I have been wanting to host a craft party for my mom friends for quite a while, but trying to find a time that worked for everyone was such a hard task. But when Harvest Snaps reached out to me about throwing a party, I knew it was time to finally set a date and get my craft party on with my friends.
After a bit of planning I decided on a craft and snack party complete with DIY abstract art snack bowls that all my friends could paint and then fill with their favorite snack mix from my DIY snack mix bar. Perfect combo right? And best of all, I am going to share my tips and tricks with you for creating your own DIY snack bowls too!
First up I needed to set up for the party, so I went out and purchase several large white ceramic serving bowls for the snacks, some multi surface acrylic craft paint, some gold plastic serving spoons (I found mine on Amazon), and a ton of snack-able items like popcorn, banana and coconut chips, and of course several flavors of Harvest Snaps like their tomato basil lentil bean snaps and their caeser flavored pea snaps.
For the serving bowls I used a few sizes of paint brushes and the multi surface acrylic paint to add swoops, brushstrokes, and polka dots to the bowls. To make your own start with a clean bowl and then paint any pattern you like. I recommend choosing 5-6 light colors plus a dark black and using those for all your bowls to get a cohesive look. Just layer on the large and small brush strokes, then add in a few dots and thin strokes, and finish off with a few clumps of mini black dots to recreate my look. Once you have your bowl painted just the way you like (mistakes can easily be removed with a wet paper towel), bake your bowls in a 300°F oven for 30 minutes to set the paint. You want to place your bowls in the cool oven, then turn it on and let them bake, then turn off the oven and let the bowls cool in the oven. Once cool your bowls are ready to use and wash like normal.
To go along with my abstract art serving bowls, I created gradient serving spoons with just a bit of spray paint.To make your own cover the spoon portion with painter's tape or washi tape and spray stripes of paint down the handle. Once dry, coat the handle with a bit of clear spray shellac to seal in the paint.
To complete my snack bar area, I filled my pre-painted bowls with my snack choices, added in a few vases of flowers, and of course a little fruit flavored water. Luckily enough I had the CRAFT sign from a previous project (just spray paint cardboard letters from the craft store and add a few gold paint splatters to make your own). It was perfect for this party, so up it went, along with a few gold triangle banners that I cut from paper and sewed together. Then my snack area was complete!
Before my guests arrived I also set up the crafting area with paint, paper plates (for them to use for their paint), paint brushes, and their little snack bowls all cleaned and ready to paint.
I am so glad that I finally planned this party! It was so much fun to be able to craft and chat with my friends and of course the tasty snacks didn't hurt!