquor store, and it came out great.
I made some caprese salad skewers and shrimp cocktail. I tried to keep my menu based on finger foods that we could eat while crafting. I promise I'll get to the crafting part in a little bit!
These prosciutto pesto pizza twists were a hit! I was able to make them the morning of the party and pop them in the oven right before my friends arrived. These are definitely going on my must-make list for future parties!
I made cranberry brie bites as a crossover between app and dessert- they had just the right amount of sweetness to balance the other savory apps. Not pictured are the subs and buffalo chicken dip- they were quickly commandeered by the husbands and taken downstairs where the football game was on.
I made my favorite chocolate cake with a mint twist. I also made grinch cookies and cornmeal cut-out cookies.
Once we had eaten our fill, we settled in for some crafting. I asked each attendee to bring enough supplies for everyone at the party to make one craft. We started with the craft that needed painting...but that one was a craft-astrophe and we didn't finish. It was fine, because we had 4 other crafts to work on.
We made mason jar candle wreaths.
We made Christmas clothespins.
We made wine-cork trivets.
And we made melted-crayon ornaments.
We laughed, we ate, we crafted, and we ate some more. It was a wonderful party and so easy to put together. I am planning to host another one for the summer- there are so many great 4th of July and outdoor crafts we can work on. This is a great and inexpensive way to get your friends together, and everyone leaves with a goody bag full of crafts.