Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A "Favorite Things" Party

I just hosted this party with my friend Kristin. We had a lot of fun planning and hosting it!

We sent the invitations out using Evite. Here is what the invitation said, You are invited to a "Favorite Things" exchange party! We all have that special something that we just can't live without like a lotion, a must- have kitchen gadget, a scented candle, or a fabulous accessory. Please bring one of your favorite things to swap. There is a $10 limit. Refreshments will be served.

When our guests arrived we handed out these questionnaires. We asked them to secretly fill them out and return them to us. After we collected all of them my friend Kristin read them out loud. The guests had to guess whose card was being read. It was a fun way to find out more about each other. The questions we asked were:

What is your favorite movie?
What is your favorite season?
What is your favorite holiday?
What is your favorite book?
What is your favorite hobby?

Next we handed out these tins of M&M's. We told the guests not to eat the M&M's until the game was over. For each color of M&M we had them name some of their favorite things. For example if they had three blue M&M's then they had to name three of their favorite TV shows. Here are the colors and questions we used:

Red - favorite restaurants
Blue - favorite TV shows
Green - favorite foods
Brown - favorite stores

Next we put everyone's "Favorite Things" in the middle of the room. We had everyone draw a number. The person with number one got to choose first. They opened their bag and showed everyone what was inside. Then we had the person who brought it explain why it was one of their favorite things. I didn't get a picture of the favorite things but here is a list of what everyone brought:

A Pumpkin Patch scented candle
A Japanese Cherry Blossom scented candle
Three Bath and Body Works hand soaps
A big bottle of Aveeno lotion
Some gourmet hot cocoa
A night mask that you put in the freezer and a lip gloss
Some chocolates and a set of cards
Some treats, nail polish, and nail stickers

For the refreshments we had an ice cream sundae bar. Everyone was able to top their ice cream with their favorite toppings. I took this picture before the party. We also had brownies, bananas, and whip cream. YUM!!!

I made simple napkin rings out of the matching scrapbook paper. I cut the strips of paper 4" long by 1 1/2" wide.

I found some white take out boxes at Micheal's craft store. I filled them with some of my favorite chocolates. (The Bliss milk chocolate meltaways are the best!) I wrapped them with a strip of matching scrapbook paper. The strips I used were 12" long by 1 1/2" wide. I taped one side to the bottom and then tightly wrapped it around the box and taped the other end to the bottom. Then I made the tags in paint shop pro and tied them on with ribbon. These were super fast and easy to make.

The favor boxes wrapped in the matching scrapbook papers.