We know that so many of our 2020 brides have regrettably had to postpone their weddings to 2021 due to the Coronavirus. We feel for you so much, as we know just how much effort, love and care goes into planning your special day.
We know it is very hard for everyone, but we are keeping as positive as possible and looking to the future. So if you are also looking ahead and planning your 2021 hen party we are here to help with lots of Crafts and Giggles!
As well as crafting being fun, great for our mental health, it also brings people together (something we will all need so much once life goes back to normal). We offer a large range of creative craft hen party workshops from Flower Crown Making to Bunting Making! The best thing is we offer these all over the UK and they are hosted by professional workshop providers.
If you are would like to find out more head to our craft hen party page or get in touch! We would love to bring the joy of Crafts and Giggles to your doorstep during 2021!
As we sit here with you all in the most unknown and unprecedented situation facing COVID-19, we are looking to the future as well as taking each day as it comes.
First and foremost we hope everyone is taking care of themselves and each other. If anything, this pandemic is making us appreciate what’s in front of our noses. We need to work together and ride the COVID-19 storm together with compassion and love.
We would be lying if we said we weren’t worried for the future, and the knock on effect it may have. In fact I just has a mini melt down because of the uncertainty we are facing.
What is keeping us going is the support and understanding of all of our wonderful clients and workshop providers. We say it all of the time but we couldn’t do it without you all!
For all of our lovely bride’s to be out there…if you are having to postpone your 2020 weddings we feel for you so so much. We are here for you and your bridal party. Please just pick up the phone for a chat, a cry, or anything. We are here to support you in any way we can.
We will stay positive, and are determined as a business to come out of this stronger than ever! We hope to continue to provide the Nation with Crafts and Giggles for many years to come!
Yesterday the lovely Anissa headed to Frieda's Tearoom in Bournemouth to host a Vintage Accessories Making Party for a wonderful hen party. It was the most perfect setting for some crafty fun and the afternoon tea was out of this world!
All of the craft hen party made beautiful Vintage themed accessorises. From headbands to brooches. They all learnt how to make stunning corsages using basic hand sewing techniques. Anissa was there throughout to help and inspire!
Our Vintage Accessories sessions are perfect fun for a hen party, or a birthday party looking for something crafty to do. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and everyone will come away with beautiful handmade keepsakes.
Thank you to the hen party group for having us, and to Frieda's Tearoom for allowing us to host the crafts and giggles in your venue. For more details about our crafts get in touch!
How is everyone? We hope everyone is staying safe after Storm Denis and Storm Ciara. As we look out of the window we can see blue sky which is a breath of fresh air!
We thought we would just take a moment to sit down and take in 2020 so far for Crafts and Giggles! As we said in a previous blog we had a good feeling about 2020, but we had no idea just how busy it was going to be! We are so grateful for everyone’s craft party enquires and booking so far!
Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves that we get to do what we love the most for a job! A lady at one of our recent Corporate Craft Workshops said "you are so lucky to be doing a job you love" and she is so right! We get so excited about every single enquiry and every single Craft Party we host!
Katie made her dream a reality back in 2011, when she set Crafts and Giggles up. She is so proud of what Crafts and Giggles has achieved, and continues to achieve. It couldn't happen without our talented freelance workshop providers, and crafty clients, so thank you!!
If you are interested in booking Crafts and Giggles for your party or event get in touch! We would love to help!
We can’t think of anything more enjoyable than crafts alongside a yummy afternoon tea! On Saturday one of our craft hen parties did just this! We organised afternoon tea at The Slug and Lettuce in York alongside a quilt making session for them!
We spent time liaising with The Slug and Lettuce to ensure the hen party's requirements were met, from their dietary requirements to a great spacious table. We wanted it to be just perfect!
Sophia hosted the Quilt Making session, and arrived at the venue before the hens arrived to ensure the crafts were set up beautifully.
The hen party enjoyed sewing the quilt squares alongside eating what looked like the tastiest afternoon tea! This is what they said about it "we had a fantastic time thank you - Helen (the bride) absolutely loved it! Sophia was wonderful and we've said we'd like to do another one of your workshops at some point. We will definitely recommend you again! Thank you very much"
Thank you very much to the hens for having us, and to the Slug and Lettuce for hosting us! If you are looking for a fabulous Craft Hen Party, get in touch! We would love to help you!
Yesterday we were lucky enough to be invited by The White Chapel Building and Derwent London to be a part of their time to change campaign with two Ceramic Painting Workshops. They were offering a week of mixed activities to encourage the staff to take time to talk, and to take care of their mental wellbeing within the work place.
It was such a wonderful afternoon, and extremely rewarding for both the participants and Katie who hosted the Ceramic Painting. The staff took time out of their busy working day to sit down for an hour and be creative. Everyone each painted a mug and coaster. The designs were fabulous!
The feedback from doing the corporate crafts was amazing! One lady said “I have an extremely stressful job, so being able to sit down and do this is lovely and so needed, thank you” another lady said “thank you, this is the best thing I have ever done” This feedback means the world to us, but it was also important to hear these words because it proves just how important creativity is for mental wellbeing.
Thank you so much for having us and allowing us to be apart of such an important campaign. We had the best time and engaged with some amazing people. If you are looking for some crafty corporate fun for your staff get in touch we would love to help!
Here at Crafts and Giggles HQ we have had the pleasure of speaking to hundreds of hen parties so far this year! We think that 202o is the year of the wedding, and what a great year to get married?! A brand new decade and brand new married life!
(Did you know that Astrologists believe that February 20th 2020 is the best day to get married because key planets for 'commitment, emotional stability and sacred contracts' will align)
We have been inundated with Craft Hen Party enquiries. From Unicorn Headdress Making to Flower Crown Making! 2020 is looking like it will be full of Crafts and Giggles for many hens! We can't wait to meet all of our wonderful brides and their bridal shower!
If you are looking to include some crafty fun into your hen party celebrations, get in touch!
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!