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As half term rolls around once more, we're gearing up for a busy fortnight of crafty fun with B&Q. We'll be popping up in B&Q stores up and down the UK, and inviting your little ones to come join in the free workshops on offer. Each day, we'll getting creative making something different, so you'll have to stop by to discover what crafty activities we'll be putting on.

Our spring inspired kids craft workshops are available at the below B&Q stores between 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm on the following dates:

Sat 10th Feb - Dearne Vallery & Tottenham  (Don't miss Paw Patrol, who will be getting involved too!)

Tues 13th FebDearne Vallery, Doncaster, Oldham & Tottenham

Wed 14th FebDearne Vallery, Doncaster, Oldham & Tottenham

Thur 15th FebDearne Vallery, Doncaster, Oldham & Tottenham

Sat 17th Feb - Bury (Plus come meet Ben & Holly in store too!)

Tues 20th FebBury

Wed 21st FebBury

Thur 22nd FebBury



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Our Crafty Hens must be keen to perfect the their tassel twirling techniques! This year, we've seen a big increase in the number of nipple tassel making crafty parties being booked.

As one of our cheekiest workshop options, this session is perfect as an alternative birthday celebration or hen weekend experience that is guaranteed to keep everyone giggling long into the evening. 

With plenty of shimmering sequins, colourful lace, kitsch fabrics, crystals, silks - and of course those all important tassels - there is plenty to inspire your creations at this cheeky Crafty Hen workshop. Once your handmade pasties are finished, with a little guidance to perfecting the technique, we'll leave you to practice twirling those tassels long into the evening!

Remember, our crafty parties are available nationwide. But with this session proving to be a top party experience in 2018, get in touch today to check availability for your upcoming celebrations!

Fancy trying to make your own nipple tassels, but don't have an excuse to get all your friends around for a party? Try our DIY Nipple Tassel Making Kits to create your very own pair at home!








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Blog | The Crafty Hen by The Crafty Hen - 1w ago

A new year, means new trends. And a whole new range of colour combinations requested by our Crafty Hen's for their crafty hen party workshop materials. As many of our groups opt to work together and create decorations for the wedding venue, or something unique to their Bride-To-Be's tastes. We get to see the changing trends and most popular wedding colour schemes passing through our packing room here at Crafty HQ. 

Pantone have named Ultra Violet as their colour of 2018. This vibrant purple hue, is already filtering into our Crafty Hen's choices for their upcoming workshop. Teamed with ivory and champagne tones for a chic string of wedding bunting, or mixed with other shades of dusky purples and lilacs for a beautiful patchwork quilt

But if purple isn't your thing. There are plenty more colours that Pantone have highlighted as key colours, especially for Spring 2018. We love the classic range of navy, grey, ivory and golden tones. Colours that have been top requests since late last year, and looking forward, are still popular well into 2018 too.

One thing is for sure - 2018 is all about those dusky pale tones. From greens to pinks, to metallics and ivory. A carefully curated colour palette this season omits the typical vivid bright colours of Spring, and focuses on more refined and muted tones. 

We can't wait to see what other colours schemes our Crafty Hen's will be coming up with this year! Go behind the schemes at Crafty HQ to keep an eye on #thecraftyhenmaterials to see which of Pantone's colours of 2018 are appearing in our packing room already.  

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Well, that's been a busy ol' year! Across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, we ran more crafty hen workshops in 2017 than ever before. That's a whole lot of Crafty Hens out there! 

We've looked back to discover which activities proved themselves to be the most popular options booked over the past 12 months. Is your favourite in the list below?

Top 5 Crafty Hen Workshops of 2017

5th Place

Ceramic Painting

Coming up in 5th place, our ceramic painting workshops are a great relaxing activity to enjoy in your home or weekend accommodation. With the option to decorate a tea set for the Bride, or to paint individual items to take away, this workshop always results in brilliant personalised mementos for the Bride.

