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I’m once again suggesting you take the party outsideCrafternoon style this time! My good friend Whitney threw a wonderful crafting party in Washington Square Park last week. The event was a hit and I highly recommend throwing your own crafting party in the park, or any outdoor venue you prefer. After staking out a perfect spot in the shade, the afternoon was comprised of great friends, delicious food, adorable puppies, lots of pictures and beautiful paper flowers. While bringing craft supplies outdoors may seem counter-intuitive, the open setting gives you ample space to create. (Plus it’s so nice to be out in the fresh air during these hot summer days.)

Whether you host a big crafting event or just a get-together with a few close friends, this summer party idea is great for guests of all ages. Here are a few tips to make your own Crafternoon a success:

Throw a Crafting Party

Photo: Courtesy of Whitney Penn

Pick a Convenient Craft
Make sure you pick a DIY project that is nature-friendly — in other words, nothing that requires excessive materials, cleanliness, or, of course, electricity.  Whitney cleverly chose paper flowers for her party craft, which fit both thematically and logistically. The craft itself was simple and the components were easy to transport. Plus, if the petals got a little crumpled or dirty, it just made them seem more realistic.

More paper flower crafts: Fourth of July Wreath, Wedding Bouquet

Other easy outdoor crafts: Coiled Wire Ring, Felt Bowls, Friendship Bracelets

Throw a Crafting Party

Photo: Courtesy of Whitney Penn

Be Prepared
Whitney kindly brought enough paper flower supplies for her six party guests. But if you plan on hosting a bigger party (or just don’t want to lug a ton of supplies to the park), ask everyone to BYO scissors or other necessary items. Also, you don’t want your party to get cut short because you run out of tape or glue, so be sure to bring more than enough of everything!

Speaking of being prepared….

Throw a Crafting Party
Bring Snacks
What party would be complete without a bit of grub? Bring some snacks to keep you and your crafters fueled! At Whitney’s party, most of us brought a bag lunch for ourselves and, coincidentally, every single one of us brought cookies for the group (no complaints from this girl). This relaxed food arrangement worked out great, but if you want a more complete picnic, encourage everyone to bring a different part of a meal to share. Check out some of these yummy summer picnic recipes for inspiration.

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Encourage All Kinds of Creativity
Crafting paper flowers may not be for everyone, but a craft party is a great opportunity to exercise any creative muscle. In her party invite, Whitney encouraged guests to bring a project they were working on at the moment. The open creative environment was awesome. Whitney’s friend Helen journal-ed and sketched in between crafting flowers. Whitney’s boyfriend, Edward (above right), brought about four different cameras to document the afternoon. I joined in and snapped a few pics myself (yes, that’s me on the left taking pictures for this post.) No matter what the choice of art, an outdoor Crafternoon is the perfect venue for free-spirited creativity.

Throw a Crafting Party

Photo: Courtesy of Whitney Penn

Invite Furry Friends
I admit this one isn’t necessarily the most solid advice in the world, but isn’t Cashew adorable?! Cashew and Marshmallow joined us for the party and everyone loved having them around. The only questions to consider before bringing your pups along are 1) Will they prevent you from ever completing a craft? and 2) Would you be devastated if they walked all over your craft supplies? If you answered no to both, invite those adorable party guests!

Throw a Crafting Party

Photo: Courtesy of Whitney Penn

Throw a Crafting Party

Photo: Courtesy of Whitney Penn

Don’t Worry About Perfection
One big thing to remember when crafting outside (or anywhere for that matter) is to toss expectations of perfection out the window. I know, I know, easier said than done, but it’ll make your experience so much more enjoyable. Crafting is as much about the process as it is the final product. Surrounding yourself by the beauty of imperfection outdoors reminds you to let go and have fun!

Throw a Crafting Party

Throw a Crafting Party
Throw a Crafting Party

Photo: Courtesy of Whitney Penn

15 Responses

  1. Beth says:

    This is a great idea. The party looked like fun.

  2. Liz_HGTV says:

    Love this idea!

  3. Jenn says:

    So sweet! Glad you enjoyed my obnoxious and adorable dogs. They are both in equal measure.

  4. Jill says:

    What a wonderfully fun idea! Also a great and easy idea for a little kid's bday party!

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