It's one of my favorite months out of the year! Everything is filled with sweet hearts and lots of love and lots of pink. I finally decided to host my first bracelet making workshop in my Tequesta, Fl Studio! This is something I have been wanting to do for years but let fear get in the way. I really don't like speaking in front of crowds even if it was only 10 ladies, I wasn't sure if teaching how to make beaded bracelets or gold chain necklaces would be more fun and how would I make it fun?! I decided to just go for it and cross off "Do something that scares you" off my 2020 goals and I am SO happy I did!
I love designing and marketing our jewelry line but I also love that my studio space allows me to have an extension of my brand where I can support other small businesses by having them in and host their own creative workshops! I've had Flower & Fringe in where Halle taught us how to design our own floral bouquet, Sweets by Milka who showed us the art of cookie decorating (they were delicious!) and Palms and Paper who trained us on calligraphy basics and we all made our own ornament around Christmas time. We really can benefit and impact so many others by supporting each other.
One of the top jewelry trends right now are these beaded name and word bracelets. I began offering a few words like, LOVE, XOXO and MAMA when I initially launched out Valentine's Collection. I got a HUGE amount of requests for custom names to be put on their bracelets. All the mama's want to wear their little one's names or someone really special to them on their wrist. I figured this would be the perfect thing to teach and all the girl's could customize their own bracelet to say whatever inspirational word or name they wanted.
How to Display the Beads
I ordered some cute Heart Dishes and used some of my fave Anthropologie Bowls to hold the beads. Dalmatian Jasper, Rose Quartz, Amazonite, Jade, and cutie little letters filled the dishes. To avoid the beads running all over the place, I bought some inexpensive felt sheets from Michaels. The girls used these to lay out their beading patterns before adding them to the stretch cord. Also when using small beads, I highly recommend using a Big Eye Needle to add the beads to the cord. They go on so much easier! You can shop my Jewelry Making Essentials HERE.
Sips, Snacks + Decor
I picked up some bubbly from Trader Joe's. I'm not a huge champagne drinker but a friend told me about their RSVP bubbly - it's under $10 a bottle and perfect for entertaining on a budget. I added pink "Yay" glitter stir sticks to these reusable wine glasses I grabbed on Amazon. I used to buy plastic wine glasses from the Dollar Store for events but these are great because I can wash them and stack them (they click in place) until my next event!
I adore our local bakery Alaina's Cafe + Bake Shoppe. She's a mama herself so I was happy to have her delicious cupcakes for the girls. She also has an amazing Breakfast and Lunch Menu - get the Spartan!
Who else is loving balloon backdrops right now? I reached out to local boss babe + balloon stylist Poppy Party Palm Beach to design a valentines-y backdrop for the workshop. I loved that all the girls instantly gravitated towards it for photos.
These don't need to be expensive! I picked up these bags + tissue paper from the Dollar Store and all the goodies inside were kindly donated by local boss babes. Each gal who came to the workshop got their own Galentine's Goodie Bag with a $15 Gift Card to one of my favorite local spots for sushi - Hog Snappers, a beautiful handmade scrunchie by Inspired by M Designs and seriously yummy cookies with pink and red M&M's from The Palm Beach Baker!
After all of that, what's a party if there are no photos of it? My sweet friend Eve Greendale of Palm Beach Creative shot these photos of our Galentine's Beads + Bubbles event!
I had so much fun putting this event together and all the girls really enjoyed having an afternoon to themselves to get creative. They did such a great job I joked that I wanted to hire all of them.