Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Favorite Things Party

The idea for a Favorite Things party has been around the internet for a while and like many, as soon as I read about one, I wanted to throw my own. And it was a big hit!

The gist of a Favorite Things party is that each person should bring a few of their favorite things (in our case, three items) that cost $6 or less to share with everybody else. At the end of the party, each person goes home with three new favorite things!

I got much of my inspiration from A Bushel and a Peck and Homemaking Fun.

Decorations

If you follow me on Pinterest, you got a hint at one of the decorations I made for this party. I saw this chalkboard banner and knew that I had to make it. What’s great about this party banner is that it is customizable to any occasion.




The inspiration project used small wooden discs that were painted with chalkboard paint. Instead of wooden discs, I painted up some posterboard and then cut out the circles. Then I hot glued  the circles along a string of yarn. It worked just great.


Game

Before we shared our favorite things we played a short game. The winner of the game was given an advantage, which I’ll describe in a little bit.

For the game, I gave each person a paper that they filled out about a few of their favorite things (i.e. color, candy, actor, actress, flower, etc.) They turned in their completed papers to me, I mixed them up, then I read them aloud without telling who’s was who’s. Everyone wrote down their guesses while I read and the person with the most correct won the advantage.


Sharing Our Favorite Things

I've read of a few different ways that people have chosen to give out their favorite things. What I decided to do was have each person write down their name on three slips of paper that were then thrown into a large bowl. The person that won the advantage only threw in two slips.



We went around the circle and each of us pulled out one item and described what it was and why it was a favorite. Then the person sharing went to the bowl and pulled out one name-- who was the person that would received that item. We went three times around the circle, but stopped right before the very last item was revealed. This is where the advantage came in. The winner was then given the opportunity to steal one item of their choice or give up their advantage and receive the unknown last item. If they chose to steal, the person stolen from would get the last item.


Here Are a Few of Our Favorite Things

Some of the items that were brought were:
-Aquafina lipbalm
-Fuzzy socks
-Sharpie felt tip pens
-Local coffee shop gift card
-Chalkboard spray paint
-Nail art pen
-Coupon organizer
-Eating Well magazine
-Chocolate
-27 Dresses movie
-Roman Holiday movie

There were a few more, but I can’t remember them all! I should have written them all down.

Bags

A Bushel and a Peck decorated paper bags for everybody to tote their items home in. I loved that idea and it also gave me the chance to organize everything people would need during the party.



Inside the bags: pen, three slips of paper, game questionnaire, blank paper to write down game guesses


Food

I forgot to get a picture of the food. Sorry! I asked each person to bring a favorite appetizer or dessert to share. It makes it really easy on the hostess (yay!) and it was great to share another favorite thing with the group. Be prepared to share the recipe too.


The party was a lot of fun and it was recommended that I throw another one around Christmas time. Sounds like a great idea.


Let me know if you have any questions!



4 comments:

  1. Britany Allette StrohlAugust 10, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    I love your blog... come decorate my house for me!!!

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  2. You forgot my favorite thing! Cute mouse ring holders for the kitchen. hmmm I don't know if that is what they are called or house to explain them. Love the post.

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  3. Thanks, Britany! I wish I could, but I barely have time for mine. :) If you need any suggestions on anything though, let me know!

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  4. You're right. I loved your favorite thing too! Sorry, my bad.

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