A Fabric Flower Pin Craft & Chocolate Fountain Party

An (in)RL Craft & Chocolate Party!

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was jam packed and I’m all worn out from hosting several events this weekend, but I had a lot of fun! If you have to be worn out, it might as well be for something fun — and especially when it is something worthwhile, right? That is what I always say. My life is always hard work, but I love most of what I get to do so it rarely feels like work!

So what was I up to (among other events) this weekend? I’m glad you asked.

Some awesome friends and I from church put together a Craft and Chocolate Party for ladies in our community! Can you say CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN? Oh yes. It was that kind of party.

Our event was a part of the (in)RL conference for (in)courage. We hosted a local meet up at our church, Voyage. It was our first real community event as a women’s group, and we think it turned out really great if we do say so ourselves! We had a great time planning it and even more fun at the event!

So what did our meet up look like? Disclaimer: I’m a home decor blogger so of course, I’m guilty of taking pictures of everything but people. That is what I do. Forgive me. There were people there, I promise, and they were lovely. I’ll talk about them too because people was what this event was all about. But first, the details of how the party came together. I do like to set the stage for people to relax and have fun together!

I love putting together party details, but I definitely have to keep things simple.

If I get too bogged down in preparing for an event, I don’t enjoy the process or the party. I have a great group of ladies (who I adore more every day) who brainstormed with me and helped out tremendously, which made the event so much better and a whole lot of fun for everyone! That is what community is all about, working together side by side for the good of the team! Love that. Thanks ladies.

Because I don’t like to get too overwhelmed in preparing for an event, I just go with the flow on a few fun themes and see how they come together. My goal is to make a party fun and memorable by creating a feast for the senses and plenty to do to keep us active and talking to each other.

In shopping for the party, I focused on having a fun spring color scheme to tie it all together.

The colors were woven through everything from our cute little polka dot paper plates I found at Target, to our delicious packets of Tazo tea and fun fruity cold drinks to our springy TJ Maxx tablecloths, loads of fabric scraps for our craft making spring flower pins, and the absolutely gorgeous tulips and flowers we had in mason jars throughout the room.

To enhance the ambience, I bought two fruity smelling candles and had them lit throughout the event. And then of course, with the chocolate fountain bubbling all afternoon, the room smelled pretty much what I imagine heaven will be like. Our food table was filled with all sorts of delectably tasty morsels!

We set up several stations throughout the room with beverages (I used metal buckets with ice for the cold drinks), a food table in the middle with our chocolate fountain, and a crafting area with several tables filled with scissors in mason jars, glue guns, needles, thread, buttons and a fun selection of fabrics with samples and instructions on how to make flower pins. People could use patterns and instructions or simply wing it like I did.

Either way, all the flower pins turned out really cute. I wish I had taken pictures of everyone with their flowers! but once the party started we were focused on getting to know each other and crafting. Wish I would have stopped everyone for a photo, though. Next time I will! Or I’ll make someone else be in charge of the people photos.

This is the flower pin I made all by myself, my FIRST one EVER! Yes, I’m pretty proud. I made it in about four minutes, it was so easy! It is VERY imperfect, but maybe that gives it a little charm (right?), so I was pretty tickled with it. I’m not crafty, as you know, so making something like this was a rare accomplishment for me.

Everyone had fun making their pins and they were really adorable! I think it was the perfect craft for a party like this because you can’t really go wrong even your first time making one. It was fun picking out fabrics and working on the pins together. We were able to chat as we worked around project tables and ooo and ahh over everyone’s pins!  It was a big hit!

I made several new friends I really hope I’ll be able to connect with again (about 50% of the people there were friends of friends!) and all in all, it was one of my most fun parties ever!

And that was the whole point of (in)RL. To make new friends and connections in our own local community!

We have a small new church, so this event not only helped us to reach out to other women, but it was fun working together with our women’s group to host our first real community event. We really do have a great group of ladies who are all the hostesses with the mostess and I’m excited to see what we can do together as a community in the coming months! We’ve got lots of plans to keep our community growing and thriving.

Wish YOU could have been there to craft and eat chocolate with us, that would have made the day even more PERFECT! Maybe next time?

Coming up this week! Lots of fun stuff.

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Comments

  1. This is great!!! Do you have a link to the directions for the flower pin craft?

  2. What a great idea! Definitely going to keep a craft station in mind when they do the next (in)RL conference…because, they seriously have to do this again…right? {grin}
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  3. This looks like it was a terrific party. I’ve been busy preparing for a Mother’s Day tea which I’m hosting for all the women in our family – a trip to Ikea and I’ve come up with a pretty pink floral theme. Trying not to do too much as I’m like you and won’t enjoy the event.

  4. Seriously – including a craft? Genius idea. We totally need to include a craft tutorial video next year!
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  5. You had me at all the flowing chocolate goodness…and then the flower pins just pushed me over the edge!

    Looks like the makings of a great time together! So girly! Love it!

    (loved seeing and hearing you on my tv this weekend too!)
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  6. The flower pin is very nice do you have directions? The chocolate fountain had me too.

    Cynthia
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  7. Melissa,
    I love crafting in a party. A. You actually get the project finished, and B. It’s a great excuse to snack of delicious goodies while accomplishing your craft. How fun is that? Great idea, thanks!
    Karen
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  8. Love it! Do you have the instructions?

  9. SueAnn
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    Craft stations…flower pins…how fun…and add to that a chocolate fountain. Wow
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  10. Looks like fun. And this is just how my brain works but there is nothing better than Coke in a glass bottle. That is what caught my eye. Oh yes, the craft was cute too.

  11. So fun! I host a weekly crafternoon for my daughter and a couple of girls in the community. I’ve been thinking that it might be time to host a mom’s craft/chocolate/wine evening. Thanks for the inspiration!
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  12. We had great fun at our (in)RL party too but no craft. We had mini cupcakes in the (in)RL colours and fruit salad too.

    It was a great way to connect and what wonderful way for your new church to connect with your RL community!

  13. I love the chocolate fountain idea! The fabric buttons are adorable as well.
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  14. You are my kind of sister!!! Your meetup looks lovely and fun. My daughter and I are making some of those flower pins this week for an event she is doing a fashion show for. In the past we have made them for family that came to her shows to wear with cloth that matched her dress and then we did them for the mothers’ flowers at her wedding to match her dress. Oh…the striped walls you have linked on the side…right up with what my daughter just did in her house. Looking forward to getting to know you through the year.
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  15. What a great idea! Women+chocolate+flowers+crafts=what else could it equal? Fun of course! I love the idea of bringing and meeting new friends, that is what community is all about. I think we are all so much more alike than we realize. I love the flower pins!
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  16. What a great idea for a party. I’m a crafty type, but I been having trouble coming up with a simple enough craft they all could do. Fabric flower pins! Perfect! And I call myself a florist! Thanks for sharing about this fun event.
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  17. The flower pin is adorable- and who doesn’t love chocolate-
    Awesome!
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