I’ve seen favorite things parties all over pinterest and I had been dying for a reason to throw one for quite some time. Naturally, when I saw that a ladies brunch group I’m a part of was in need of a May hostess, I jumped at the chance to finally put this together. The party itself wasn’t super fancy so I wasn’t sure that I was going to share or not, I’m not used to planning adult parties! I did however, create several printables and I thought someone else may be able to put some of them to use so decided to do a quick share. Because it’s just a Facebook group I didn’t create tangible invitations but instead opted for a group event page. The party info read this:
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things…
Here’s the skinny, purchase 5 of your favorite things (under $5). This can be anything at all you love! An awesome lipgloss or chapstick, a cool face mask, awesome markers, candy, snack, lotion, you get the idea. When you arrive, you’ll write your name 5 times and place them in a bowl. We will take turns presenting our favorite things and then drawing a name from the bowl to give each one away. By the end, we will each have 5 NEW favorite things!
When guests arrived, they grabbed a plate and piled on the grub and mixed themselves a drink. I set out grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, and orange mango juice with several bottles of champagne for those who wanted mimosas. I also set out olives, vodka, bloody mary mix, and the fixings for that. I had water too but not much of that was consumed! haha
I didn’t go super crazy with food, I chose mini pancakes with syrup dipping cups, donut holes, sausage balls, cheese, crackers, chips, salsa, and 2 different quiche options. I was worried it wouldn’t be enough food but we were all pretty stuffed. It was a pretty cost effective menu. The donut holes were about $1.50 per dozen at my local donut shop, I got a big bag of pre-made mini pancakes at walmart for under $5, and the little individual containers for the syrup at dollar tree (10/$1). I made the quiche(s) myself, they’re super easy and delicious!
I originally set out to order custom cups but couldn’t find them in a small enough quantity (I was only expecting about 10 guests), plus, I was having a hard time committing to a single saying, I thought it would be fun to have different cup options. The group is called “b!#ches who brunch” (I didn’t name it) and I kinda wanted to incorporate that but the mom in me didn’t want it all over EVERYTHING! lol So, instead, I bought cheap clear plastic cups at walmart and a package of round adhesive labels at dollar tree. I downloaded the template online and used photoshop to add cute little sayings, printed, and stuck right on to the cups. The girls had fun picking a cup and cute paper straw. I chose polka dot paper straws with cute little flags to write everyone’s name on so we didn’t get our cups mixed up.
I set up a separate table with bags for everyone to take home their favorite things and a bowl to put everyone’s name in. Everyone set their favorite things here when they came in. When it was time, we took turns standing and presenting our favorite things, then drawing a name and giving that item away. It was super fun, and we got some great goodies! I purchased the brown paper bags at michael’s, printed out the label at home, and attached it with glitter washi tape.
It was a little different planning a party for moms and not kids. I had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I didn’t need to plan a bunch of activities or games! lol We just ate, drank, visited, and did lots of laughing. In addition to the favorite things exchange, I set up a Photo Booth area in the front living room with props. We may have had a little fun with that too.
We had lotsa fun, can’t wait to do it again! I’m going to attach the table decor signs, even a few I didn’t actually end up using. No sense in them just sitting lonely and un-used on my computer. Hope you get some use of them! I don’t ask anything in return but that if you use them, use the hashtag “dysfunctionaldomesticdivablog” when you post to instagram so I can see how you used them! It’s so fun to see different takes on something! <3
sipsipsign (This was created to be a 5×7)
morning mimosa (8×10)
mimosa bar (11×14) I had this one printed as a photo by my print company
bag tags (printed as a standard 8.5×11)
brunch cup labels (these were printed on those dollar tree stickers)
I used glue and glitter to make some of the signs sparkle after they were printed, but that’s totally optional. I got most of the frames I used at dollar tree too.