Colorado-based lifestyle, fashion and DIY bloggers J. Sorelle and The Every Hostess hosted 20 fabulous women for a holiday-themed ladies night out at West Elm. At the 2nd Make & Mingle workshop, ladies made DIY cross-stitch cards just in time to send to friends and family for the holidays. West Elm Denver was the perfect, whimsical backdrop for the creative Denver community, as they sipped hot apple cider (in reindeer and Santa cups) and Peet’s coffee, and learned how to cross-stitch cards. At each place setting, guests received an adorable polka dot bag from Bake It Pretty with an embroidery needle and pearl pins taped to it, foam core and pre-printed cards and embroidery string inside. Guests received 3 holiday-themed cards, designed by Fleur de lis, paperie – JOY, HOx3 and a star. Instead of a typical thimble, guests poked each X with the pearl pin, backed of course with the foam core to protect the table. Once all the holes on the X’s were poked through, guests inserted their string through the needle loop and began to cross-stitch. Some were first-timers, and others were old-pros – both had a great time and laughed as they crafted. A colorful variety of embroidery string was scattered around the table for a pop of color, and for guests to cross-stitch all the colors of the rainbow. Arrangements made by Ladybird Poppy were a beautiful addition to the table, and it’s not a party until there are big ass balloons filled with confetti, provided by Big Ass Balloons, of course. Guests were delighted with a drawing mid-party to win a handmade ornament from Sage 8 Studio. Guests walked away with ornaments designed with a snowflake, buffalo, cow and a bike with a basket of flowers. The ladies nibbled on a delicious spread of cheese, crackers and meat, and then treated their sweet teeth to amazing, homemade shortbread cookies and toffee. A fun DIY detail was the cross-stitched coffee sleeves for the coffee cups, located right next to mason jars filled with cream and sugar. No event is complete without a swag bag, and thanks to our amazing sponsors, guests went home with a leather business card holder, chocolates, coffee and humorous holiday napkins tucked inside a cute white bucket from Target. We hope you take the time to gather with all the ladies in your life this holiday season to craft and make memories…and then send that special homemade card to the ones you love. It is, after all, a homemade gift and words from the heart that make a holiday extra special.
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  Photographer: Colby Elizabeth Photography | Location: West Elm, Denver | Florist: Ladybird Poppy | Stationery: Fleur de lis, a paperie | Balloons: Big Ass Balloons | Polka Dot bags and straws: Bake It Pretty | Planning/Styling: The Every Hostess and J. Sorelle | Cookies: homemade by J. Sorelle | Food and Hot Apple Cider: The Every Hostess | Ornaments: Sage 8 Studio | Chocolate bars and peppermint malt balls: Curly Girl Design | Business card holder: Cory Renee | Handcrafted Bags and Clutches | Coffee: Peet’s Coffee & Tea
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