How to Host a Successful Holiday Craft Party! Invite friends over for fun crafts, food and drinks. Make DIY Candle gifts to give during the Holidays.

It doesn’t take much time to plan a craft party with friends, and the holidays are a perfect time to host one! What’s more fun to a craft lover than getting creative with good friends and great food!

To make good use of my studio while the kids were at school, I invited some friends over to make DIY decor for Thanksgiving out of candles and mason jars. With a few craft supplies and delicious food such as my favorite Ristorante Pizza, it ended up being a great day!

Everyone got to take home something pretty for their home or to use for gifts.

 Holiday Craft Party Tips. How to make crafts for DIY Gifts.

Never hosted a craft party? Here are a few simple tips to help you get started. I hope you are inspired to invite some friends over after seeing what we did. It was a blast! Be sure to read all of the post, as there is a fabulous giveaway from Ristorante below to help you plan your own holiday party. Yay!

What will you make?

To host a craft party, first of all you need to decide what craft you would want to make. Pick a date, then invite some friends to join you! To decide on the craft, start with a theme such as a specific holiday or room of your home. Think of supplies you already have that you could repurpose with a little paint, ribbon or paper.

Holiday Craft Party Tips. How to make crafts for DIY Gifts.

I chose repurposing candles and mason jars because I already had a ton of these around the house. Plus, decorating candles and jars are very easy and a craft project anyone can make in about 10 minutes. Didn’t they turn out gorgeous? I can’t wait to decorate my Thanksgiving table now!

Fun 10 minute project! How to make Candle and Mason Jar Crafts for DIY Gifts.

What will you bring?

Ask guests to bring something. Whether it’s craft supplies, food or drinks, it’s always nice to have a little help in each of those areas. Figure out what you need and make sure you have plenty of supplies.

Holiday Craft Party Tips. How to make crafts for DIY Gifts.

I stocked up on all kinds of ribbon and fake fall leaves for my party. I love the selections of burlap ribbon available now in most craft stores. For candles, most of my friends brought their own, but I found some inexpensive candles just incase.

My friend Terri brought over a few pasta sauce jars that she had removed the label and spray painted the lids. She ended up winning the prize for the most creative! – Yes, I always love to have prizes at my parties:-)

Holiday Craft Party Tips. How to make crafts for DIY Gifts.

What food will you serve?

I like to serve appetizers and desserts that are fast and easy.

My go to party food is Ristorante Pizza as it tastes just like homemade. For my craft party, I cut the Spinaci pizza into bite sized squares. This unique pizza is layered with savory leaf spinach, sun-ripened tomatoes, cheese and mozzarella and a hearty garlic sauce. 

Several guests asked if I made it. I wish I could say yes! If you haven’t tried this brand of pizza yet, head to the frozen section of your grocery store and get some. You can find where at the store locator here.

Holiday Craft Party Tips. Ristorante Pizza.

How cute is this pumpkin cheese ball? My friend Barbara brought it and I couldn’t resist sharing the photo. It was delicious, I’ll see if she will share the recipe with us soon!

Pumpkin Cheeseball Appetizer. Cute Idea for Fall and Thanksgiving!

What will you do at the party?

Now that your food is planned, make sure crafts are taken care of. Have samples ready to show guests when they arrive. Here are a few of my samples…

  Making a Burlap Candle is such a fun and easy craft! Use for a DIY Gift or Centerpiece.

Making a Burlap Candle is such a fun and easy DIY craft! These would be gorgeous on a Fall Party Centerpiece.

For decorating candles, there was a lot of hot glue involved, so I made a separate area just for the glue guns. I’m glad I did, because it was a big mess! If you have a glue gun station, put some newspaper down to save your table.

Make sure to take lots of pictures too. The sillier the better!

Burlap DIY Candle Craft. DIY Craft Party.

 Burlap DIY Candle Craft. DIY Craft Party.

