What’s more fun than making your own wreath? Doing it with friends or a group of people! (And, making a little money doing it never hurts either.)
Have you ever thought of hosting your own wreath party? We have heard a lot about “Paint & Sip” parties, but what about hosting a “Wreath & Sip” party. You can host one for your friends and family, or you can throw wreath parties as a way to bring in some extra income. This is a fun way to socialize and create something crafty and beautiful.
We recently hosted a wreath party at our church for a group of ladies who love to craft. It was a fabulous way for all of the ladies to have a night out and socialize, and they were surprised that they were able to create something so fun and pretty.
First, Plan Your Wreath Party:
- Plan a date. If you are hosting the party for your own friends or family, you should give your guests at least two weeks notice to plan to attend, and try to pick a date when other big events are not happening so that more of your guests can attend. If you are throwing a wreath party/class for someone else, you will need to check to make sure that you are available to teach on the date that they are requesting, and if so, go ahead and mark it on your calendar.
- Collect payment. Once you have decided on a date for your party, you will need to collect payment for supplies. I suggest setting a date ahead of time for when the payment is due. You can either charge a deposit that is expected at a certain date before the event, or charge the full amount due at sign-up. If you are hosting for your own friends or family, you will just charge them for the cost of supplies. If you are hosting for someone else, as a way to make extra money, you will charge for the cost of supplies PLUS your own time and cost of travel. For example: cost of supplies + $15 fee for time and fees = cost per person, so if the cost to make the party wreath is $30, and you want to charge a $15 fee for your time and service, then you would charge each guest that is attending the party $45.
- You will need a venue with plenty of table space. Restaurants, hotels, and churches are great places to hold wreath parties. Each guest will need about 2 feet of personal space to be able to work comfortably.
- If you are concerned about a mess, I recommend purchasing cheap, plastic table cloths to cover the tables. Dollar Tree is a great place to find inexpensive table cloths.
- Decide if you want to have food and drinks at your party. If you are hosting a party for your friends and family and want to have guests bring finger foods and drinks, let them know ahead of time, and plan accordingly. You will to need to provide plastic plates, napkins, utensils, and cups for your guests. If you are teaching the class and people are paying you to attend, then you will want to decide if you want to provide light refreshments and drinks for the class, and the cost of such should be calculated and determined in your fees.
- Invite people to your party! Let them know that even if they have never made a wreath before in their life that you are there to walk them through it step by step!
Next, Plan Your Wreath Design:
Decide what type of wreath that you want to make for your party or wreath workshop. Are you making it for a specific season, event, or holiday? Do you want to make a deco mesh wreath, floral wreath, or ribbon wreath? Typically, it is a good idea to make wreaths that are cost effective and one where you know that you can easily purchase the supplies in bulk. For our wreath party, we decided to go with an easy but very pretty hydrangea wreath.
For this wreath, each person will need:
- One 14 inch grapevine wreath
- Four hydrangea stems
- Two bunches of eucalyptus
- Pre-made burlap bow
- Glue Gun and Glue (You can either request that each guest brings their own or supply a certain number for each table)
- Wire Cutters (You can either request that each guest brings their own or supply a certain number for each table)
Keep in mind, that most people attending your party, will have little to no prior wreath making experience, so it is important to break down your instructions into easy to understand and small steps. We typically always pre-make the bows in advance to save time and to make it easier on the guests. This way, they can just go ahead and place the bow(s) where it needs to be on the wreath. In my opinion, it is also really helpful to have one person demonstrating how to make the wreath and one person walking around helping the guests, so if you can get a “helper” for the party, I highly recommend doing so.
If you have ever thought about throwing your own wreath party or hosting a wreath class or wreath workshop, I would definitely give it a go. It is so much fun for you and your guests, and it’s a great way to have a fun night out and do something creative and crafty! If you have your own wreath party, let me know how it goes!
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