 

4th Place

Fascinator Making

Perhaps the perfect group activity for any sophisticated hen do! Oh so many of our Crafty Hens make fabulous professional fascinators to wear to the wedding - and it's even nicer to see the Bride To Be making her own bridal birdcage headwear for the special day too!

 

3rd Place

Knicker Customisation

Over the past five years, this alternative hen do idea has long reigned as one of our most popular activities. Finding itself in a very respectable 3rd place this year shows just how much of a classic hen party workshop this is! 

 

2nd Place

Patchwork Parties

Always a special activity, our patchwork parties get all the hens together to collaborate on a unique quilt or set of cushions, perfectly themed to the Bride's wedding colour scheme. It's so great to see how each and every patchwork quilt or set of cushions is so different, and full of personal touches. Also available for baby showers too, so Mum To Be can create a bespoke baby blanket with her closest friends and family. 

 

1st Place

Flower Crowns

Accounting for over a quarter of all our bookings this year, there was no doubting which workshop would be crowned number one. It is of course flower crown making! From bold summery head garlands, to chic winter crowns, you'll never have been far from of one our flower crown adored crafty hens in 2017.

 

Perhaps you'll even spot one in the wild in 2018. We've been inundated with lots of bookings for next year and some of our most popular sessions are quickly booking up months in advance.

So, if you think one of our top 5 workshops or any of our other crafty party options would be perfect for a special event you are planning, come say hello and to tell us all about it. Help us make 2018 a craftier year than ever before!

Here's to another year full of crafty hen partiescreative baby showers and unique PR events

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December has arrived and we are all set to welcome in the festive period with another nationwide series of fun family events with B&Q. We'll be helping you to create an assortment of crafty things on different days, in different locations all around the UK.

From designing Christmas baubles to creating Christmas pudding decorations, plus making robin redbreast bird feeders and more! You may even get the chance for a meet and greet with either Paw Patrol or Ben & Holly too, (depending upon the location). Keep an eye on B&Q's event page for the latest updates.

Our workshops will be running between 10am-12pm, and then again at 1pm-3pm. Check out all the locations below, then come and join in the free family fun. Hopefully we'll be at a B&Q store near you!

Saturday 2nd December
Basingstoke
Doncaster
Margate
Milton Keynes
Oldham
Bognor Regis
Weston Super Mare

Saturday 9th December
Barnsley
Basildon
Basingstoke
Bury
Margate
Milton Keynes
Weston Super Mare

Saturday 16th December
Basildon
Bognor Regis

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Christmas is in full swing here at Crafty HQ! The bells are ringing - literally as our packing team prep all our festive trims including mini jingle bells. We're already in the festive spirit and are delighted to be hosting more crafty Christmas parties and festive workshop events in 2017 than ever before.

Plus, it's been a nice surprise to spot our festive parties featured in the press this year to help spread the crafty Christmas vibes. Grab a copy of Suffolk Norfolk Lifemagazine this December to read their interview with our Head Hen Julie, and also see our crafty parties in action (or take a little sneak peek below).

But don't forget, our alternative Christmas party sessions are available nationwide! We bring all the festive fun to you, where ever you are in the UK.

Now... all that is left is to plan our own Christmas party to celebrate the end of a busy 2017 ourselves!




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We've teamed up with B&Q once again to run a series of fun and creative workshops around the UK for all the family. This half term, it's about all things autumn - and Halloween of course!

Over the last few weeks, we have been busy working together with B&Q to develop three individual crafty activities just for their customers, inspired by autumn leaves, halloween pumpkins and spooky spiders! And we can't wait to see the kids get stuck into these creative workshop experiences and see just what they each create.

So make sure you stop by in store at either:
Basingstoke
Margate
Milton Keynes
Weston Super Mare
on Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th or Thursday 26th October between 10am and 3pm to join in the free family fun! See you there!

