Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ladies Recipe Night

If you've been following for a while, you've probably heard me mention the recipe night my mother and I host with our church friends. We try to do this 3-4 times a year with the different seasons and we just had our last one this past weekend!

You hang out with your girl friends and eat food you've all prepared, but have you ever swapped recipes while enjoying your dishes?

What about making them just a little cuter before you throw them into a recipe album to share with friends and/or family?

Tried something at the neighborhood block party and asked so and so to bring the recipe next time you see them or email it to you?

This night does a little bit of all of the above!

Instead of always going out to a restaurant or meeting up for a movie, we like to get together and be productive/crafty with each other. Of course, there's a lot of planning that goes into an event like this but it's all very much worth it in the end.


Event Date + Recipes Needed By

Let all of your friends know when you're having this event and when they need to have the recipes to you if you're designing the recipe cards. Since we have several women in the church that aren't crafty themselves but love putting the pages together, we do the following steps prior to the event.

1// Design the pages and make samples for them to use when doing their recipe page
2// Type up all the recipes (if they email their recipes, this part isn't hard at all)
3// Print out all the recipes that you've typed up and trim them to the desired size (our ladies like to use decorative scissors so we keep that in mind when we're cutting to size)
4// Trim all of your additional (color, pattern) scrapbook paper to the desired size
5// Bag each recipe together in a plastic zippered baggie and then one larger bag to hand to each participant or keep them grouped per page design to hand out one at a time.

We also put whatever we need for that page in the bin...white pen to write on chalkboard sticker, stapler, special adhesive or Stickles (glitter glue).


Albums and Pages

Our event costs up to $10 per participant each time, but if they're using their own album or a previous one they only have to spend the $5 to make the pages.

We like to have albums available for them to purchase if they don't have one. We buy the 6 x 6 SEI Albums from Joann's and try to get them on sale. We've also started keeping a bundle of the page protectors for these albums on hand to sell to the ladies if they want to just buy those.

We do charge $5 for each person that wants a packet of pages to cover the cost of the materials used on each page and we try to stick to this budget when we're designing them. So we really only use one plain card stock and one patterned paper for each with a small'ish embellishment.

My page was 1/4 of a 12 x 12 scrapbook page that were 5 for $1 on sale at Michael's and then left over scraps from my party invitations. I just used a couple of different hole punches to make the confetti of the scraps from the solid border/background paper.

A couple of things we have started doing to change it up!

1// We have a theme each time we get together. This time we did soups since it's still a little chilly outside sometimes.
2// We let them know our approximate times for the next one and what the theme is so they can get us their recipes early if they want. Our next one is coming up in July and since it's Summer, we've decided on salads.
3// If someone wants to design their own page, we have them come over and help us get things cut out. Then they don't have to pay the $5 since they've helped us out with the cutting know time is money!

This whole event is something the ladies really love and look forward to so I don't see it stopping anytime in the near future.

What are some fun things you do with your friends to get together and not go out?

I know crafting is one of Kathy's fav things and it's not really a confession since I'm sure you already know this but I love it too! I should also confess I am really wanting this hat and don't need to spend $50 on a hat but I have so many plans for said hat I don't even own. Hey, it's UCF colors too! Another confession? I got a bargain on a Kate Spade bag today!


  1. I love this idea so much! Such a great way to share recipes and making them pretty. A great project for them to build onto as they want too.

  2. i love this!

    we have craft days. for the holidays the past 3 years, we've had christmas card craft days. the kids play while the mamas make christmas cards. so awesome!

    and next weekend we're doing a douchebag shirt crafting day! this is where i get to make my douchey workout tank and my friend who is a wizard at textiles will be helping me.

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

  3. This is so great! I wish I had a group of girlfriends who would want to do this with me. Might need to just start flying south!!

  4. This is so cute and such a good idea!

  5. That is so fun! What a cute idea! Mmmm and Olive Garden soup... yum.


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