How many out there resolved to entertain more this year? Good for you! Contrary to much of what we love to see and pin on the internet, parties can be simple, budget-friendly, and easy to plan! I'll be posting a few examples as part of a series I've named, "So you want to host a party . . ."
One of my favorite parties from last year was a favorite things party I threw for my own birthday! Is that a party hosting faux pas? I don't know. But I figured, I wanted to celebrate my day with my friends doing something I love to do--host parties! Plus everyone gets gifts at this party, so I think it's totally appropriate.
Favorite things parties can be done in lots of different ways. I've heard of some where everyone brings favorite items to "show and tell," and a treat to share. I've heard of parties where everyone prepares a basket of favorite things and then exchanges them. Lots of really fun ideas.
Here are the simple details of how our party went down:
-Everyone brought 3 of the same gift to exchange.
-The gift had to be around 5 dollars (so $15 total was spent).
-The gifts were wrapped and put in a big pile.
-Everyone chose 3 gifts from the pile.
-We opened the gifts by giver. Meaning all 3 of the same gift was opened at the same time.
-Whoever was the giver of the gift then explained why it was one of their favorite things.
-As the host, I assigned everyone to bring either a favorite dessert, appetizer, or drink to share.
Not sure what kind of items to exchange? Beauty products are always fun, party supplies, stationery, favorite quotes, anything goes! One of my friends brought potted peony plants! That was awesome.
Before the party I made a list of other "favorites" we could go around the circle and vocally share. Things like favorite restaurants, places to shop for clothes, blogs and websites, books, TV shows etc. It's so fun to get ideas and learn more about each other.
This was such a fun party, and an easy one to host! Besides having my house clean, an appetizer ready, and my own 3 gifts wrapped, there wasn't much else to do. It might turn into a yearly birthday tradition for me.