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Host The Ultimate Craft Party In 5 Easy Steps

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With how busy our lives can get, we forget to take a step back and break up our routines. Sometimes it helps to do something special for yourself (and some friends) in order to de-stress and have fun. Nothing works as a pick-me-up or as a breath of fresh air in a weekly routine quite like some quality ME time. Or Us time. So why not throw a Craft Party? 

Craft Parties are all about gathering your favorite people and making crafts (and memories) together! They’re the perfect way to stay connected and have quality time with the people in your life. You’re sure to have a ton of fun, whether you’re doing something you know and love or trying something new! Below are some ideas for hosting a spectacular Craft Party! Let’s get started!

Step 1: What’s the Occasion? 

The first thing you need to do is figure out what you’re partying for. Is it a birthday? A sleepover? A night out with friends? Crafts are perfect for adding a unique spin to any and all celebrations!  

Step 2: Who’s Invited?  

Now you need to know how many guests are coming to your party so you know how many crafts to supply and can start thinking what crafts are best for the partygoers you’re expecting.  

Are you looking for everyone to have their own kit, or should people share and make something together? Do you want to try something new or make a favorite of yours? How old are the partygoers and what sort of craft would they enjoy?  

Step 3: Pick Your Craft! 

We know, this is the hardest part of all. The centerpiece of any good Craft Party is, of course, the craft! Ann Williams has you covered with crafts for all ages and interests, so it’s going to be great no matter which kit you pick.  

Here are some of our top kits for throwing an amazing Craft Party!


Craft-tastic Make A Friend Koala 

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Make your own toy! Sew a Koala stuffie complete with ready-to-wear clothes and easy-to-make accessories. Get the same kit (or others in our Make A Friend line) for all of your guests to make, then they can keep the party going by playing with their new friends! Who doesn’t love a craft you can use after you make it?

Why This Kit is Party Perfect:

  • Great individual craft 
  • Combines crafting with dolls 
  • Makes a toy you can keep using 
  • For young crafters (ages 4+) 


Craft-tastic Fairy Potions 

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Make your party magical! Mix up some potions using special ingredients and enchanting fairy-made recipes! Create a potion of good luck, color-changing flowers, and more. Let children combine the fun of crafting something new with the magic of imagination!

Why This Kit is Party Perfect:

  • Great for sharing (9 potions per kit) 
  • A magical experience 
  • For young crafters (ages 6+) 

Craft-tastic I Love Unicorns 

Ct1761 I Love Unicorns Lifestyle 3 300x300Make a rainbow of crafting fun with six unique unicorn-themed projects. Make stuff you can wear (a unicorn headband), stuff you can play with (a unicorn stuffie), stuff you can display (a unicorn garland)—all kinds of fun things everyone will be wild about! The variety of projects lets kids pick and choose what they want to make! 

Why This Kit is Party Perfect:

  • Great for sharing (6 projects per kit) 
  • Makes different crafts (6 unique projects) 
  • For young crafters (ages 7+) 

Craft-tastic Chance Bracelets 

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Why This Kit is Party Perfect:

  • Bracelet-making game 
  • Easily incorporate your own beads and materials 
  • Great for sharing (enough for 20 bracelets—expandable with your own materials) 
  • For tween crafters (ages 8+) 
Craft-tastic Empower Flower 

Ct2130 Empower Flower Box 2 300x300It’s all the little things combined that make you extraordinary! Have each guest celebrate themselves with a stunning work of art as unique and special as they are. Create the flower design with iridescent foil, gold foil, and colorful strips, then personalize it with over 250 words that describe YOU.  

Why This Kit is Party Perfect:

  • Great individual craft (All about YOU) 
  • Unique to each person 
  • Get-to-know-you activity 
  • For tween crafters (ages 8+) 

Craft Crush Plant Charms 

23405 Diy Plant Charms 4 1000x1000 1 300x300Add some charm to your plants! Use the metal frames to make beautiful faux stained-glass creations, then attach them to the stakes and decorate your indoor plants. This kit makes 4 plant charms, so they’re perfect for brightening up your home or for gifting the plant-lovers in your life! 


Why This Kit is Party Perfect:

  • Great for sharing (4 charms per kit) 
  • Super giftable 
  • For teen and adult crafters (13+) 

Craft Crush Lilac Bracelet Box 

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Why This Kit is Party Perfect:

  • Great for sharing (8 bracelets per kit) 
  • Super giftable 
  • For teen and adult crafters (13+) 

Craft Crush Mini Sand Art 

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Make adorable sand art planters, complete with fake plants to put in your multicolored sand! Use the provided sand and glitter to fill each container, then add the plant leaves to finish off each look. 

Why This Kit is Party Perfect:

  • Great for sharing (5 mini planters per kit) 
  • For teen and adult crafters (13+) 
If none of these are what you’re looking for, don’t worry! We’ve got TONS of other crafts to choose from! Check for all we have to offer!

Step 4: Set it Up! 

