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How to Throw a DIY Party

Throwing a DIY party isn't quite a “thing” like Tupperware and jewelry parties (yet), but they are fast catching on as a great way to get much-needed help and share ideas about home improvement. DIY parties are basically show-and-tell for anyone who wants to learn how to do something new around the house and get help doing it. Let’s break down how it works (or how it <em>can</em> work, because it’s too new to have rules): <strong>Step 1: Form the group/club.</strong> The main component of a successful DIY party is a core group of people who understand that you get out of it what you put into it. New invitees should be welcome to join and observe without pressure, but sharing and participation is essential. <strong>Step 2: Roundtable ideas, projects and problems.</strong> This is the fun part. Use the “opening minutes” to enjoy refreshments and discuss home projects. Give everyone a chance to share about successes and failures, and where they’d like to learn more. <strong>Step 3: Set up a project-focused rotation.</strong> “Okay gang, next Tuesday we’re going to talk about installing Rick’s new <a title="Garbage Disposals" href="http://www.atgstores.com/garbage-disposals--_588.html?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">garbage disposal</a>.” Then, ideally the next group meeting would take place at Rick’s house on the Tuesday in question. That way, there is an opportunity to see all the pieces and problems in the puzzle and the entire group can work together to make it easier for Rick. <strong>Step 4: Install the garbage disposal.</strong> Remember that bit about getting out of it what you put into it? This is where that really pays off. If everyone is committed to learning and doing, actual DIY projects can get done – or at least get started in the right direction. <strong>Step 5: Always remember to bring your DIY book.</strong> Dedicated DIYers always have a favorite <a title="Best DIY Book List" href="http://www.atgstores.com/ourblog/best-diy-book-list-ever/" target="_blank">DIY book</a>, and if you don’t have one you can pick one up. Bring it to your meetings and dog-ear the sections you’ve worked through and the things you’ve learned. <strong>Step 6: Have fun!</strong> <a title="ATG Stores Home Page" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes you have fun at your next (first?) DIY party!
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