The first time I heard about a "favorite things party" was during my early days on Pinterest. (Just do a search and you'll get lots of results).
This idea totally clicked with me and I knew that I had to throw my own Favorite Things Party someday.
After we accepted the new job last fall I decided that would be the perfect chance to throw one last party. So last September I invited a small group of friends to my home for a evening of favorites.
This is the only photo I have of the invites -- the side is cut off for whatever reason. (The little specks you see are glitter from Anna's pajama party invitations that I was making at the same time. These parties were back to back -- friday and saturday. I know how to pack it in.)
Please join us for an evening of favorite things
Please bring four of your favorite things (under $6) to share with the group.
You will also go home with four new favorite things.
So that's the basic idea. Gather friends. Everyone brings their favorite thing (in a multiple of 4 or 5, whatever you choose). Set a spending limit. And then you do a swap.
For decor I started with "brown paper packages tied up string" and carried that feeling into the burlap runner, white tablecoth, yellow flowers and pretty glass dishes (picked up from the thrift store). Simple and classic.
When everyone arrived we munched on appetizers . . . chips and a favorite dip, spreads, veggies, and little cups of fruit. I also fired up the blender and made Lava Flow drinks. My favorite drink from Hawaii! Find the recipe HERE.
We started things out with a little game. I handed out a slip of paper with 10 questions and asked everyone to fill it in.
Then we went around the room, one question at a time, and listened to everyone's answers. If somebody else wrote the same answer as you (they had the same favorite flower, or book, or color, etc.) you had to cross out your answer. Does that make sense? Kind of like Scattegories, you might say. At the end, everyone tallied their remaining answers -- the ones that were not crossed out. And the 2 people with the most points (i.e. the people with the most unique tastes) got a prize.
It was a lot of fun! But it was really important to not share the purpose and judging criteria at the beginning of the game, or else people would have tried to be more specific and out-there with their responses. The prize was a copy of "A Mother's Book of Secrets" by one of my favorite bloggers and her mother.
The game was such a great activity -- we got to learn more about each other and we also got some great book and website suggestions. I know I was scribbling down notes!
You can download the game HERE: Download Favorites game.
Now onto the swap portion of the evening . . .
For our swap, everyone wrote their name on 4 pieces of paper and dropped it into a dish. I mixed up the names and then went around the room and allowing everyone to choose 4 slips of paper (making sure not to choose their own name). The 4 names that you selected became the recipients of the gifts that you brought.
Each person took a minute to talk about their favorite thing and then distribute the gifts to the ladies that they chose.
It was really so much fun! Lots of anticipation on both the giving and receiving ends. Just like Christmas! But in September! And with cool girly stuff!
I gave 2 mini latte bowls (in seafoam and ivory) from Anthropologie. I just love them. Other favorite things included: chocolate truffles, face wash, a meal planning system, s'mores kit, a family dinner-time conversation game, soap, and more.
I handed out the brown paper bags above for collecting your new favorite things. Inside I also included a can of Cream of Coconut and a recipe to make your own Hawaiian Lava Flow drinks at home. (You can also download the recipe card HERE: Download Lava flow recipe)
Of course I couldn't leave them without dessert before going home. So I made my favorite . . . . pizookies!
Talk about a great evening . . . . games, gifts, visiting with great women, yummy drinks, dessert . . .
I definitely want to do it again!