Holiday Party/PopUp Shop/Craft Gathering

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Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Grab some friends, put on your tackiest Christmas sweater and join us for an evening of making, shopping, sippin', and snackin'. We're gathering in the PERFECT space, a Breather room in the loop! We'll be sitting around this cozy space to learn some basic calligraphy with Sam Handel. Then, you'll create your own, unique gift tags with your new calligraphy skills. Joslyn Villalpando of J.Villa Workshop will show you how to make a pom-pom and tassels out of assorted yarn and string. Your gifts will be the best lookin' in all of Chicago and, believe me, you'll be looking for reasons to make more tassels, poms, and hand-lettered things!

A hot cider bar, snacks, and Bang Bang Pie will be available for you while you peruse and shop the works from a handful of local artists and vendors. One stop Holiday shopping, friends!

Olivia from Saturate Chicago is setting up a festive photo booth to capture your holiday spirit! It'll be so cute, you might just be able to use your photo for this year's holiday cards.

We'll also have a wrapping station with brown paper and string so you can use everything you made to wrap a gift! Feel free to bring those gifts you already brought (if ya like) and you can wrap anything you might buy at the party! 


  • A calligraphy demo + materials

  • A pom pom/tassel demo + materials

  • Hot cider (bourbon optional) + pie

  • Access to pop up shop with local makers

  • Swag bag 

  • Breather credit toward room rental


Breather offers beautiful and quiet meeting room rentals around Chicago's loop. Each room is unique and a variety of sizes are available for your next meeting or gathering. 


Minimum age

All ages welcome

What You Can Expect From This Experience
  • Calligraphy Gift Tags
  • Tassels & Pom Poms
  • Cider & Pie
  • Pop Up Gift Shop
Cancellation Policy

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Joslyn Villalpando

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My name is Joslyn Villalpando and I am a working artist and art educator in Chicago. After studying fine art and art education at the University of Cincinnati, I spent 7 years teaching elementary art. While teaching, I completed my master's degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), studying the impact of craft and fiber art on art education. My small research group of young participants grew into a little community while learning to weave, sew, embroider, and dye; sharing the stories, memories, thoughts, and ideas that arise when creating together.

After witnessing the beautiful community that is built when creating with friends, I first began holding craft and cocktail parties to spread my love of the handmade with my favorite people. We gathered to learn how to block print to make valentines or embroider to create holiday ornaments- each craft accompanied by a featured batch cocktail and treats, of course. Inspired by the old sewing circles and expanding on the theme of intimate, creative social gatherings, I am moving these parties from my tiny Chicago condo and hosting craft events at some of Chicago's most beloved bars, restaurants, coffee houses, boutiques, and cupcake shops. I love utilizing classic, traditional art/craft processes such as; weaving, embroidery, printmaking, and watercolor, and putting a contemporary spin on them to bring you a unique learning experience.

There's nothing better than gathering with others to make something by hand, learning skills and processes that can be used again and again. At each J.Villa gathering, you will experience a thoughtfully curated event in an inspiring space, hand selected and/or handmade art materials, and enthusiastic guidance through the craft process.

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