I have been admiring My Favorite Things parties for some time now. I just love the concept of learning more about my girlfriends and trying out some of their favorite things. I mentioned the idea to some friends and they were so excited about the idea and couldn't wait to go shopping. I emailed my girlfriends a couple months in advance so they could save the date and also to let them know the "rules" and what I would need from them:
1. Each person brings 5 of their favorite things (costing $6 or less) and they can be all of the same or 5 different thing.
2. Bring your favorite dish. It can be a dessert, appetizer, entree, whatever you like.
3. Send me the following a couple weeks before the party:
a. top 2-3 favorite all time songs
b. favorite color
c. favorite quote
I did not tell anyone why I needed their favorite songs, color, or quote - they would just have to wait and see!
I wrestled with the theme for quite awhile. I was so tempted to go with my signature color, pink, but ultimately changed direction because it wasn't a party about my favorite things, it was about celebrating our favorite things. I went with "rainbow" as a theme to encompass a wide range of favorite colors.
I played around with a lot of different invitations designs and none of them were really speaking to me. I used to write poetry so one night when I couldn't sleep I started writing down my own version of the "Favorite Things" song from Sound of Music. When I was done I realized I had exactly what I wanted for the front of the invitation. The poem was on the front and the party info on the back with ribbon in rainbow colors to tie it all together.
I had seen a number of tissue paper garlands and thought those would work well with the feel of the party. I knew these would take awhile so I gathered my stacks of tissue, a pair of new scissors, a ruler, and a glass of wine while watching the Olympic Opening Ceremony with the family and cut for the next few hours. I had tassels hanging all over the house and backyard which looked to colorful and bright. I just loved it! I also used tulle to create a rainbow window treatment and rainbow honeycomb balls in the corners to tie them together.
Weeks before the party I made glittered wine glasses for every party guest. I bought the glasses at my local Dollar Tree and Modge Podge, Martha Stewart glitter, and clear spray sealer at Michael's. I did try another brand of glitter before using Martha's and it was not nearly as good. Like not even close. Martha's colors are vibrant and bold and very sparkly. I probably used about a 1/4 bottle of glitter on each glass. The one thing I will say about using the sealer is that it is NOT waterproof. Next time I would either seal with Modge Podge instead of the spray or find something more water resistant. It was a pretty big bummer when I went to wash the glasses out and the glitter started to melt away. I did not submerse the glasses either, just a little water trickled down and it started coming off. For the amount of time it took I wish I had tested one out before so I knew better than to just use spray. Other than that, this project was a huge success and will definitely do again. My friends loved their glasses and by doing each one in a different color they could easily keep track of their wine.
Each guest had their own place card so when a name was drawn we could easily figure out who brought what. There were so many fabulous gifts - I really wish I had taken a picture of the table filled with goodies before we started giving it all out. I gave insulated cups because I love drinking water and always have one with me. My mom brought champagne stoppers. Those are great! Somehow though in my house the champagne just disappears and I am left with an empty bottle... Everyone had their own bag with their name on it so we could easily identify who's bag belonged to who.
Before we started exchanging our favorite things I had my girlfriends fill out a little questionnaire about their other favorite things. I also made everyone a CD set to take home with two of everyone's favorite songs. Songs I didn't have, which were most, I purchased on iTunes. I purchased colored CDs from Amazon because, well, colored CDs are just more fun.
I made little cards out of each our quotes and used our favorite colors for the text. I told the girls not to tell anyone which quote was their own though. Whoever was up choosing their favorite things gift from the table had to find a quote and read it to the group. That person was then next. It continued until all the quotes were read and gifts were gone.
We had so much fun that we are going to have a Favorite Things Holiday Edition in December. Grab your girlfriends and your favorite things and have one yourself!
Reading our top five favorite things to eachother.
My friends trying to read my mom's handwriting on her name slip.
My 17 month old in her pink ruffle onesie and pink tutu.
Rum cake, chocolate mousse
CD of our favorite songs and NYR Organic gift bags.
Activities / Games
Favorite Things gift exchange.
What People Ate
Fondue, date rumaki, croque monsieur sandwiches, fruit, homemade bread, cheese dip, crackers and cheese, pastry bites.
What People Drank
Princess Punch, sparkling water, wine