Tuesday, June 14, 2016

My Favorite Things Party

If you have never attended a Favorite Things party or even know what it is, keep reading, This was such a fun concept for a ladies' night party and it is super simple to throw one together.
You start with a theme (no theme is also a popular theme), determine the price range for the favorite item, and how many of that item each person should bring.

My wonderful friend, M, loves all things makeup so we decided on a beauty theme. We set up an event asking guests to pick an item around $8 and bring 3 of them. We did not ask them to wrap any of them but some of them did.  For those who did not wrap, we had some brown lunch bags on hand and got a lot of use out of them.

Brown paper bags, ribbon, items for any games you may want to play (plastic practice golf balls, tennis balls, pantyhose if you want to play the games listed here). Printer and paper to print questionnaires, signs, and tags.

For the food, we made it pot luck and asked each guest to bring their favorite snack, appetizer, drink, or dessert. A party is not complete without Nothing Bundt Cake!

Taste testing Nothing Bundt cakes

You don't have to play games but it can be a great icebreaker if many of your guests don't know each other. Each guest filled out this questionnaire. Then we jumbled them up and each person read a questionnaire for us to guess who it belonged to.

How we picked our favorite things:
Using the brown paper bags, we numbered the bottom of the bags 1 to 9. Using the plastic practice golf balls, each person threw three balls, aiming for the bags. Whichever bag the balls fell determined which favorite things they won. If you choose this method, once a number has been picked 3 times, you will need to remove that bag. The last two people threw their balls at the same time to compete for the last bags.

The last game we played was pantyhose bowling and I gotta tell ya, that is an awkwardly hilarious game. I highly recommend these shenanigans.

Gift bags:
This is definitely not something you have to include in your party planning. Each guest will go home with some goodies already. I decided to give each guest some other favorite things in brown paper packages tied up with string: Thirty-One nail file, Scripture card, Elf lip/cheek/eye cream, chocolate, encouragement card for them to share with a friend. 

Get this printable tag here.

Favorite Things:
You can set the price for the item your guests will pick and determine how many of that item to bring. We went with an $8 max  price and asked them to bring three of that item. Keep in mind the total cost each guest would spend. If you want to go home with more items, you can try $5 limit and bringing 5 items to the party.

These were all the favorite things our friends brought to share: NYX Not Your Mother's Argan Oil for Hair, doTERRA Citrus Bliss Hand lotion, Dr. Jart+ Face Mask, Younique Eye Pigment, Blistex chapstick, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish, Pro-Pac Hair Masks, Cuticle Removal Gel, Callous Shaver, Nail brush, Moscato, NYX Soft matte lip cream.

Our first Favorite things party was a success and I cannot wait for the next one. Laughing with these beautiful ladies was the highlight of the night. The goodies we got were just icing on the cake.

At the end of the night, we supplied gift tags and encouraged each person to write a note to a friend, something encouraging or a compliment. There were the sweet tags that brought a smile to my face and chuckle in my heart.

Visit Pinterest for more Favorite things party ideas.