I love to throw parties, but now that I have two kids cocktails or dinner parties aren’t always appropriate. That’s why I was happy to run across some ideas for DIY crafting parties over on The Daily Meal. With great options like pie-making, canning, or stationary-making, they’ve got a host of great ideas for fun gatherings that break from the party norm.
Head below the jump for 5 great party ideas.
Canning Party 1 of 5
Canning can be a lot of work--so why not invite some friends over to help? Consider making a few small batch jams--everyone can contribute different fruits and then take home a variety. Since you'll be using a ton of dishes and the sink will be busy, serve an easy drink like beer, wine, or a pre-made punch. For food, serve up crisp veggies and chips with a homemade dip.
Pie Party 2 of 5
I love this idea! Making one pie is almost as hard as making six, so why not share the love? Pie-making and mint juleps are a great, refreshing combination.
Decoupage Party 3 of 5
This is a fun way to spend the evening. Have everyone bring pictures and magazines to share, plus an object to cover. Serve old-fashioned cocktails for this one.
Image Credit: © Flickr/saaleha
Sewing Party 4 of 5
To keep things light, focus on something simple that everyone can make, like napkins. Serve light-colored drinks, so they won't stain fabric if spilled.
Image Credit: © Flickr/oskay
Make-Your-Own Stationary Party 5 of 5
Use stamps, rubbings, and collage to create personalized stationary. As with the fabric party, serve light-colored drinks in case of spills.
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