Before Jonathon and I got married, we both expressed a deep desire to maintain friendships and continue building community despite the whirlwind of changes that married life would bring. We started off by hosting a monthly get-together called "7-11". We invited some of our local (and not so local friends) to come for a Friday night of fellowship, games, and snacks. It has been a fantastic way of staying connected with old friends and we have grown to love our monthly tradition.
Recently, out of a desire to build new friendships with local ladies in Atlanta, Jenny and I started what we call "Pinterest Parties". These parties occur once every other month and our heart is to create a relaxing atmosphere where ladies can do crafts together, talk about life, and make new friends. We've had two so far and they've been amazing. I'm loving getting to know new people and have an excuse to get crafty!
At our last Pinterest Party, we did the Photo Canvas Transfer DIY from Elsie's blog. Everyone brought beautiful pictures and, since it's an overnight project, I got to see the final results on their Instagram accounts. :) After prepping our canvas project, we spend the rest of the evening telling stories, painting, and eating fruit and cookies! Here is a peek at how my project turned out:
I got the opportunity to meet some blogger friends in person at the last party! It was such a neat experience to be able to connect with ladies via blogging and then have the opportunity to spend time with them in person. I'm hoping these "Pinterest Parties" will become a special new tradition. :)
Ideas for Building Community in Your Hometown
* Have a monthly Pinterest Party. Invite new people!
* Put together a Bible study or book club.
* Knitting//Crocheting party.
* Dinner party. Have ladies take turns hosting a dinner in their place and have everyone contribute. You could even make it themed every month!
* Game night.
* Love to watch a good show?! Make it a show night!
* Set weekly//monthly dates with your friends for coffee, shopping, or antiquing.
* Get a group of people together to attend events like craft shows, local classes, and concerts.
* Set lunch dates with people you'd like to get to know at work.
* Go on double-dates with couples you and your significant other connect with.
* Host a good ol' fashion slumber party with the works: movies, nail painting, and lots of junk food!
* Road trip! One of the best ways to get to know people. :)
* Scrapbooking night.
* Have a neighborhood pool? Invite friends for a weekly swim.
Have any tips on building community? What are some ways that you like to get your friends together or get to know new people? Please share! :)