If you’ve known me for very long, you know that I love an excuse to throw a fun party and play hostess for an afternoon. (You may remember a couple that I’ve blogged about in the past, like the surprise mustache party & the Cinco de Mayo murder mystery…both a hit!) I knew I wanted to do a little something to get my teacher friends together to catch up & celebrate the season, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what.
And then, it hit me.
Or rather….I pinned it. Good ol’ Pinterest strikes again.
The idea was pretty simple…host a “Favorite Things” party! Start by inviting some of your favorite friends, ask them to bring their favorite snacky Christmas foods, and swap small gifts. But more on that later…
Here are a few pics from our part-ay!
The table…set with a tablecloth, cake platter, and cute little paper plates…all from my favorite store – Target! 😉
Didn’t make the cake myself…got it from my fav grocery shopping store – HEB! It was so rich…like wedding cake…but very tasty!
Strawberry soda dressed up with a little yarn & glitter…
Drink Bar…strawberry soda, sweet tea, hot Keurig drinks, and a little something called “Hot Vanilla.”
Funny story about the “Hot Vanilla”…I pinned it as well, but when I tried to access the link it warned me that it might lead to ‘inappropriate content.’ Bahaha…turned out it really just led to a recipe for hot vanilla (as opposed to hot chocolate) but we decided at the party that it would make a great stripper name! 😉
Everyone’s gift bags…personally decorated with doilies, yarn, and a printed chalkboard blessing.
Little to-go boxes to share all the sweet goodies everyone brings…Lord knows I didn’t need it all left at my house! I didn’t take a picture of all the sweet things the girls brought over…too busy eating I guess…
For the gift exchange, each girl was instructed to bring 5 duplicates of one of her “Favorite Things.” I didn’t get the best pic, but we definitely walked away with a pretty sweet haul. I gave everyone a chevron-striped pashmina…complete with a lesson in scarf tying! My friend J made t-shirt scarves for everyone – so adorable! (Mine had a little home-made rosette as a ‘thank you’ for hosting. Loved that little touch!) L brought her fav mascara, which I’ve already used…and loved! My college friend A gifted everyone with her favorite candy bar – chocolate is a girls best friend! And K wrapped up a $5 gift card to Starbucks for each lady. Perfect!
Before a couple of the husbands crashed our party, we wrapped up the talking and gifting and eating with a “Favorite Things” game. Each girl completed a quick survey (favorite Christmas movie, song, drink, etc.) and then I quizzed everyone on who said what. The winner received a popcorn tin (also one of my favorite things…last year I went through 5 of them!)
We decided that the “Favorite Things” party is…one of our new favorite things! Definitely hoping that this one will become a yearly tradition…if only we could get Oprah to join in on the fun! *wink*
One thing I didn’t remember to get…a picture of all of my favorite girls! 😦
KEEP CALM & CELEBRATE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS!