Saturday, October 3, 2009

Cardmaking Parties: We're seeking your advice!


We'd like your input. We're regularly asked for ideas to help people put together their own events...and many of you have knowledge to share! From large crop-style gatherings to small groups of friends, what have you learned about hosting an event? What's worked well? What pitfalls can others avoid?

Here are a few questions to start the discussion -  feel free to answer what you can or add other tips of your own! If you're thinking of hosting an event and have questions, post those in a comment as well and maybe someone will have an answer!
  1. What's the optimum number of participants? 
  2. What's a good ratio of experts on hand to help new crafters?
  3. Have suggestions on physical setup? (supplies, tables)
  4. Do  you have ideas on ways to get supplies donated? 
  5. Do you ask people to bring some basic supplies? (scissors, papercutter, adhesive)
  6. What works for advertising your event?
  7. Do you prepare cards/kits ahead? Or turn people loose?
  8. Or do you invite people to bring their own cards/ideas/supplies/projects?
  9. Snack suggestions? (mmmmmm! Don't forget the important things!)
  10. Do you have photos of your event we could share?
  11. What local businesses/clubs could be approached for help?
  12. What have you learned not to do? (if you'd prefer to share a sticky subject privately, email us and we can put a politically-correct spin on it for you!)
Once we get some feedback we'll compile your suggestions into a simpler blog post...maybe even assemble a downloadable packet or flyer posted on our site! Thanks in advance to all of you party hostess experts for your valuable input!

4 comments:

Seongsook Duncan said...

This will be a great help in the end. I already learned from my own mistakes. I will look forward to the outcome. Thanks, Sandy!

Diana, said...

Many ideas:
1. You can have an auction to raise money. YOu will need to collect donated items from local businesses. To do this you will have to write a letter head with your reason/cause for why you are needing the donation in it.
2. donation box inside local business.
3. bake sales
4. craft show with the crafters fee going to the cause. With this you will need to find a hall that will donate the room.
I have many more ideas email me at bigb45@charter.net with questions. Diana

Diana, said...

I went to a card making party once, it was a great way to get a ton of cards done in a short period of time. The lady was/is a consultant for a homebased party company and she supplied all the materials herself. I think in the 3 hours I was there we made (between 6 ladies) 150 cards, plus there was several of us that brought a few stacks of 20-40 home to finish. It was great...

Diana, said...

What's the optimum number of participants? I would say as many as your space can hold comfy.

What's a good ratio of experts on hand to help new crafters? 1 per 5- 10 ladies

Have suggestions on physical setup? (supplies, tables)
Do you have ideas on ways to get supplies donated? see previous post

Do you ask people to bring some basic supplies? (scissors, papercutter, adhesive) you can, I think this would cut the cost and save money for more paper supplies

What works for advertising your event? try to get as many FREE advertising as possible, and if not possible get a local print shop to print fliers for free and walk them door to door (hire a teen)

Do you prepare cards/kits ahead? you can, have all cards cut to size just make it where the participants only have to glue, stamp and color the cards

Or turn people loose?

Or do you invite people to bring their own cards/ideas/supplies/projects?

Snack suggestions? (mmmmmm! Don't forget the important things!) Yes, provide a small snack and drink (again a donation from a local business)

Do you have photos of your event we could share? yes

What local businesses/clubs could be approached for help? any and all (they can use this as a right off and advertisement)

What have you learned not to do? DO NOT try to do everything on your own ask for someone to help you out with the event. Plan the event a few months out not in two weeks.