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Save the Date for Etsy Craft Party 2013

Apr 16, 2013

by Julie Schneider handmade and vintage goods

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.

JonPaul Douglass

Brooklyn Craft Party 2012

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:

Mercury Studio

Durham Craft Party 2012

Let’s get ready for Craft Party together. Share your party prep photos on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #CraftParty. We may even include them in a recap blog post or on Facebook!

How would you like to celebrate Craft Party? Let us know in the comments below!

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