Hosting a Favorite Things Party
Ya’ll!! Have you ever hosted a Favorite Things Party? Favorite Things Parties are ALL the rage right now. I’d been wanting to throw one for quite some time, so I decided to make my annual Christmas gathering into a Favorite Things Party.
How do you throw a Favorite Things party?
You guys…it’s so simple.
1.First, decide on the logistics of the party. Where and when will it be held? Who will you invite? I had the party at my house and I invited about 20 or so girls and just created an event on Facebook as the invitation. You could always print out or purchase a cute invitation but I’m always looking for ways to save on money because #teachersalary.
2. Set a budget for the gifts. I chose $30 total. So each guest brought 3 of their same favorite item worth $10. (example: 3 blankets or 3 candles)
3. Think of a theme for the party. Since my party was around the holidays, my home was already decorated for Christmas. This was easy and affordable because I had lots of beautiful décor and I didn’t have to spend much money there. I printed out some free signs and a banner from my computer and purchased cute paper products for serving food.
4. Have all the guests bring their FAVORITE appetizer or dessert to share. Y’all this was as much fun as the gifts. Me and my people LOVE food. We had the best time eating all the delicious treats and even shared some recipes with each other.
5. Provide a designated space for each guest to display their unwrapped gifts. I chose to have them bring their gifts unwrapped so everyone could see what the items were before we started the exchange part of the party. It was so cool to see how different and unique each of the gifts were. Once it was time to pick the gifts, I had each guest write their name on 3 different pieces of paper and put each one into 3 different bowls. This way, we had 3 rounds of drawing the names. Once a name was picked, that guest got to choose which gift they wanted and it was theirs to keep, no stealing!!! By the end of the exchange, each guest went home with 3 new gifts.
6. Provide a bag for your guests to take their 3 new gifts home in. I just purchased plain, brown bags at Dollar Tree and added scrapbook paper and tissue paper to make it cute.
7. Give a party favor. This is completely optional but, if you’re like me, I love to make my guests feel special and important and I always try to give them a little something when they leave my home. This time I purchased some mason jars, artificial holly, greenery and ribbon and made some cute, inexpensive vases that several of my guests used as décor during the holiday season. Other party favor ideas I love are printing out free printables on Pinterest with cute graphics, sayings or scriptures and framing them with frames from Dollar Tree (I absolutely LOVE these free scripture printables from the Mountain View Cottage.) Another simple idea is a small candle wrapped in twine. Party favors don’t have to be elaborate or break the bank, your guests will just be happy that you thought of them.
My Favorite Things party was SO much fun and the girls have already requested this party again for next year. I’m already thinking of ways to make my 2nd annual Favorite Things party even better than the first one.
Have you ever thrown a Favorite Things Party? What were some of the favorite things your guests brought?
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