I am sure we all remember lanyards from our days of summer camp when we would spend hours trying to create these intricate designs out of strings of plastic. I was never very good at it, but then again I am not very artistic. Twenty something years later lanyards have leapt out of camp obscurity into the mainstream, and it is all because of the Lanyard Ladies. I attended a class held by the Lanyard Ladies to find out first hand why kids love their parties and programs.
The two owners of the Lanyard Ladies, Heidi Cohen and Colleen Demas met while at summer camp; they were working, not attending. They bonded over teaching kids how to make lanyards and friendship bracelets. They saw how popular the lanyard area was and thought it might make a good business. Now, the Lanyard Ladies are one of the most sought after party “entertainers” on Long Island.
For the past year, the Lanyard Ladies have been working parties all over Long Island. They will come to the party location with spools of lanyard cord in a variety of colors. Guests can make as many lanyards as they like during the hour and a half party. They also do parties in their party room at their studio in East Rockaway. They provide everything except the cake for the in-studio parties.
Starting at the beginning of this month, the Lanyard Ladies began offering lanyard classes in their studio. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 4 pm to 5 pm, and on Sundays from 11 am to 12 pm. The cost is $15 for all-you-can-braid during the hour. Class participants choose from different lanyard designs displayed on a board. Colleen or Heidi will start off your lanyard design and then show you how to continue working on it.
I attended a class last week with my 13-year old niece and her 14-year old best friend. Anyone who has kids this age know that they talk constantly. They did not talk at all during the lanyard class. They were completely focused on what they were doing. The rest of the kids in the class were younger, but no less focused. Interestingly, a lot of the moms, once they saw how much fun their kids were having, decided to make something too.
At the end of the hour, both girls had started about three lanyards which they planned to complete at home. Upon leaving, I heard the six sweetest words one can hear after taking a child to an activity, “I would like to go back.”
The Lanyard Ladies
21 Ryder Place
East Rockaway, NY
By Mikaela Walker