As our extended maternity leave was coming to an end last year and we began thinking about the direction we wanted to take The Busy Bee, it was overwhelmingly clear we wanted to host our creative workshops, The Hostful Hive again. There’s just something about gathering around a table full of craft supplies and an evening dedicated to no responsibilities that clears your mind and rekindles your spirit. There’s no doubt we were craving more creativity after an extended hiatus. When we returned, we were thrilled to learn many of you were hoping we would offer the workshops again.
Without hesitation, we began brainstorming what fun, creative projects we could create together. From there, we strategically mapped out what each of those would look like. There’s wasn’t really anything we wanted to take away from the workshops, but there were a couple things we wanted to implement that would add to the overall experience and how The Hostful Hive could have a bigger impact on the community. Our goal has remained to bring women together to foster community and friendship and to promote other small businesses who are passionate about their craft. One way we decided to merge these objectives was to highlight small business owners with the opportunity to co-host our workshops. We also wanted to allow them to host a Pop Up Shop featuring their unique products and/or professional services.
With that, we reached out to our first potential co-host, and to our delight, she accepted! Once we decided on the final details for the first workshop of the year, we released tickets to the public. Let’s just say, it was a long time coming. It’s hard to describe how good it feels to be creating again and sharing our life-long love for crafting with those who attend.
Without further ado, here’s a recap of our February Galentine’s Day Workshop for The Hostful Hive and the inspiring women who joined us that evening to get crafty, share laughs and talk about life (and reality tv). Thank you so much to those who joined us for a girls’ night out and helped us create wonderful memories! For those who were not able to attend, we’d love for you to join us for the next one! Check HERE for upcoming workshop dates.
The Hostful Hive’s February Galentine’s Day Workshop
Our Co-Host – Ariel of Pecox
Our friend, Ariel, is the creative genius behind Pecox, a curated collection of tassel earrings and served as our official first co-host. Ariel was so gracious while teaching our attendees how to make chic tassel napkin rings for their dinner party needs. She also hosted the most adorable Tassel Earring Pop Up Shop featuring her high-quality designs and offered exclusive discounts. We may or may not have come home with four new pairs…
The Craft – Tassel Napkin Rings + Organic Linen Dinner Napkins
Each attendee made four neutral toned tassel napkin rings with a coordinating set of organic linen dinner napkins. The finished set is perfect for a Galentine’s Day themed soiree or Spring get together. We love that the tassel napkin rings can also be made into keychains, a fun banner or door hangers. In addition, the dinner napkins can be used as decorative tea towels or breadbasket liners to suit your hosting needs.
The Experience – Intimate Setting at Pottery Barn Colony Theatre
The women of Pottery Barn Colony Theatre were such gracious hosts and opened their design space with a warm welcome. As guests arrived, they had the opportunity to grab some Galentine’s Day themed snacks and bubly Sparkling Water while they browsed Pottery Barn’s seasonal décor and shopped with exclusive discounts to Pecox. Once the workshop began, the design space provided an intimate setting where we could all unwind and get creative. We shared some good laughs and fun conversation and we all headed home with a few new friends.
Want to join the fun?
If you have been looking for an opportunity to be in community, make new friends and get crafty during a fun night out, we would love to have you join us at the next The Hostful Hive Workshop. Every workshop features a different creative project centered around the art of hosting. Each item we make is something you can use while hosting and/or can be gifted to your favorite hostess. Also included in each workshop is guided instruction, snacks and refreshments, our best hosting tips and tricks and a Swag Bag full of curated goods from various small businesses.
February Swag Bag Sponsors
Speaking of Swag Bags, our February Swag Bags featured some inspiring women-owned businesses who treated our attendees to amazing goodies! Here’s a peek at what they got.
Tassel Earrings from Pecox
Pecox is a curated collection of high-quality tassel earrings designed to help you embrace your inner beauty. The owner, Ariel, hand selects each tassel and names her designs after the women who have impacted her life.
Pecox gifted each attended a pair of their very own 1 ¼” Tassel Earrings in an assortment of colors! We both own an assortment of Pecox Tassel Earrings and love that they are stylish AND super lightweight. That’s often something you often cannot find in a statement earring. We also love that you can dress them up or dress them down. It makes them perfect for any occasion or no occasion at all.
White Magnolia Tub Tea Bags from Emma Grace Bath and Body
Emma Grace Bath and Body was founded on the principals of less additives and more natural ingredients to create a line of soaps and body care products that are good for your body and soul. Emma Grace Bath and Body products are designed to use natural, locally sourced ingredients that allow you to relax and unwind while caring for the health of your skin.
Emma Grace Bath and Body provided White Magnolia Tub Tea Bags for each attendee. Made with skin loving ingredients such as coconut milk and colloidal oatmeal, their tub tea bags offer all the advantages of a floral milk bath without the mess. Simply toss the bag into a drawn bath and let the ingredients dissolve into the water. Then, allow yourself to be transported to a southern garden, where the soft fragrances of Magnolias, Peonies, Gardenias and Roses relax your body and mind. When you’re done, simply throw the bag away. No mess or clean up!
Watercolor Vow Book/Journal from Alexandria Salmieri
Alexandria Salmieri is an artistic wedding & elopement photographer for couples creating the enchanting wedding of their fantasy. She provides breathtaking photos so her couples can live in the moment, enjoy the best day of their life and always remember their wedding. Alexandria’s couples describe her as an artist who is selfless, flexible, calming and kind, who is excited to celebrate their day with them, and has a stunning eye for capturing the moments that let them reminisce on their wedding day forever.
Each workshop attendee took home a handmade Watercolor Vow Book/Journal hand-tied with a silk ribbon. These one-of-a-kind books are perfect as a keepsake for written vows or for sweet reminders and heartwarming sentiments. We also love the idea to use them for hostess gifts. The recipient can then make them into a keepsake for treasured recipes.
Dry Shampoo + 20% Off Services from Jenna McQuade of BLUR + BRISTLE
BLUR + BRISTLE is a full-service hair and beauty salon in beautiful Winter Park, Florida. They offer professional, high-end expertise in any cut, color, style, or specialty treatment. Whether you are looking for a modern trend or a classic cut, the principal-based designs and treatments customized for individual needs at this hair salon will make sure you look and feel amazing!
Jenna of BLUR + BRISTLE gifted each workshop attendee with a can of Dry Shampoo and 20% off her professional services. Jenna does both of our hair, so we can attest to her professionalism and expertise. Plus, she makes you feel like a long time friend from the first time you sit down in her chair.
Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters & Valentine’s Day Sprinkles from The Busy Bee
We always love to gift our attendees with a little something extra. This time, we included three heart-shaped cookie cutters with Valentine’s Day themed sprinkles. We love using these two items to make our Heart Waffles with Peanut Butter Pie Filling. If you haven’t tried it, be sure to check out the recipe!
So, what do you think? Will you join us for the next workshop? We’d love to have you! xo