What better way to get in the Valentine's Day mood, than sipping champagne and mingling with your girlfriends for a fun do-it-yourself candle making bash?!
This past week, one of my good friends and fellow DIY'er Melanie, owner of Petit Elephant NYC, and I hosted a fabulous and over the top Valentine's Day themed event. The ladies were treated to a delicious champagne punch with strawberry and raspberry infused ice cubes, a chocolate fountain and of course champagne jello shots in the shape of hearts. Some of the event features were a "Kiss Me Wall", photo booth using the InstaX Mini 8 camera for instant pictures as well as adorable Valentine's Day Themed props! An incredible raffle sponsored by Glam Squad which is having a special promo right now $25 off your first booking using code GLAMLOVE25, Jeff Lake Camp, Current Fitness, CleoNYC Chloe and Isabel and of course Petit Elephant!
However, the biggest focus of the night was on the fun DIY craft that I put together; candle making! I created two super sentual choice for the ladies to choose from. The first scent was a mix of citrus notes and was cleverly called Love Spell, the second option was a seductive sweet chocolate scent. I used essential oils that are safe for the skin. The candle wax is made from all natural soy and can be used as massage oil when melted. How perfect, right?!
First, the ladies decorated their candle tin with crystals and personal touches that Melanie and I carefully arranged at each place setting including labels that they could write a personal message on, or simply a "Made With Love" label. I then went around the tables and taught the ladies one-on-one, how to set up the candle wick to get it ready for the wax to be poured. Once they completed this, they came to the kitchen where I had the hot candle wax in the two enticing scents. I explained to our guests, as they decided over their scents, how the wax is melted and what it looks like pre-heated. I explained how I prefer to use soy wax chips because I like the way they melt quickly and it makes my job super easy! I stressed the importance of safety during candle making through-out the demo. I used a double boiler to prevent over-heating the wax which could catch on fire if left over direct heat. I also, showed them how I used a thermometer to monitor the heat of the wax. The wax should always be poured at a temperature of approximately 130-150 degrees.
I love crafting, but not everyone shares this same interest. Seeing the look of joy and accomplishment on their faces when there were done is so empowering. I love showing how easy many DIY projects can be, and also how fun!
The night finished with our lucky raffle winners being chosen. However, no one went home empty handed along with their DIY candle, the woman personally selected a piece of lingerie from the La Mariee Lingerie Sample sale.
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