Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I've got a Canning Party coming up!!! And other "party" ideas

Some of you that have been following my blog for a while know that I've been toying with the notion of a Canning Club for a while. Well I finally did have my first Canning Party last year ( see post here)
Well I am happy to report that I have another event planned for this Saturday! It's just me and one other gal, but we are planning on trying to get a few things for our pantries. ( Using frozen berries from this past Spring, and frozen peppers from the summer)

So this got me thinking, have any of you started anything similiar? Any kind of Once a Month Cooking Club, Baking Club, Casserole Club etc.?? Besides canning, here are a few other things I have thought of that would make great little social gatherings.
1. Crafting Club: Perhaps your friend quilts and you want to learn how. Maybe you can crochet but your friend can't. There are other talents as well that would be great to get together maybe once a month and learn from your friends. Things like scrapbooking, knitting, cross stitch, wood working, soap making ( I'm wanting to do this one) . Every month you get a group of ladies together, with one of the ladies being the "teacher" and at the end of the night you leave with new knowledge and maybe even a finished product. Here is a book I found called "Crafternoon"
2. Canning Club: See my post here.
3. Once a Month Cooking Party: I can certainly understand why this one is appealing. Stay at home mothers and working mothers alike want to provide nutrient filled meals to their families and they don't want to spend all day in the kitchen, nor do they want to spend a fortune making meals. So you could get a small group of women together to batch cook certain items and then everyone takes a pan home. So maybe you make 5 pans of spinach artichoke lasagna, and someone else makes 5 cabbage casseroles, etc. Then at the end of the night you leave with 5 different home cooked meals. This could work people. Gooseberry Patch has a book that talks a little about it ( Cooking Club) They even have invitations, menu suggestions, ingredients list etc.
4. Baking Club: I'm thinking this one would probably best be done at least bi-monthly, but you could easily do it from your home then arrange a meeting spot. Each person involved could batch bake a specific item, then share with everyone else. So I might back 6 dozen muffins, someone else does loaves of bread, someone else may do pie crusts to freeze, someone else does cookies... you get the picture. Then at 4 pm on Saturday afternoon you take them to someone's home and exchange. You come come with muffins, loaf of bread or two, a couple of pie crust and a dozen cookies... Sounds good to me .
What are you guys thinking? Any other types of clubs you would love to be involved in? Do you do this already? I would love to hear abou it!

Happy Homesteading Ya'll


  1. Great ideas! I can't wait to hear more about your party!

    1. They are calling for icy weather and possible power outages and such here this weekend, but I'm hoping that will pass us by. I'm ready to get into the kitchen....

  2. I want to hear more about your canning party! I have thought about a craft party, but it is so hard to get my friends together (sometimes we can't even get two of us). I will have to plan one in March and hope some can come.

    1. I know it can be very hard to get folks together. Maybe if they come once and see how fun it is, they will make sure to come again in the future!

  3. Great idea! Have fun canning :) Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!!! Can't wait to see what you share this coming Thursday :) Here's the super easy link to the next hop!

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