One of my favorite things is to have a studio full of friends, whether it is at Birdsong, a craft day, or a kid's holiday party.
I don't always get to host a bash for every holiday, but love it when the timing works out to have everyone over.
Sugarwings and Dewdrop went to Michaels with me to fill a cart with pink and red heart supplies, I nabbed a few Dollar Store tablecloths and balloons, and we were set to go.
We made faux cupcakes by gluing a styrofoam ball into a cupcake paper, smearing it with modelling compound icing, and glitter.
Lots of glitter.
Besides that, the projects weren't organized, it was every artist on their own.
Valentine cards for loved ones were a popular choice.
Dewdrop completed this one for her mommy.
Lizele made lots of colorful hearts. She is a prolific crafter.
Besides the cart full of stickers from Michaels, I had vintagey goods out too. And had saved empty valentine candy boxes to be redone.
Sugarwings and her mommy made a mail box for her upcoming class party.
The littlest workers got a bit burned out and turned to coloring books full of ponies, then decided to work with playdough. That is always a hit with Dewdrop.
The older kids had already headed out to the creek and woods behind the house when I got my camera out. They usually make a few nice things, then head outside, not caring that it was horridly cold out there. Of course, someone always slips into the creek and needs dry clothes, but it never stops them.
I really should plan more summer time craft days, where they can get out there and enjoy the woods when the weather is better.
Before the party, Sugarwings and I made chocolate dipped strawberries to serve, and I saved the plastic containers that the berries came in. Those were ideal for sending wet modelling compound cupcakes home in. Cars might have been muddy from the creek on the way home, but at least they didn't have any pink, fake icing all over them.
I can't say there wasn't any glitter drizzled into the seats, though...
My new water jug from Victorian Trading was ideal! I filled it with ice, poured cold water over it, and it was still chilly the next day.
The pottery really keeps the water cold.
For punch in the cut glass dispenser, I mixed white cranberry/strawberry juice with a couple cans of Sierra Mist. The night before, I froze cranberries in juice to make a giant, floating ice cube to slip into the punch. Very pretty, and tasty, but so easy to make.
I'm already looking forward to the next party.