Hi there! I’m Michelle, a communications specialist at Girl Scouts River Valleys. I love all things crafty, so I was thrilled when Brianna asked me to write about the DIY Cookie Costume crafting party we threw for a group of Girl Scout Brownies. It was a blast! And the costumes will be so fun for girls to wear during the cookie season, at cookie booths, parades, and other events throughout the year.
Never hosted a craft party? Here are a few simple tips to help get you started. I hope you’re inspired to throw your own party with your troop!
Order Your DIY deLites Kit!
I realize that I’m biased as a GSRV employee, but I love these DIY deLites Kits we’re offering this year. They make it easy and fun to get creative with your girls. The kit comes with a felt Caramel deLite cookie base, felt “chocolate” stripes, ten sheets of colorful felt, a pattern book, and a package of Caramel deLites. (Yum! Is anyone else hungry for cookie season already?) They’re only $20, and the kit will be shipped to your house at no extra cost. Crafting, Caramel deLites, and costumes – I can’t think of a better way to kick off this year’s cookie season!
Send Out Invites
Nothing makes a party official like an invitation! I put together some printable DIY deLites invitations for you to pass out at your troop meeting. Girls will be extra excited if they receive one in the mail. Feel free to ask parents to bring something. Whether it’s craft supplies, food, or drinks, it’s always nice to have a little help in those areas.
If you want to make your party feel even more festive, put out some fun decorations. We hung up a bunch of paper chains – not only did it get us in the crafting mood, it also doubled as a nice backdrop for taking photos during the party. They’re super easy. Here are some instructions if you need help with making your own, but you’re probably already a paper-chaining expert. 🙂
Organize Supplies in Advance
To help things run as smoothly as possible, organize your supplies in advance. The kit comes with lots of great supplies, but you’ll need to provide scissors and a hot glue gun or Velcro. You could also sew the costume, if you’d like. We found Velcro to work well, especially since we were working with younger Brownies. I’d recommend loading up on scissors – that way no one is waiting for a turn!
Take Lots of Photos!
Make sure to take lots of pictures – the sillier the better! We’d love to see photos of your crafting parties and your finished costumes. Send us a photo of your troop modeling their finished DIY deLite Cookie Costume and your troop will be entered to win one of five $100 gift certificates to River Valleys’ shops. We also encourage you to share your photo on our Facebook and Instagram pages – use #DIYdeLites when tagging your posts. For more information on our photo contest, visit http://gsrv.gs/DIYdeLites.
I’m looking forward to hearing about your crafting parties! Be sure to order your DIY deLites Cookie Costume today to get started!