Monday, March 3, 2014

weekend edition: the best craft party ever

this past weekend, the coolest thing ever happened in greenville: the best craft party ever! and let me just say, this event was aptly named. i haven't exactly been to a lot craft parties, unless you count unofficial saturday nights spent in with diet coke and girlfriends, but i imagine this one would be impossible to top. the lovely folks over at indie craft parade had their maker's summit on saturday, and afterward they generously opened their doors and hearts to the rest of us. (side note: so many people told me the maker's summit was awesome and that you don't have to be a professional to get something out of it; so, you will definitely see me there next year!) before we get to the pictures, i just have to give a shout out to everyone that was involved with this event because it was so, so well done:

the party was held at the huguenot mill at the peace center, and it might have been the most photogenic place i have ever seen. imagine: exposed brick, leafy chandeliers, rachel ruysch-esque centerpieces, mix-matched chairs and old-timey leather sofas. be still my heart! plus, to cap it all off, there were the most beautiful hand lettered signs and banners strewn throughout the building. (all this loveliness was made possible by willow florals, we took to the woods, ink meets paper, justin hall and spoonflower.)

the evening kicked off with a delicious four-course meal. (bread provided by swamp rabbit cafe, dinner by chef 360 and a gelato bar by luna rosa). andrea and i had the delightful pleasure of sitting with three amazing ladies from columbia, sc: melissa (of january jewelry), jessica (of owlette) and emily (of sandra mack/butterfly vintage), who were so nice and charming, not to mention immensely talented. 

after dinner, we floated from craft table to craft table making leather coasters with billiam jeans, posters with the print shop, mini succulent gardens with urban digs, tshirts with dapper ink, spice rubs with time to taste and wood-burned spoons with once again sam. and the whole time, craft beer was flowing courtesy of community tap and brewery 85, as well as the most beautiful coffee i've ever tasted thanks to due south coffee. (there was also a bourbon tasting that people really seemed to be enjoying, but i never made it over there since i was driving.) this was such an amazing representation of all the wonderful things greenville has to offer, and i really can't say thank you enough to everyone who was involved. as they say, a picture's worth a thousand words, so before i get too carried away, i'll let the event speak for itself:

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