May 23, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting
As the child of two super DIYers and party enthusiasts, Andrea Greco grew up with a love for crafting, cooking and all things party related. This creative upbringing served her well: her impressive background includes the Hollywood glamour of 20th Century Fox’s Licensing and Merchandising division. But after working there for seven years, the California native felt ready for change, and she made a huge one when she moved east to attend Parsons School of Design. While taking classes, she began assisting prop and set stylists on photo shoots of food and fashion, and it was then that Andrea discovered her true passion.
Since that time, her career has continually evolved. She works as a stylist on both film and photo shoots, and she also develops crafting DIY stories as a Contributing Editor for County Living Magazine. Andrea’s eye for beauty, artistic talent and all around fabulousness make her a valued partner here at Cricut. We were jazzed to speak with the witty New York-based Maker about some fun and unique ways to spend a summer afternoon (which, according to Henry James, are the two most beautiful words in the English language.)
Andrea Greco, hostess extraordinaire.
With the approach of the summer season, people are in full party-planning mode. What makes a get together great?
Well, don’t forget to have good music. And the food is key, as everyone knows. But accessibility to the food—how it’s set up and presented—is just as important.
What’s a food-presentation trick that works well in summer?
I like to have a slider bar with a large array of traditional and gourmet condiments. I use Popsicle® sticks and my trusty Circuit to make markers that convey what the options are. Not only do they help your guests decide what to choose, they make the table look better.
We hear that you’re a big fan of party games.
Yes! They can be a good way to bring people who don’t know each other together. Everyone, regardless of age, can be goofy and have a good time. Adults let their guards down and we can see the kid at heart. And if there are prizes, even better! Everyone loves a prize.
Before we focus on your ideas for a brilliant barbeque, we’d love to know if you remember the first project you did with a Cricut?
I do! I was going to a party later that day, and I was so excited to realize that I can just whip out a card! I remember thinking, “I love this thing!” It was a big day for a DIYer like myself.
Finally, tell us how you’ll be spending your free time this summer.