We are reflecting on our Christmas Craft Parties and Events last year. Our most popular session was Christmas Cracker Making. It is a great crafty activity to do with work colleagues, friends or family. During our sessions everyone learns how to make handmade crackers with all of the trimmings!
During one of our Christmas Cracker Making sessions one of the participants asked us the history of the Cracker, and much to my embarrassment I didn't know! So I thought I would rectify this and do some research into its history.
Apparently according to Historic UK Christmas Crackers are a British tradition dating way back to Victorian times. In the early 1850s, a London confectioner Tom Smith started adding a motto to his sugared almond bon-bons (yummy) which he sold wrapped in a twisted paper package.
He was inspired to add the “bang” when he heard the crackle of a log he had just put on the fire, which gives us all the festive feels. He decided to make a log shaped package that would produce a surprise bang and inside would be an almond and a motto. Later the sugared almond was replaced with a small gift. Originally sold as the Cosaque it soon became known by the public as the ‘cracker’.
The paper hat was added to the cracker in the early 1900s by his sons and by the end of the 1930s, the love poems had been replaced by jokes or limericks. The cracker was soon adopted as a traditional festive custom.
So there we go, the history of the Cracker thanks to Historic UK! We love the tradition, and how they are still loved and used in peoples homes across the UK today. We couldn't imagine Christmas Day without the Cracker!
If you would like to add the handmade touch to your Christmas Day, why not book one of our Christmas Cracker Making Workshops, we are sure it will go off with a bang!
Last weekend we were lucky enough to host a Flower Crown Making Party at a beautiful Baby Shower in Cheshire. We were asked to set up a crafty drop in station for mum to be, friends and family.
Often these events take place during the day time, but this was an evening of crafty fun! Did you know we can host our craft parties in the evening? Anyway it was such a lovely Flower Crown session hosted by the talented Olivia.
All 24 ladies enjoyed getting stuck in and creating. They were so proud of their makes they wore them for the rest of the evening.
Our Flower Crown Making sessions have fast become one of our most popular craft parties to date! They are so relaxing, and the perfect craft for all abilities. If you are looking to have a Flower Crown Making session at your baby shower or event get in touch! We would love to provide the Crafts and Giggles!
We can't believe we have been hosting our infamous Nationwide Craft Hen Parties since 2011...It has been the most amazing 9 years of crafty fun, more that we could ever have imagined! We have to thank our wonderful crafty clients and workshop providers for this, we couldn't do it without you!
We treat each craft hen party as unique and special, really caring about the needs of the hen party. We think this is why we are still going strong, and our hens come back!
People often ask why and how we set up Crafts and Giggles. So we thought we would share with you (a short version) of our story.
Katie the founder of Crafts and Giggles completed a Fine Art Degree is 2010. After her degree she wanted to continue to make, as well as share her passion of arts and crafts with as many people as possible. That is how Crafts and Giggles came about.
It started of with just Katie hosting the craft parties. Much to her delight their was a demand for them! It organically grew to the point where Katie needed help to host the parties across the UK.
That is when many talented freelance workshop providers were added to the books. Katie is so proud to be able to offer so many talented artists an outlet to share their creativity and knowledge with others.
The most rewarding thing about Crafts and Giggles is inspiring others. It is so surprising how many people believe they don't have a creative bone in their body! Often when they finish crafting with us they come away with a changed mindset, that they can make. That is why we love what we do!
Here's to the next 9 years! If you are looking for hen party crafts get in touch, we would love to help you!
Happy New Year everyone (only 10 days late...). This is the first time we have taken a seat! 2020 Craft Party enquires and bookings have gone crazy, not that we are complaining one bit! It is SO exciting to hear about everyone's party plans, and we are feel so lucky to be apart of them with our crafty fun!
As well as enquires for our infamous Craft Hen Parties we are receiving many Baby Shower Craft Party enquires (in fact we are hosting a Flower Crown Making Party at a Baby Shower in Chester this Saturday) and Corporate Craft enquires!
Helping people to have the best crafty experience brings us so much joy! We are bubbling with excitement to plan, and execute so many craft parties throughout 2020! If you are looking for some creative fun get in touch, we would love to help you and be apart of your celebrations!