Well today is my 32nd Birthday! I am not doing anything big this year. I usually like to do a big party with lots of planning involved. But after my wedding, I have kind of taken a break on planning things. I will get back in the groove some time soon though. Plus we are working on moving…not that we have a place yet. That’s a whole different story that I won’t even get into right now. So this year we are keeping things pretty mellow.
Anywho in celebration of my birthday this year I wanted to share what I did for the big 3-0. This was one of my favorite birthday celebrations (pun intended), and it was a Favorite Things Party! Since I didn’t have a blog at that time, I didn’t get a chance to share any of these fun pictures. So what better time then now?
What is a Favorite Things Party you ask? Well it’s based off Oprah’s Favorite Things. The short version: It’s a party where everyone brings a few of the same favorite thing and by the end of the night, everyone gets to go home with a few gifts! Yeah baby! The long version: Each guest brings multiples of the exact same thing. The amount is up to the host, but it is usually between 3 and 5. A price limit should be set so that the gifts are in the same range. Then you pick 3-5 people (the method for choosing these peeps is up to you.) and those people get to go home with that item. This is a great time to find out about new products and such because each guest explains why this product is their favorite thing before they give them out. How awesome is a party where everyone gets to go home with a few great surprises?
So I sent out the invites, yep that’s right. I sent old school invites through snail mail! I bought these brown envelopes from Michael’s because it made me think of the song, “My Favorite Things”. You know, “Brown paper packages tied up with string.” But they needed a bit more sparkle, and of course I had to include my favorite color pink! So I bought a roll of this sparkly paper and cut it out to use as an insert to make the envelope shine. This tutorial can help you achieve the same look. Here’s what mine looked like. The invitations were sent with basic information. Then the ladies who RSVP’ed received an email with all the rules for the game.
I wanted to incorporate my favorite colors as well, since this party was all about what I loved. My colors were pink and turquoise/teal. I purchased many of my decorations from Michael’s and Party City and I used personalized touches that I ordered from Vistaprint to make everything truly mine.
When they ladies walked in, there was a table with name tags. The name tags said, “Hello I’m _____ and I’m one of Angela’s Favorites.” There was also a small basket and 3 slips of paper with each lady’s names on them. The directions were on the table in a picture frame. The ladies were instructed to place their names in the basket.
The gifts were placed on a table and next to the table were the bags that each lady had for the gifts that she received.
While we waited for all the guests to arrive, we had some of my favorite foods to munch on. Unfortunately we didn’t get a picture with the food uncovered. But you can get an idea of what the table looked like.
Once everyone arrived we started the game. I began by giving everyone my gift which was homemade mint and lavender bath salts.
For my party, each guest brought 3 of their gift. One for the birthday girl and 2 to hand out. I set a limit of $7 value for each gift. After I handed out my gift, I picked the person to start. Each guest shared a funny story about me then she talked briefly about her Favorite Thing. She picked 2 names out of the basket, and those two ladies received the gift. We just went on like this until all the gifts were all given out. There were a couple hiccups when the same name was picked. But we made it work.
Some of the gifts were: homemade body scrubs, lotion, candles, lottery tickets, devotionals, wine, jewelry, nail polish, eye lashes, homemade hair accessories, lush bath bombs. They were great!
Then of course we had to have my favorite cake. White cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream frosting.
As you can see, this is a fun party theme that can be easily done. You can do this as a Christmas gift exchange or for an informal get together. There are so many great ways that you can make it your own! After reminiscing about this event, I want to do another one soon!
Have you ever been to a Favorite Things Party? If so, what kind of gifts were handed out?