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As the seasons are changing, we're getting inspired by the crisp autumnal foliage we're spotting on our way to work. And also found in our packing room at the moment! Think pine cones, golden leaves, berries, dried apples, twine and much more. These are all the stylish materials that go towards preparing the seasonal version of our ever popular flower crown craft parties.

This year, more than ever, you guys have been interested in creating autumn / winter crowns! It's a great activity to enjoy for a hen do leading up to a autumnal or winter wedding. We use beautiful faux leaves, berries and foliage at this workshop to ensure the seasonal crown you create on the day is long lasting and can be worn by the Bride, her Bridesmaids and Flower Girls on the big day itself. 

But this session is also proving popular for festive and contemporary winter solstice events too. We know from experience our flower crown making events are a huge success when organised as a creative immersive event experience with a striking and bold visual impact. And our seasonal version to making chic winter crowns is no different!

If you want to know more about our autumn and winter flower crown making workshops then come say hello and tell us all about the your plans. This seasonal crafty party is perfect for enjoying with friends and family for a hen party at this time of year as the nights draw in. And also for engaging festive marking events too, all available nationwide remember!

Availability for this workshop is limited, so get in touch today before you miss out!

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Blog | The Crafty Hen by The Crafty Hen - 1w ago

Now, if you know us here at The Crafty Hen, you know we have a soft spot for all things vintage. Did you know that many of our textile based crafty parties come with a vintage option?

Looking for ideas for a vintage themed hen do? Our crafty hen workshops are perfect if you know a Bride To Be that is a big vintage fan. Especially if she wants to create unique vintage decorations for the big day. Or perhaps you know a retro loving Mum To Be, who would adore a unique vintage patchwork baby quilt? Vintage baby shower ideas, right this way!

As we've been running our crafty party workshops for well over 5 years, we certainly know our way around antique lace like no one's business and can sniff out a beautiful vintage fabric from a mile off! So in the run up to your workshop we will work with you to discuss the best options for any colour schemes or requests you may have and the best way we can incorporate that vintage touch into your session.

Whether you want to create stylish things to wear with a vintage twist, or would like to create a vintage keepsake for the Bride To Be or Mum To Be at the centre of your party plans. There are plenty of workshops to chose from.
Our vintage crafternoon ideas include:
Garter Making (It could be your Bride's "Something old")
Wedding Bunting Workshop
Patchwork Quilt (to match the wedding colour scheme)
Textile Wedding Flowers Workshop
Fascinator Making
Textile Corsages & Accessories
Baby Quilt Workshop
Handmade Baby Bunting

If you want to find out more about our vintage craft workshops, and to see if the vintage option is available, get in touch today to tell us all about your party plans.















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Blog | The Crafty Hen by The Crafty Hen - 1w ago

Yes, whilst we know Summer isn't over yet and that you may not want to hear the 'C-word'. But, your enquires for crafty Christmas parties and some very special alternative Christmas workshops are coming in and bookings are already being confirmed left, right and centre!

Whether you are planning a creative Christmas eventa festive hen do celebration, or unique end of year work party, we have a crafty workshop to suit!










Last year, festive decoration making and our cheeky Christmas knicker workshops were a popular choice for an alternative and fun festive work do. Whilst making chic Autumnal / Winter flower crowns, or painting bespoke ceramic decorations were always success events for in store and marketing experiences all around the UK, bringing some festive cheer to the high street. But with stocking customisationtextile wreath making and cracker makingbookings already in place, who knows what will be 2017's most popular Christmas craft party.

Which leaves just one question. Which of our festive craft parties would you most enjoy?

Get in touch today to start planning your own festive craft party experience. Make 2017 a craftier Christmas than ever before!

Stocking up on #Autumnal foliage for our more seasonal Flower Crown workshops. 🍁✂🍂 #thecraftyhenmaterials #flowercrowns #autumn #autumnalcrown #wintercrowns #red #fauxberries #eventworkshops #craftparty #create

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