When it comes to throwing a jewelry making party, the most important thing to remember is that a good plan makes for a great party. The best party can be planned in just a few simple steps and will leave you and your guests with fantastic memories.
The first step is to make the most important decisions about the party. You will need a location, a date and time, and a guest list. You want to choose a space that has enough room for the amount of guests you plan to have, and one that includes the proper accommodations. You will need a table and chairs, plenty of moving room and a relatively close restroom.
Next, compile the guest list for your party. You will want to keep it fairly intimate, and you will want to consider whether jewelry making is something that would be of interest to each of your guests. After you have chosen the attendees, pick a date and time for your party. Consider things like whether your guests have a traditional weekday, nine to five jobs, whether they have children and other family responsibilities, how long you think the party will last and whether or not you need to leave time for dining or socializing.
Once those basic decisions are made, you will need to choose a style for your party. Typically, a craft party like this would be casual, but you may want to spruce it up a bit with some fancy food or a theme. Something else to consider is whether you would like to arrange for an instructor for your party. You may be able to locate a professional in the field that would give jewelry making instruction in exchange for marketing their products to your guests or advertising their store if they are a shopkeeper. This is a great way for your guests to learn a new craft if jewelry making is not something they have tried before.
Taking into consideration the time of your party, you will need to decide if you will serve food at the event. It is a good idea to have plenty of beverages and snacks on hand regardless of the time, but you may want to serve a meal before or after the jewelry crafting. Consider a meal like a brunch that could be as simple as bagels and juice and coffee, but it would give your guests a chance to chat beforehand, so they could concentrate on the jewelry once they begin. Other simple ideas for food are desserts, appetizers, or cocktails.
The final thing to consider prior to the party is how you will arrange the supply of the materials for the jewelry making. An inexpensive way to do this is to provide your guests with a list of basic needs and let them bring their own. This also ensures that each guest will find materials suited to their taste. An alternative to this would be to have your guests bring a variety of supplies to share with everyone. You may want to suggest each guest bring a complete set of materials and trade, or assign each guest a category, such as beads, or clasps and instruct them to shop for the appropriate number of guests.
If money is not an issue, you can always buy a variety of supplies to share with your guests. This can be tough not only because of cost, but it may be difficult to please everyone’s individual tastes on your own. If you feel uncomfortable enough to ask guests to bring their own supplies, this is a great option.
With the proper planning, you will be able to relax and enjoy yourself with the guests at your party. You may want to recruit one special guest as your assistant that can help you to ensure the actual party runs smoothly. At the end of the party, prepare small goodie bags for your guests to take home with them. It may include some extra jewelry making materials or ideas for future products.
It is a nice idea to offer some follow-up with your guests as well, after the event. Your assistant or you can take photos of the guests that can later be shared. If you do not want to send a formal thank you for attending the event, consider a casual survey, where you can ask your guests what they liked best about your party, or what they would change. This is a great way to get ideas for your next party.
If your guests purchased any products at the party, from yourself or from an instructor, be sure to follow up with the orders. If they are to receive the order from another person besides yourself, be sure to call each guest to ensure that they received their product and were pleased with it. A good host will show concern for anything that occurred at her party, even if she is not completely responsible for the merchandise.
Lastly, be sure to save all of your guest’s contact information and any demonstration jewelry for your next party. With the proper planning, you will have a great party that you will want to throw again and again.Lastly,