Fun Idea: My Favorite Things Party

Monday, May 28, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

I have a neighbor who loves to entertain, and just recently she hosted a "My Favorite Things" party. I thought the idea was so clever that I couldn't wait to share it with friends and TMoM readers. Yet little did I know, it's become quite the popular girls' night out alternative, and people are blogging about it like crazy with ideas and inspirations found on Pinterest.

The idea for the party actually originated from Oprah's popular My Favorite Things show, and it's a cute way to entertain with your friends, or as an alternative to the usual bunco, supper club or book club get-togethers. Here's how it works:

It's so simple. You can invite as many friends as you want or you can choose to keep the group relatively small. The party I attended included about 15 girls. Everyone was asked to bring five of their favorite things as gifts. Each gift had to be exactly the same and under $5.  When I arrived I was told to write my name on five slips of paper and drop them into a bag. After some mingling over cocktails and appetizers, we all gathered into the room with the gifts. We each then drew five names out of the bag - making sure each name we chose was different and not our own.

The host kicks off the game by standing up and sharing what gift she brought and why it's her favorite thing. She then delivers her gifts to each of the five girls whose names she drew from the bag. One of the five gift recipients then volunteers to share and distribute her favorite things, and so on and so on. At the end of the night, we all came away with five incredibly cute and creative gifts of our own!

Lots of the gifts at the party I attended focused around food and recipes (always great items to receive), as well as other ingenious $5 gift ideas. One person had the witty idea to purchase five wine glasses and paint the stem and bottom of the glass with black chalkboard paint (so you can write the wine glass user's name in white chalk at the bottom). Another girl brought a "date in a bag": a coupon to Redbox, a bag of microwaveable popcorn and two bottles of Red Oak beer. Someone else gave away their favorite brand of lip balm. Another girl planted her favorite herbs in five different unique pots (including one that was made from an old lunchbox). One of the gifts I received was all the fixings for s'mores. And what did I bring as my "favorite thing" gift? None other than the latest issue of People magazine (if you know me personally you know about my celebrity obsessions). It was such a fun night!

After the party, I did a little research and learned about all the blogs written about My Favorite Things parties (like this and this), as well as the ideas and inspirations for creative gift ideas (like this and this) - there are a million more posts like these circulating the blogosphere. It makes me want to host my own party, and I just might have to this summer.

Have you heard about My Favorite Things parties? If so, what clever gift ideas can you share?
Comments
1 commented on 28-May-2012 09:42 AM
I like parties and this is a great one where everyone is involved and it sounds wonderful. I think I will give it a try this summer.
Rachel commented on 28-May-2012 09:06 PM
I think this is the best idea! Every year when we do the Dirty Santa gift exchange, we say we should do it all year long. I think this is a perfect way to do something similar at any time of the year. Thanks for the great idea!
Heather McG commented on 30-May-2012 09:47 AM
love this! what a fun idea!

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