I am part of a local Mom's Meet-up group. I have been a very inactive member this year, but am trying to jump back in. We have a great group of organizers and one of the things that we have every month is a Mom's Night Out. This month one of the organizers (this is her blog - One Crafty Momma and Facebook - Sew Victoria Sew, go check them out) wanted to host a Pinterest Party! I have been excited about this since it was first mentioned. The idea was that every guest bring a prepared recipe from and Pinterest Pin, a fall/Halloween craft made/inspired by a Pinterest Pin to exchange white elephant style and then we were going to make 5ish (I think it ended up being 7) crafts at the party.
They organizers went above and beyond just that. They had a TON of businesses that donated items to be given away as well as goody bags for each guest that contained coupons, discounts, crafted items, personalized items, and just plain good stuff!
There was a lot of planning, time, crafting, and organizing that went into making this a success.
Tile Coaster and Chipboard Letter Station.
Baking Sheet Memo Board Station.
You could use chalkboard paint or paper and mod podge.
Painted Plate or Coffee Mug Station
Bird Nest Necklace Station
Fabric Covered Button Station
Diy Sugar Scrub Staion
Gifts that everyone made to exchange.
There was so much food, and it was so good!
Check out these cute cups that everyone got to drink out of for the night, and then take home.
I personally think that these would be great for any party.
Check out all of the loot I cam home with.
This is the awesome gift that I that I
received stole. I just had to have the Alabama coasters and the etched "give thanks" dish. I was also really excited about the 52 Things We're Thankful For book made from a deck of cards. I have thought about making one a time or two and then decided that I would probably never finish all of the cutting and glueing, so this was a total win for me. :)
Here is a close-up of the etching one side of the dish.
I drew an owl on my plate, covered the baking pan in chalkboard paint, ran out of time to do anything to the C, covered my tile coasters in with owl printed paper and mod podge and then sealed them, glued buttons to magnets, made the sugar scrub, and attempted to make a necklace.
My necklace doesn't resemble a bird's nest at all, but that was on purpose. I picked beads and grew rather attached to them. I didn't want to change them even after I realized that they looked a little inappropriate in a nest, one was long, 2 were small and round, and just didn't quite look like eggs. So, I chose to wrap them more organically. ;)
I still need to bake this plate, but it seems as though I have grown fond of owls here lately. I need to do a roundup of all of the owls that have made a home in my house over the last few months.
How cute are these name tags?
Pretty sweet, right?
I took Garden Bacon Monkey Bread to eat,
and of course the craft that I made to exchange was the Herringbone Pumpkin.
Here is where I have to fess up. I was proud of my pumpkin and thought it would be a big hit, but at the last minute I decided to add a "Thanks" Banner that I had in my cabinet. In my mind I was thinking, the banner was great, I don't have a place for it in my home anymore, I will just add it as a BONUS to what I already made for someone else to enjoy. I didn't make the banner. I won it in a giveaway on another blog. I was not at all trying to pass it off as something that I made, it honestly didn't even occur to me that people would think I made it. I'm sorry. I felt like I jerk when it hit me that everyone thought I made the banner, and I'm pretty sure everyone liked the banner more than my cute herringbone pumpkin. :(
So, if you go to a party and are supposed to bring something that you made, don't have a brain lapse and think that that includes anything that is handmade unless it was made with your hands. You will feel like a jerk.
The Pinterest Party was a lot of fun, and I think that everyone enjoyed all of the hard work that was put into it. Have you ever hosted a crafting party that was this involved? How did it go?
Three more questions....If you were going to attend a Pinterest Party what would you bring to eat, what would you bring as a gift to exchange, and what craft would be your top pick to make at the party?
*Pinterest isn't affiliated in any way with this blog, or the party I went to. We just had a good time bringing some of our pins to life.