I know, not a nutrition related post but you know sometimes you have to throw the lifestyle part in there to let people know there is more to life then being really really ridiculously into food (Zoolander anyone?). Don’t worry there is some info on food actually because I craft food and drinks WAY better than I can craft anything else!
Christmas is right around the corner, it’s crazy to think because it hasn’t even been cold here in Upstate, NY. Last year this time we had plenty of snow and had even been snowboarding. My husband may complain of the lack of snow but I am quite content. This past weekend me a few of my gal pals decided to have a get together to make some crafts both because it’s fun and because DIY crafts are some of the most thoughtful gifts you can get people (and cost effective.)
Since we had just got a kitchen table it was about time we broke it in. Per JJ’s rules, no glitter on the table so we made sure to put sheets down and cover it up. Unfortunately the ground was not well protected and I’m pretty sure there will be glitter there until the end of time, but let’s be honest what girl doesn’t like a little glitter? Oh and there also may be rice on the ground, I may have spilled an entire bag the other morning, let me go ahead and use my old favorite saying “I used to be a swimmer sorry!”. Good thing vacuums these days are super efficient and clean up my mess. Ah, anyway back on track here, craft night.
You want to know how to host a craft night, right? Well here is how it went down…
Step 1: Find a night that works for the majority of people
Step 2: Send out a hilarious email requesting people to bring wine, chocolate, cheese and come in slippers and comfy clothes.
Step 3: Make a Pinterest board and pin any and all things that could be crafted (even if you know a Pinterest fail will ensue).
Step 4: Find out who is coming, what food/drink they will be bringing and if they plan to do crafts or not (because let’s be honest some people just want to hang out and have a good time.)
Step 5: Plan food & snacks, clean the house-ish, remove anything that can get damaged from table and surrounding area, set up enough chairs for everyone….
Step 6: Let them in! Your friends that is.
Step 7: Eat & pour the wine first, no need for hangry guests, let them eat and calm down with the wine. Then and only then, throw those sheets on the table and get cracking, wait remove the food first, don’t throw the sheets over the food! Have a leader for each craft so that there is a semi-ordered way of going about these crafts. You don’t want to go home with an ornament covered in icing and a cookie covered in glitter now do you?
Step 8: Have fun, laugh, drink and be merry! Dance to some Christmas tunes and wake up with cool new DIY gifts and all the leftovers, jackpot!
Now that you know what it takes to have a craft night, do you want to know what we had at ours? Great, let me fill you in!
Sweet & Sour Meatballs (gluten-free)
Roasted Beets with goat cheese & basil (from my article in Edible Capital District)
Raw veggies (mushrooms, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, cucumbers, etc) with hummus and guacamole.
Chips & Salsa.
Assorted charcuterie & cheese: the winner for me was Grafton Village Maple Smoked Cheddar from VT. There was also some cheese with a coffee crust, yup, I was left with the leftovers and I would say I won that cheese game.
Assorted chocolate: the winner in my book was Alter Eco’s Dark Coconut Toffee.
Different Blend Bakery Cookies: If you live in the Albany area, head on over to this brand new gluten free bakery, deliciousness and you will be treated with no gluten what so ever in that place, unless of course you are gluten, are you? The chocolate chip cookies taste just like regular cookies, amazing.
Red & White Wine galore. Each gal brought their own bottle(s) to share. It was a perfect assortment and something for everyone.
Water. Because I am a good dietitian.
A melting snowman ornament. Sounds confusing but is actually adorable. A lot of glitter involved and a snowman that will come back year after year. Here’s a video of how to make one (ours was a bit different so feel free to be creative!)
White clay ornaments. We rolled out the dough, cut out shapes and wrote or imprinted something on them and then baked them in the oven. I made one for our first house, AWWWWW.
Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies & Icing to decorate. (Recipe used from here!) Need we say more? Cookies to decorate and then eat…sometimes a dietitian needs a cookie, you know?
Chai tea concentrate (recipe coming soon!). I love chai lattes but I despise the ones you buy from the store, too much sugar and no idea what those “natural” flavors are hanging in there. I decided to try out a chai concentrate recipe for my friends and it turned out spectacular, now just to hammer out the details and get you the recipe, sit tight!
I actually just finished up one more craft for my hubby but on the off chance he is reading this I will have to keep in under wraps until we exchange our Christmas gifts to each other this weekend. (Yes it’s early but it’s the only time we’ll have at home together over the busy holiday break where we do the holiday family shuffle!)
Let’s hear it!
Are you making or buying your gifts this year?