December Crafternoon

December’s Crafternoon was a big one! All in all my crafternoon bunch is about 25 people who I’ve met at various times in my life. Lovely localish people who may not all like crafting, but don’t seem to mind gathering together for company & food. Because the crafternoons take place at different days each month not everyone can usually come and this is really good space wise. December’s crafternoon however was set for 17 people and that is quite the crowd for my older house where the rooms are on the smaller side, and I don’t have big open spaces. Seating was a challenge this time and I opted for a cafe type look with four smaller tables rather then one long one. It is still a challenge space wise, everyone is close together and getting up and walking around isn’t the easiest. But everyone is a really good sport about it. I just don’t know what I will do if one month magically everyone can come…I try not to think about it.
I have had a few people expressing interest in crafternoons and I just want to encourage everyone to start their own, it is so much fun, and I think you’ll find that you don’t have to have “crafty” friends for it to work. The focus is never on making something, or having something turn out amazing. Instead it’s about an excuse to gather, share some food, and not have that awkward stare at one another bit (especially for people meeting for the first time) because everyone is busy with their hands. This some how just helps break the ice and before you know it everyone is chatting and having a great time. If you do host one and worry about cost, you can always do potlucks, and ask every to contribute supplies.
December’s crafternoon is extra fun because of all the holiday decorating I get to do. Finally got to break out my egg nog set I found this Summer, and all my Christmas glass ware.
This was also a pie-party like last December where I asked everyone to bring a pie..sweet or savory their choice. I made a tomato corn pie, and Milk Bar’s cinnamon bun pie (although I did change the streusel I didn’t like the oats in it) We also do a white elephant gift swap, which meant a huge pile of presents!

Once everyone started arriving with the pies it was crazy, so I couldn’t get photos of all of them. However Molly was one of the first people there and she brought a cannoli pie, a spinach pie, and her husband made a chocolate marshmallow cheesecake for her to bring! Lets also talk about the fact that he got up extra early the morning of the party to create the little tiny marshmallow snowmen for the top!! It was pretty amazing.

This month we decorated wreaths in whatever style we wanted. I picked up as many wreaths as I could find at thrift shops really cheaply and many people brought their own too. Then I just asked that people bring supplies for decorating. It is always so great to see all the different styles of wreaths that everyone came up with.
I’d love to have a link if you already do a crafty-like gathering, and I am sure there are tons of other crafternoons going on out in the world, so please leave me a link if you do one too.