Hosting my first crop...have a few questions

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Posted 2/16/2013 by Superscrapilicious in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 2/16/2013 11:41:36 PM
I will be hosting my first crop at my house. I have hosted them at the library for our scrap group but never in my home. It is going to be a 14 hour crop with a Pajama and slipper theme. I have a few questions:

1. Should I bring my cricut out to let others use? I don't mind people using it but some people have never used one and I spend most of my time at a crop showing people how to do it.

2. Can I offer alcoholic drinks? I thought about doing mimosas about noon and wine about 6 or 7. One person is bringing her 6 year old daughter. I personally prefer no children because of some topics of conversation but I forgot to mention that on invitation.

3. Should I leave my dining table open for dining only or use if for scrap space and have people eat at their scrap space?


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Posted: 2/17/2013 12:08:03 AM
I just hosted today. I think it's always a better idea not to eat/drink where you scrap. That gives u a break from that space too. I have had short crop nights where I think it's ok to eat at the scrapping table but since your event is long, I would keep the dining table for eating.

Personally, I wouldn't want kids around either. I had a friend I couldn't say no to when I had one event a while ago. Drove me and some other of my scrappers nuts..



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Posted: 2/17/2013 12:11:05 AM
I hear what you are saying about the cricut. I have mine out but have been spending more time teaching people how to use it than work on my own projects. On the other hand, I'm happy to let them use it. Tough situation. Could you do a quick demo so everyone can learn how to use it and then u can focus on your own work?

Or just take it out only if u need a quick cut. Don't offer it to everyone...

You don't want to feel like you put so much effort to host this and at the end of the day you did not accomplish anything as far as your projects go. What do you think? I know how that feels! Lol


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Posted: 2/17/2013 3:00:21 AM
I think if you want to scrap and not teach cricut use you should not bring it out for others. I think alcohol at a crop sounds like a relaxing time (although I am a lightweight and scrapping after 2 drinks would be a whole new "style" for me. probably not a good one

I absolutely would make the dining table a dining only area. Better to have the foods and drinks in a non-hazardous zone *not by anyone's stuff*

You may want to mention the serving of alcohol and possibility of unsuitable conversation to the mom with the small child. She may choose to.find a sitter or change her plans.

Hope this helps!!


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Posted: 2/17/2013 3:55:10 AM
The old lady would definitely talk to the mom of the child and gently but clearly let her know that the child isn't welcome. I'm betting all your ladies are mothers and looking forward to kid free time.

If you have the space, I'd seperate food and drinks from scrapping.

Be careful serving alcohol unless you are absolutely sure how the people in question handle it.

Personally, I'd cut my titles in advance and leave the Cricut in the closet.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 4:17:41 AM
When I attend crops I prefer there be clear lines between scrap space and eating space. I've had stuff ruined by someone else's food (drink usually)
The scrap area needs to be a food and drink free zone. To easy to get accidental grease marks on paper even though you wiped the table after eating.

Alcohol doesn't bother me one way or the other. Just make sure you know everyone is of legal drinking age so you don't end up being inadvertantly breaking some social hostessing laws.

I'd leave the cricut put away and not mention it. For me it is an expensive item that should it be broken I can't easily replace it so I'd feel the need to stay with it and not do my own scrapping. There are people who are hard on their own stuff and don't treat other people's belongings any easier. If it doesn't work they way they think it should they think nothing of trying to physically force it to work they way they want it to.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 6:33:54 AM
How many people are attending? Is it possible one of them will bring a cutter? Or just don't put it out so you aren't constantly the monitor of the machines.

All the in-home crops I have attended have served wine, beer or cocktails. It is a nice option. If you have the room, keeping the dining room just for meals is a great idea. Maybe set up drinks and snacks in there and make it self-serve?

I doubt the person with the 6 year old will stay the full 14 hours. That is a long time even for an adult.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 7:22:07 AM
I would keep the food separated I have had people spill things at my crop and ruin people things when they were allowed to eat at their scrap area and they did not reimburse the damaged party. As for alcohol if you are going to serve it I would have a cut off time, like they do at the ball park. Set the time and stick with it. Offer plenty of other beverages and they should be fine. I have host crops in my home with people bringing their children and it has always been a disaster, but you might have better luck than I did. The kids ran around and disturbed scrappers, took things off the tables, made a mess and were disrespectful to others property. One of these kids was old enough to know better. The Moms never said a word to their kids. I was put in the position of playing mom to these children. A very uncomfortable situation for me, I would never host a crop with children in my home again, because of the complaints I received about their behavior and the parents not managing the children. I have also attended crops at others homes and the kids were disruptive there too. I would call her and state that someone had mentioned that they would like a kid free zone and ask her to find a sitter. Its for the best really. Crops can run very late and little children her age do not do well with missed bedtimes. Please let us know how things turn out. Have fun and good luck.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 7:35:16 AM
I personally would not attend the crop, if a child was coming.

