As search marketers, Pinterest has become a popular tool we can use for both sharing content and creating links. However, when 5:30 comes and I’m riding the train home, I am no longer thinking like a search marketer. I am just like every other user, perusing my friends’ boards, drooling over s’mores stuffed chocolate chip cookies and Manolo Blahniks.
Then, after about 812 pins, I didn’t understand the purpose of my collection. Through my boards I planned 140 dinners, 39 pumpkin carvings, and 3 weddings but had nothing concrete to show for my hours spent on this wonderful, time-sucking site. That’s when I decided to throw my first Pinterest party.
Someone please tell me this is your life too.
How to Throw a Pinterest Party
Throwing a Pinterest party is really quite simple. Once you pick your theme (I’m on the opinion that every party must have a really great theme), everything you need to plan the party can be found on Pinterest. For my theme I choose a Pinterest Christmas party.
I found Pinterest party invitation ideas, recipes, crafts and decorations all on Pintersest, of course. To store the pins I found for my party, I created my Pinterest Christmas Party board.
After receiving the invites, my guests can view this board to see my Pinterest party recipes and craft ideas and get inspired. Once the board was created, I got to work on following through on some of these pins.
Pinterest Party Invitations
The first thing to do after creating your board is to make your invitations. I love any opportunity to use Photoshop so that’s how I created mine, but card stamping your invitations would also be a fun and creative way to invite your guests.
If this is your first Pinterest party, one thing to keep in mind is that it might be your guest’s first Pinterest party as well. Because of this, you will need to include more than just the time and place of the event. On my Pinterest party invitations I included:
Pinterest party invitation: time, place, what to bring, etc.
-Date to RSVP by: this is extremely important in the case of a Pinterest party because you will need to buy materials for your guests and also let people attending know how many people they need to cook for.
-What to bring: this is the area where you will share with guests to bring a unique dessert or appetizer that can be found on your Pinterest board (or elsewhere, but let’s try to stick with the theme here). Also, you may ask your guests to bring money to cover the cost of materials of the craft. I recommend doing one test craft first so you are aware of the cost to make your craft.
-A link to the Pinterest party board: here your guests can find/submit recipe and craft ideas.
-Pictures of the tentative craft plans: get guests excited about what they might be making.
Pinterest Party Preparation
Hopefully, those of you reading this keep a cleaner home than I do because this step required me to take a half day from work and scrub my apartment clean to make it presentable to my guests. Also, since I was throwing a Christmas themed Pinterest party, I had to make sure my Christmas decorations were up to snuff. Below are the Christmas decorations I used for my apartment.
Decorate your home to match the theme of the party.
Next, you need to get your materials and ingredients for your dish. When buying the materials, buy extras and keep your receipts. For my party we made ornament wreathes. I bought 490 ornaments to make nine wreathes. There were some extra ornaments but it is always better to have too much instead of too little.
Make sure you have enough supplies for all of your guests!
When you have your supplies, make a test craft. You will be seen as the expert at your party and people will be looking to you for help. I made my craft a couple days in advance in case something went wrong that would cause me to have to try again.
The Big Event
On the day of the party there were a few things I did to make sure everything ran smoothly: I covered my kitchen island in paper to avoid damaging my counters, I preheated the oven to guests could warm up their dishes on arrival, I set Taylor Swift’s RED to repeat and made a trip to the local liquor store to get Bailey’s and Peppermint Schnapps for the hot chocolate bar.
Pinterest Party hot chocolate bar. Complete with Bailey’s, Peppermint Schnapps, peppermints, marshmallows, toffee bits, white chocolate chips, candy canes and rolled wafer cookies.
Because I live in a cozy one bedroom apartment, there wasn’t enough workspace for everyone to do their crafts at once so four girls ate while four girls did their crafting, then they switched. This made spending time with my guests easy because I would eat with each group while checking on the other’s progress on the craft.
Red velvet cheesecake cupcake and hot chocolate.
- Pinterest party guest with Rudolph cookie
Overall it was a great success! Everyone was happy with their wreathes and all the food was delicious. If you’re thinking of throwing a Pinterest party I highly recommend it. It is a fun way to mix things up and get refrigerator filled with all sorts of goodies. Now please, pin Pinterest Party images away!
P.S. Don’t forget to repin!