Last year I started a tradition of hosting a holiday crafting party for my friends in the month of December as a way of celebrating the year together, to me it is kind of like friendsgiving but allows for a later date. The holidays can also be a very stressful time so this event allows the ladies to come together and just have fun. I invite friends from all aspects and stages of life for a girl's day filled with food and crafting. This year we visited a new business, AR Workshop, in Worthington and we had an absolute blast. Here are the details...
The Venue & Craft
AR Workshop - Worthington is a locally owned franchise boutique DIY Studio that offers instructor led classes for home decor. They offer classes 7 days a week in their super cute studio space and also have a selection of local goods to buy in the front of the shop. The Worthington location is owned by sisters Jen & Stacy and they are the absolute greatest. It was super easy to book my private event and they kept in contact with me throughout the entire planning process to make sure everything would be perfect.
The crafts at AR Workshop are all home decor, ranging from wood signs to canvas pillowcases. The prices depend on what craft you choose, for my event guests had an option between a framed wood sign ($65.50) or a wood centerpiece box ($49.50-70.50). Once you pick your base there are ample options to choose from for your design. They have a design for pretty much everything and in the case that you cannot find one you like you can do a custom design for $100.
Everything is set when you arrive and they walk you through the entire process so don't worry if you feel you are lacking in artistic abilities. Each piece is created with a custom printed stencil so as long as you are able to follow instruction you can create a masterpiece (if you happen to mess up along the way they help you fix it!). I definitely cannot wait to go back to create another piece, I made a Christmas present for my aunt and uncle at this event so now I need something for my own apartment.
Their website it linked above if you want to schedule a class or private event!
The theme for my event was Muffins & Mimosas (thanks for the suggestion Jen & Stacy!). I have a few friends with special diets so my menus have become increasingly more creative. To account for the vegan diets, food allergies, and pregnancy I crafted a menu of vegan muffins, scones, mimosas, and sparkling juice. I took a few more shortcuts this time around because as mentioned before the holidays are a busy time and sometimes it's best to get some assistance with executing your vision.
Since this event is for the holidays I created a favor bag for each lady. The bags included popcorn, a candy cane, hand sanitizer, and a holiday card. While not a large gift, this was the perfect touch to show appreciation for attending my event. When hosting an event it is always important to remember that sometimes the smallest touches mean the most.