What you’ll need to decorate jars or candles:

  • Jars & Candles
  • Ribbon
  • Burlap Twine
  • Leaves
  • Small Ornaments and Jewels
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Trim the ribbon and arrange your design. Hot glue the layers and accessories to the ribbon, then glue the final design to the jar or candle.

Burlap Mason Jars are an easy DIY craft! These would be gorgeous with candles for a Thanksgiving table centerpiece.

Holiday Party Giveaway!

Ristorante Holiday Giveaway! Host a party this season with Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel party goods! Enter giveaway at

Enter to win this fabulous giveaway from Ristorante to help you plan a holiday party of your own!

Prizes include…

  • Vineyard wine decanter with wood base, Pottery Barn
  • Slate wine tag, set of four, Pottery Barn
  • Tondo 12” round platter, Crate and Barrel
  • 2 Ristorante Pizza coupons

Follow directions on the widget and good luck!


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  1. My girlfriends and I had fun painting on porcelain plates and mugs and then baking them

  2. My favorite party is a painting party. It's where a bunch of friends get together to help each other paint a room or two. It makes a chore go by faster, there's always a good laugh or two, and it's fun helping each other out.

  3. I enjoy making Holiday Cards or Ornaments, although I have never hosted a craft party, I just might!

  4. Love this! I always host a crafternoon with friends! This year we are also doing a holiday crafternoon brunch! I love seeing everyone’s creative side come out and see all the different projects!

  5. Any new craft is probably my favorite craft, keep moving forward… I love warm tones and colors!
    Probably my favorite party theme idea is a little girl's victorian dress tea party with scones and camomile tea and cookies and warm apple cider 🙂

  6. New favorite activity is playing Head's Up as a group, non competitively. Just enjoying louts of laughter and goofiness!

  7. Favorite party activity is everybody, kids and adults alike all playing games, card games, board games, just having a good time together.

  8. I have never had a party so I don't have any great ideas. I do like the idea of a craft party and would love to make Christmas wreaths.

  9. Traveling to my parents home every year where I also get to see my sisters and their families. We all help with finishing touches to the dinner and then sit to eat. Afterward we gather in the family room to catch up with all the latest news from each other.

  10. My favorite party activity is at Christmas with all of the lady friends where we play a Christmas exchange game.

  11. I love to do all crafts. I find new ones everyday and can’t wait to get started. My favorite is working with nature like leaves and acorns.

  12. My favorite craft for the holidays is the tablescape. I guess that can involve a lot of individual crafts, but it is so much fun.
    Mary Beth Elderton

  13. My favorite party activity is always the food, whether it’s cooking together or eating together!

  14. My favorite party activity is games! It reminds me of being a kid again lol

    Your pics are great & looks like a fun party y’all had!
    Thank you for the chance to win!

    Joey J.

  15. My 3 daughters and I like to get together and make Christmas ornaments…I also love to make personalized gift tags.

  16. I’ve had a cookie exchange for the past 15 years and we always make a craft. Last year was the most practical- DIY sugar scrub with options to put orange zest, lemon, or lavender!! Smelled and felt so good!

  17. I love scrapbooking and card making with friends. We share so much and learn so much about each other and our families through our photos. It’s such a blessing to be with these ladies.

  18. We love crafting parties. We have planned an all day party and each guest brought a craft activity to share for the rest of the guests. It is a great way to expand one’s knowledge with friends’ expertise.

  19. Simple is always best, especially when there are people less enthusiastic about crafting. 😉

  20. Spending time with friends and family is my favorite activity, I don’t do it nearly often enough!

  21. My favorite “craft” to make at holiday parties is cookies and gingerbread houses with the kiddos and their friends.

  22. My favorite craft of finding things I can paint and add a little something to make it feel brand new again!

  23. I love making small gifts (mostly papercrafting) for teachers and co-workers! you don't have to spend a ton of money to show people you care 🙂

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