Brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things…
We were singing this song on repeat this past weekend when we traveled to St. Louis to help Sarah’s mom throw a Favorite Things Party. We had so much fun that we are already dreaming up when we can host another party with our friends here in Memphis.
We had never heard of a Favorite Things Party before, but it is such a fun concept that can be adapted and personalized. Here’s how to throw a Favorite Things Party of your own:
1. Create a guest list. We suggest inviting around 8 – 20 people to maximize the fun. Too few and everyone goes home with the same gift, but too many and it gets difficult to stay organized.
2. Decide a price. This weekend the budget was $7 per item. Depending on your guests, you can go as low or as high as you wish, but make sure to keep your guests’ best interests in mind.
3. Create an invitation. On the invitation, list the time, date & location (obvi), but also ask them to bring five items of their favorite thing (at the price you decided above). For example, Jenny brought five cute notebooks with her favorite marker pen, because her favorite things are writing and hand-lettering.
4. Set a menu. Depending on the time of day, you can do everything from brunch to snacks to a full meal. For this party, all the guests were asked to bring their favorite snack or dessert. We enjoyed everything from mac n’ cheese to ding dong cake (just as delicious as it sounds), and Sarah made her delicious chocolate chip pumpkin cookies (recipe coming to the blog soon).
5. Pick out decorations. Sarah’s mom decorated in beautiful green and gray. She had matching tablecloths, napkins and the cutest paper straws. Jenny hand-lettered some signs to direct people where to put their favorite things and snacks when they came in
6. Finish preparations. Once you have a final guest list, you’ll need to write (or type and print) each person’s name out on a piece of paper five times. After you cut out each name, find a cute bowl or bucket to put all the names in for the drawing.
7. Enjoy the party. Start it off with casual food and conversation, and once everyone has eaten their fill, start the favorite things game. Have each guest come to the front, explain what their gift is and why it is their favorite thing, and then draw five names out of the bucket to take the gift home with them! If they draw their own name or someone’s name twice, have them put that name back in the bowl and draw again. (Once the five names are drawn, throw away those slips of paper – don’t put them back in the bowl!) For example, Sarah told the group that she brought coffee mugs with coffee because – does this need an explanation? – she loves coffee. Then, five other guests took home a cute new mug. At the end of the party, each person leaves with five new gifts!
The items this weekend ranged from favorite lotion to favorite book to favorite bottle of wine. It was so fun seeing everyone’s gifts and the variety of items chosen. There were lots of good food, laughs and fun presents!
And the best part is that you can take this simple idea and create a Favorite Things Party all your own. Here are some ideas for doing just that:
- Provide gift bags for your guests to fill up with their new five favorite things.
- Provide note cards for people to write down favorite things they did not receive, but want to remember.
- Have your guests also bring their favorite cookie or appetizer to share and have treat bags for guests to take some cookies or snacks home with them.
- Adjust the budget or number of items (3 gifts for $10 each, 5 gifts for $5 each, etc.)
- Pick a specific theme for the favorite things such as favorite kitchen item or favorite ornament.
Isn’t this such a fun concept? We can’t wait to host another Favorite Things Party soon.
What would you bring as your favorite thing?