Love Pinterest? Host Your Own Pinterest Party!

You’ve been pinning all year long.  Your boards are filled with clever crafts, nifty gifts, and delicious drinks.  How many of these things have you actually had the chance to make?!  If you’re like me…not very many.

setupThe budget is tight this year, so I knew I wanted to make some holiday gifts for people.  I also wanted to get together with my friends before the holidays got crazy. There’s never enough time to see everyone.  I decided a Pinterest Party would be just the thing!!  We could each make a dish/drink we’ve been drooling over and share craft supplies.  That’s just what we did.

Here are some helpful hints on how you can host your own Pinterest party:

  1. Create a Pinterest Party Board.  Pinterest allows you to invite other people to post on your board.  Here’s where all the invitees could pin ideas for crafts, food, and drinks for the party.  Each person could also get to know the other invitees and get new followers.
  2. Choose a small number of people who all enjoy using Pinterest.  My house size dictates the number of people I can invite for a craft project.  You want to make sure each person has enough room to make the craft and feel comfortable.   We are all on Facebook, so I created the invitation there.  That way we could all comment and talk to each other before the event.Food
  3. Visit the party board and “heart” the pins you’d like to do.  A week before the party, I asked everyone to submit their top three favorite craft ideas.  I made an executive decision about which craft to do (based on the votes), and then posted the needed supplies to the invite board.  Make sure to choose something that is easy enough, doesn’t require expensive or hard-to-find supplies, and doesn’t take too long to do.  I also chose something that didn’t require much drying time or baking/oven curing.
  4. Get ready for your guests!  I put on my trusty crock-pot and made some appetizer meatballs from a recipe I pinned.  Next, I made the “Better Than Sex” cake.  It was so easy–and with a name like that, I couldn’t resist!  Finally, I cleaned the house, got out extra supplies in case people didn’t have any, and sent out a reminder about what to bring on Facebook.  I also recommend putting a surge protector on the table so everyone can plug in their glue guns.
  5. HAVE FUN!

This party was so much fun!  Not every person knew each other, but that was fine.  Crafting unites people!  Plus, ever person there was a frequent Pinterest user, so everybody had that in common.

As usual with Pinterest, some of us had “fails.”  Not everything on Pinterest turns out like it looks!!  We learned from each other what not to do, what to do differently next time, and learned some new techniques.   At Dollar Tree, I happened across some Sally Hanson crackle nail polish in gold.  I thought that would be a great favor for everyone–especially since we all have tried and failed at the fancy nail polish pins!

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By the end of the night, we had all laughed a lot, eaten our fill, and had a completed craft to take home.  Each of us is armed and ready for the holiday season.  We know which appetizers and desserts to bring to a party, new recipes to try, and have a craft (with leftover supplies) we can make again as gifts.

Here are the links to all the recipes included in the post, and the craft idea!

Cranberry Meatballs

“Better Than Sex” Cake

Bacon Cheddar Dip

Easy Berry Sangria

Kaboom Cocktail

Crock-pot Mac & Cheese

Doritos Chicken Casserole

S’Mores Cookies

Red Velvet Cookies

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2 Responses to Love Pinterest? Host Your Own Pinterest Party!

  1. runningbetty November 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    I’m so glad you had links at the end because i wanted to know what that Kaboom drink was!

  2. Stacey November 19, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    what a fun ideas. I’ve had a few pinterest fails of my own – they at least make for some good stories