Thursday, March 28, 2013

Party Party Club

Recently I came up with what I thought was a brilliant idea. Then like most of my ideas, I Googled it and discovered other people have already had this idea. Oh well. The idea came to me after I bought a giant roll of pipe insulation to make some wreaths. Read more about the giant roll here.

Unless I start a wreath making business, I'm probably never going to make enough wreaths to use up the whole roll, so I thought it'd be fun to have some crafting friends over to make some wreaths. This spiraled into the idea to have a get together with girlfriends where we share some kind of craft,  decor idea, recipes, or any other party or crafting type of thing. It's a book club, without the books. The working title is Party Party Club, but I'm not in love with that name. Do you have any suggestions?

My husband came up with another use for the pipe insulation...
...drying rack for the chocolate dipped marshmallows. Brilliant!
For our first meeting of the Party Party Club I told everyone to "Think Spring" as they decide what kind of  craft or food they were going to bring to share. I provided the material for everyone to make their own wreaths. We had a great time creating, laughing, and sipping sangria. Here are some of the dishes and decor at the party.

The craft supplies, plus some spring decorations. 

Glue sticks, glue gun, scissors, and tape measure all displayed in flower pots.
Chocolate covered marshmallows with crushed Oreos, crushed graham crackers, and pink colored sugar. 

On the right, the decorated marshmallows are displayed in a flower pot. 
Found another use for the pipe insulation. Used it to hold the marshmallow "flowers" in the pots

Then I covered the styrofoam with brown tissue paper
The finished marshmallow flower display

Straws were decorated with flowers cut from scrapbooking paper.

Strawberry basil sangria on the left, a virgin pitcher on the right for the mama to be.

Sausage, sun dried tomato, roasted red pepper, artichoke, and basil skewers.
Here is the recipe I used for the skewers.

Crostini with blue cheese spread and tomatoes

Pasta salad with asparagus and artichokes

Pretzel and chocolate buttons. Click here for the tutorial at Sugar and Bows

Flowers, flowers, marshmallow flowers, flowers

Flowers cut from scrapbook paper with Jelly Belly centers in cupcake wrappers

And here are some of the finished wreaths from the party.

Click here to see a tutorial on how to make the wreaths.

I had such a great time catching up with friends, meeting new friends, creating, cooking, and having fun.
Oh yes, and using up some of my pipe insulation!
Can't wait for the next meeting of the Party Party Club!

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