These Joyfestivals can be celebrations in the home, office, offsite location, in a nonprofit or private locale or even an online party. They have been gently tweaked by women’s groups and religious groups to serve their specific needs. Some of these have even been done as professional development programs, outdoor educational experiences and continuing education.
What all Joyfestivals have in common is that they are gatherings especially meant to highlight and hone in on meaningful connections between those who are there and with the topic(s) being focused on for that type of Joyfestival.
Joyfestivals currently being featured and available as kits to purchase here include:
JOYFEST! • Celebrate Life Soiree! • Happiness Room! • C3 = Cards, Crafts & Connection!
Everyone loves an excuse to get out and be joyful and come to a day full of joy-upping activities! Have you ever wanted to plan all sorts of activities and events for inculcating joy and happiness and frivolity in others? Get in on planning a JOYFEST and pull together all sorts of ways to jump for joy and up your (and possibly even others’) joy quotient. There you have a JOYFEST gathering. The laughter, comedy, crafting and specific exercises for joy will pull your guests into having a great JOYFEST. Learn How to Plan a JOYFEST Basic Kit and Tutorial: This includes agenda ideas for the day, sample invitations and menu ideas, inexpensive prop ideas, checklists for supplies and a timeline of things to take care of on your way to the JOYFEST event date. Includes sample signs that can be printed out for different JOYFEST components as well.
Celebrate Life Soiree!
This is your chance to shout out to the world and anyone you choose to invite how grateful you are for all that is going well, even in the midst of what might not seem to be so grand all the time. Celebrate Life Soiree gatherings are a way to focus on blessings, gratitude, divine providence, and call together those individuals whom you know also want to try to focus more and more on the good (and hidden good) in their lives and all around us. The Celebrate Life Soiree Gathering Kit and Tutorial will help take you there. Included in the kit are examples of invitation wording, things to do with your with your physical or virtual guests, supply lists and possible food and beverage ideas, as well as a sample checklist to get you well on your way to having a successful Celebrate Life Soiree.
Want to pull together fabulous resources and different types of interactive materials and exhibits that help showcase various unique ways to understand the concepts of happiness, joy, gratitude, calm, flow, calm and meditation? The Happiness Room Kit and Tutorial has a template to make this easy to do. You can help your friends, colleagues or those in your organization, nonprofit or elsewhere to explore these themes and hopefully help raise your own and their “happiness quotient!” The Happiness Room kit gives you lots of ideas and sample lists of supplies needed, possible exhibits and interactives (for a variety of types of exhibits and ways to get people drawn into the ideas and concepts themselves.) This kit also includes a detailed timeline that will help you to stay on track of the different tasks that need to happen to pull off an impressive Happiness Room of any size! Sample wall signs and posters are included and can be printed out as well when you purchase and download this kit.
C3 = Cards, Crafts & Connection!
C3 kit is perfect for calling together friends, pulling together lots of cool crafting supplies, hand-making and/or writing cards for fun or a cause and having much camaraderie and connection over great food and good times together. This can be a great bonding experience with those there, as well as those you hand make cards for. It can also connect you with those you don’t often have a chance to see. Gather for good and craft cards for connection: Check out C3 = Cards, Crafts & Connection Gathering Kit! Included are all card-crafting supplies and materials checklists, timelines for having a simply smashing C3 gathering, sample menu ideas, invitation templates, and other great components that will help you pull this party together successfully.
A Few Tips on Gatherings and Parties in Various Locations, For Various Types of Events and Organizations and More:
Home Parties • Celebrations Offsite • Professional Development Gatherings
Online Parties • Faith – Based Group Gatherings.
Some things to keep in mind for home parties are that the party may take over your living space for a while, while you plan for, set up and break down all of the various components. That being said, they are often wonderfully warm and cozy. It’s nice for guests to come to someone’s home and have that homey taste of sitting in someone’s living room getting to connect for crafting and greater connection (C3 = Cards, Crafts & Connection Gathering Kit,) or to come together at home for lots of pure joy, fun and happiness (How to Plan a JOYFEST! Basic Kit and Tutorial anyone?)!
Gatherings and parties in the home involve your personal style and all that entails. Keep in mind storage of all the items until the time of the event. You may want to have extra sets of hands to help out with set up and break down and ask for volunteers. Think if you need any additional chairs, tables, etc. Parking permits and noise levels in residential neighborhoods are also something to consider.
Think about the site, storage of your items, bringing items there, where things can be left, but still be secure. How much space is there between your group and others for you to spread out and have a place for everything you want to do at the gathering? Other considerations include food and beverage rules/restrictions for the site/locale, parking and parking validation and if you need to sign a contract or put down a deposit, etc. If this is an event for colleagues at a workspace, keep in mind to check if you’re allowed to do these types of events during business hours or afterwards and any other worksite protocol matters. If this is an event for colleagues at a work space keep in mind to check if you are allowed to do these types of events during business hours or afterwards and any other work site protocol matters. These types of gatherings can lend themselves well to community meeting rooms and other spaces outside the home as well.
Professional Development Gatherings:
Happiness Rooms and JOYFEST Joyfestivals have successfully been run as events for professional development. Feel free to consult with Joyfestival Industries also if you, or your staff or organization, want to try to produce any of the Joyfestivals for a staff in-service or continuing education and professional development type workshop or check out the Happiness Room Kit and Tutorial and make a Pop – Up Happiness Room for your workspace or for those whom your organization services too.
You could try to do a virtual Celebrate Life Soiree, for example, with video conferencing software, specifically for you and your friends. Consider party supplies that all participants could obtain, or easy crafting ideas people could do with items on hand. Check out the JOYFEST kit or the Happiness Room Kit & Tutorial for sample signs, wall signs and posters that can be printed out for use in different online gatherings for virtual backgrounds, banners and props. As technology changes, there will be new ways to involve people from different locations in your Joyfestival gathering and giving repertoire!
Faith – Based Group Gatherings:
Calling on others to think about what they are grateful for and what is divine providence in their lives speaks is the theme of the Celebrate Life Soiree: Celebrate Life Soiree Gathering Kit and Tutorial, but you could do any of these Joyfestival types of gatherings with your faith – based community. And it may be something your group or organization chooses to do for those in the greater community as well.
For ways to keep you and your invitees busy for hours, check out the Crafts & Projects and for further party planning and gathering advice, consulting and other Joyfestival needs, contact us here. To read more of other Joyfestival Industries offerings, check out our services page.