1) Crafty projects
Each guest brings their own project to work on, whether it be crochet, knitting, embroidery, jewelry making, cross-stitch, you name it. Here are a few on my to-do list:
1: Sew Chatty Infinity Scarf, 2: Wild Olive Embroidered Lamp Shade, 3: The Cream To My Coffee Teardrop Necklace, 4: September House Book Embroidery Pattern
Whether it's arm chairs, a couch or two, ottomans, throw pillows and blankets on the floor, or any other seating option you can dream up, it's nice for each person to have a perch where they can settle in and comfortably work on their project.
As far as I'm concerned (it's probably due to my Southern Baptist upbringing), you can't have a gathering of folks without having a good spread of food! Just try not to get crumbs in your yarn.
1: Homemade by Holman Chicken Tortilla Roll-Ups , 2: Improv Kitchen's Blackberry Lime Bars, 3: A Texas Belle's Roasted Tomatillo Salsa, 4: Homesick Texan's Cheese Straws, 5: The Kitchn's Roasted Jalapeno & Lime Hummus, 6: Homesick Texan's Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball
A good dose of gossip and a girly movie playing in the background (preferably a favorite that everyone loves and has seen a million times because sometimes girl talk trumps movie dialogue) make any get-together more fun. Feel free to borrow some of my favorites:
1: Center Stage, 2: Julie & Julia, 3: Sabrina (the 1995 version, of course), 4: The Princess Bride, 5: The Cutting Edge, 6: Singin' in the Rain
Last, but definitely not least, is wine. This one (decidedly not due to my Southern Baptist upbringing) is usually a must. However, there are plenty of other beverage options that could be fun: an assortment of hot teas, cocktails, sangria, hot cocoa, etc.