Hello, party people! In a few short months, the best day of the year will be upon us: Etsy Craft Party 2013. Our fourth annual Etsy Craft Party presents the perfect opportunity to flex your creative muscles, meet up with like-minded people in your hometown, and celebrate two of the best things in our handmade lives: craft and community. This year we will be celebrating together in towns and cities across the globe on Thursday, June 20, 2013.
In a nutshell, Craft Party is a celebration of meeting and making, of creativity and community. It’s a time to meet your neighbors and share a creative skill. It’s a time to have fun and party down with your favorite craft supply in hand. Anyone can organize a Craft Party and anyone can participate — the power is literally in your hands.
This year’s theme is Craft for Community. How can you use your creative powers to make your hometown even better? With this as a guiding idea, we encourage you to think about what you love most about your city, what creative skills you have to share, and how you could bridge those elements in a fun party that builds and boosts your ‘hood. This could take the form of sharing creative skills with one another (skill-sharing), working together on a group project (collaboration), using craft as a means for positive action or activism (craftivism), or teaming up with a local organization to lend a hand — such as a community garden, park, farm, hospital, school, arts center, bike shop, thrift store, day care, senior center, soup kitchen, farmer’s market, or other nonprofit or community group – to make something happen together.
This is definitely open to interpretation, and it’s up to you to decide how you showcase the theme at your party. Consider this a fun and positive challenge! We’ll be planting more seeds of ideas and directions to take this theme in posts to come.
We will be announcing further details about Craft Party 2013 in the coming weeks, but we wanted to go ahead and give you the theme and the date to save, so you can start your scheming. Future posts will share tips for organizers, RSVP information, DIY party ideas, how-to projects incorporating the theme, and many more bits of inspiration and straight up logistical know-how.
In the meantime, here are a few links to help get your Craft Party pinwheels turning. Click the links to find out each answer:
- How did Craft Party work last year?
- What were some Craft Party stories and quotes from 2010, 2011, and 2012?
- Where can I see photos from past parties?
- Can you give me some ideas of projects to make at my Craft Party?
- Where can I connect with other Craft Party organizers?
- Do you have tips for hosting a creative gathering like this?
How would you like to celebrate Craft Party? Let us know in the comments below!