Today’s the day! It’s time to set up the greatest Craft Party ever. Make sure you have plenty of space for everyone to work comfortably. Set up at a hard work surface and consider putting down some newspaper to protect your surfaces and to make clean up a breeze! Be sure to get out anything else you may want (like scissors or your own hot glue)—everything else you’ll need to make your crafts is included in the kit, including easy-to-follow instructions and adhesive.  

If you’re a parent preparing for children, you may want to review the instructions ahead of time to make sure you know what you’ll need to do and are ready to answer questions or help out as needed.  

After your craft station is prepped, you’ll want to set up for your guests. Any good party—craft or otherwise—has got to have snacks and some music. Grab your favorites and switch on your favorite tunes! 

Step 5: Get the Party Started! 

You did it! You’re hosting your own Craft Party! Enjoy this time with your family and friends while you make something new! 

Be sure to take plenty of pictures! We love to see what amazing things people make with our kits. Share your photos, or just tell us and other crafters what you thought on social media using #annwilliamscrafts or tagging @shopannwilliams and @playmonsterfun 

Happy Crafting! 

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Brew Your Own Magic Craft-tastic Potions!

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Let’s talk about some products that will leave you bubbling with excitement!

Craft-tastic has a whole line of potion-making kits that provide kids with small potion bottles and magical recipes to make your very own magical potions!

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These potion kits are perfect for encouraging children to engage in imaginative play. Imaginative play helps boost creativity and problem-solving skills for children, plus it can be tons of fun for both children and adults to imagine together! Potion-making allows children to experience the joy of creating their own magic with ingredients like unicorn hair, rays of sunshine, and fairy dust!

How did the creators of Craft-tastic come up with such an amazing product, and what do kids love about these potion-making kits? Sit down with Product Designer Hilary Henderson (PlayMonster’s resident Crafty Monster) to get the inside scoop on all things Craft-tastic Potions!

Q: Where did the idea for potion-making kits come from?

Making potions has always been a fun activity for kids. When my daughter and niece were little they would be outside for hours making soapy potions with leaves and flowers. We thought that would be a great little kit and that kids can make special “magical” potions that have a fun story and activities to go with each potion.

Q: What do people love about these kits?

Ct1962 Make Your Own Fairy Potions Lifestyle 1000x1000 1 300x300We love creating new potion kits because we love the open-ended play and the potions are fun to make and design! Parents and kids love the creativity and the imaginative play. They can follow along with the story and recipes for the potions or be creative on their own. Our potion kits are all different and magical and if you get them all you can mix all of the different ingredients together, for lots of extra fun!

Q: If you had to make a potion right now, what would you make and what would be in it?

I would make a sunshine potion! I love the summer months so I would wish for more sunny days. Add in a dash of sunrays, a special shinny pebble, and blow in a wish!

Be on the lookout for our NEW Craft-tastic Nature Scavenger Hunt Potions coming soon! Collect special ingredients from outside and make the magic happen! Includes fun recipes and space to come up with your very own magic potion concoction!

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Games for Grads

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After a long year of learning and test-taking, the school year is just about done. To celebrate all the wonderful academic achievements and newfound freedom of graduation, here are some great games for new grads!

5 Second Rule

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Read the prompt, then spit out 3 answers as fast as you can! You might think it’s easy, but with almost no time to think, there’s no telling what silly answers slip out!

This game is perfect for late summer nights and for bringing to the college dorms for the fall. Have some wholesome family fun with the original game, or get some hilariously inappropriate answers with Uncensored—like hearing your roommate’s response to “Name 3 Things You Lick”!


Relative Insanity

7441 Relativeinsanitybox 238x300No matter where life takes your grad next, you’ll want them to think about their family—even if they’re a little crazy! Relative Insanity is all about your wacky relatives and the things they say! No matter how far away they roam, new graduates are sure to remember all the silly moments with their own families when they crack open their game!

Take turns reading hilarious prompts setting up what someone said, then pick the funniest possible response given. What does Granny say about the new baby, or Cousin Judy whisper in your ear during the funeral? The possible answers are as funny (or funnier) than the real thing!

What’s Yours Like?

While exciting, graduation can also be a little scary. You’re leaving somewhere you’ve been for a while to enter a new phase of life, and there’s no telling who you might meet.

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Make that transition a little easier (and funnier) with What’s Yours Like?! Every player except for one looks at the prompt, then take turns describing what “theirs” is like while the odd one out tries to guess what everyone else is talking about.

Learn more about your new friends when describing your similarities in life and being in on the joke as you give increasingly funny answers! Maybe yours is often wet while another player’s is too tight—both of you are talking about your swimsuit, and nothing takes the edge off an unfamiliar situation quite like bonding over something shared.

These represent just a few of the great games that we sell! Try out Five Crowns, Farkle, Spoons, Utter Nonsense, or any of our other games! Find more amazing ideas for graduation elsewhere on or in stores where PlayMonster products are sold!