Set up craft stations.

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Set up stations for each project. In order to give everyone plenty of room to work in, put stations in various rooms on the main floor. Stock each work area with ample materials and supplies (scissors, glue guns).

  • For cooking projects, fill large (labeled) mixing bowls with the main ingredients and add a serving spoon to each. Have pounding tools (plastic-wrapped flashlight, food can), cellophane packets and boxes of canning jars nearby for speedy assembly.
  • For craft projects, ask one guest at each station to show newcomers how to do that particular project. Stow additional materials for each project under the table.
  • Set up a separate station for making labels and wrapping packages. Stock with raffia, holiday-patterned fabric cut in circles (for layered jar lids), boxes and bags for hauling loot home, blank tags, a hole punch, gift wrap, ribbon, tape, glue and scissors.
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