If it's a 14 hour, pj crop with the girls, I especially would not want the child there. That changes the entire dynamic IMO. The girl talk & the relaxation of having the mimosas with the girls, is a fun time away from home.

Anyway, I have done many crops like this with my girlfriends in my home, mimosas & all and we always had a great time.




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Posted: 2/17/2013 7:52:47 AM
You have to tell that mom to either leave the child with her husband or a sitter. NO WAY would I let a 6 year old come to a crop. It is for women to get away and enjoy time with other women...not deal with a 6 year old! Ack!

I have only been at a very few home crops where there was not at least wine, but preferably liquor and mixers.

Sounds like you will have a GREAT TIME, but dump the kid!



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Posted: 2/17/2013 7:55:27 AM
It sounds like a fun crop theme, but I would probably pass if I knew a 6 year old was coming. Yes, I seriously would. I attend crops to get a break from my kids. It's highly unlikely a 6 year old is going to quietly sit and scrap the day away.

Now I think keeping your dining room available for eating is a great idea. In my group people would bring their personal cricuts and not expect to use mine. There is no reason to feel bad if you don't have yours available to use.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:19:06 AM
If it's just the girls getting together for a fun night of cropping, I don't think you're obligated to provide any kinds of tools, your Cricut included. If you want to have it out, though, you could let your guests know that they are welcome to use it, but they will need to provide their own mats. That would most likely limit the users to those who already own a Cricut. Or tell them they are welcome to bring their machines, and have an area where they can be set up for the day.

I would also DEFINITELY keep the dining area for food. 2 reasons: you don't want food or drink to accidentally ruin someone's work, and you don't want scrappers to accidentally ruin your table! I read a horror story somewhere - might have been here - about a scrapper who had a brand new dining table get ruined by someone using their circle cutter with no mat.

As for alcoholic drinks, I say yes. I think that's part of the fun of a full-day crop with friends. Relax, enjoy.

Let us know how it turns out!


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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:35:53 AM
Completely off topic. I notice someone mentioned checking ages for alcohol. Here and I presume I. England people can drink in their homes any age is it not the same in the US? I know the 21s rule is strict in licensed premises.

Sounds like it will be a great crop without the six year old

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Posted: 2/17/2013 1:41:55 PM
OMGosh thank you for all the great ideas. I stayed up til 4 in the morning planning the crop.

1. keeping separate eating space. Now a question. I have a square counter height table in my breakfast room that seats 8, is attached to kitchen so it is on tile. My dining table is round, seats 6, counter height and on hardwood.. I think I should make the dining room a scrap area but it is round.




which one?

2. ordered 4 tables to rent and 13 chairs (tables are 3x8) so 2 per table...rest on my own tables..2 on either dining room or breakfast room

3. I'll do a demo at noon, I'll put it on meetup board so that those who don't know how to use it will have a chance to learn if they want to and tell them to bring their own mats. So cricutgirl wish me luck. If it ends up being negative experience then I'll have reason to not allow children in future. But this little girl is really sweet and does well with us....and if conversation gets to be too much then mom can decide if she wants to stay or go.

4. Hate confrontation and because I couldn't disallow anyone at library and never served alcohol there, I don't have the guts to tell someone not to bring child since no one has mentioned it as a neg. except me...but I will put on meetup that alcohol will be served

5. I think everyone is over 21 but I if not, I will not let anyone under 21 drink here, even in my home. cut off time..great idea what time about 9pm since it goes to midnight. and i am making an alcoholic punch and non alcoholic punch and they look the same. I will have them labeled but will warn person with child of this.

Will have candy bar...found some cute pinterest ideas on how to display.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 3:47:00 PM
Here and I presume I. England people can drink in their homes any age is it not the same in the US >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

In the US it depends on which state. Some states allow parents or guardians to allow an underage child to have alcohol at home but they are not allowed to provide it to underage people who are not their own children.
Some states will go after the of age adult who provided the drinks. Other states will just go after the person who did the drinking.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 3:49:00 PM
I would make the scrap area the one that has the best proximity to the rented tables so it feels more like it is part of the rest of the party.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 4:18:04 PM
I would keep the food separate so as to avoid any accidents on projects. Drinks aren't a bad idea but I would limit them....lol. I would ask the mom not bring her daughter.....
As for your Cricut, I don' t think I would bring it out unless you want to spend time teaching those who don' t have one how to use it or risk it getting broken.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 4:34:12 PM
Just my 2 cents - I would probably avoid a crop with a child but like you, I dislike confrontation and if no one else has mentioned it, you're probably fine.

I would keep the crop area and eating area separate. It's nice to walk away from your work sometimes and just have an excuse to socialize.

I like the idea of the mimosas, wine, and punch. It's up to the attendee if they want to drink and a cut-off time is probably a good idea.

I also like the idea of having a Cricut demo and having folks bring their own cutting mat, if possible. Otherwise, you will constantly be showing folks how to use it.

Looks like you'll have a great crop! You've put a lot of thought and energy into it make it successful - good luck!


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