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a 'my favorite things' party


last february, i threw a 'my favorite things' party for my girlfriends 
where we each gathered a gift focused around items we love most
i decided to do it over valentine's day weekend
to express my love and appreciation for friendships 
today i am going to share some of my ideas with you all…
it was a lovely evening spent with wonderful friends
here are some ideas for you:
invites:
my favorite site for invites is shutterfly's new line, treat.
the products are creative, adorable, affordable, and so easy to personalize.
here is one of my very favorites for friendships:
so, so cute!!
decor: 












a lot of my decor items were from various etsy shops; however, i also found some great finds at ikea, world market, and michael's. 
my goal for the event was for it to be inviting, feminine, and hopefully beautiful- 
i wanted it to show my love for each one of them.
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some fun straws, rustic candles, baby's breath {$3 from the grocery store}, and vintage cards were a few of the things i decorated the event with. 



the rose gingham napkins were from ikea
food, drinks, and treats: 
{left} my favorite store bought sprinkle sugar cookies and {right} some homemade ruffle cupcakes 
{i am such a lover of ruffled bake goods}
i found the hearts and boho flag toppers on etsy 
here are some lovely ones from manniatitta
the fruit skewers were supposed to represent and symbolize 'cupid's arrow' 
i chopped up about three different colors of fresh carnations
and then applied a small amount of honey {with a small paintbrush} 
to one side of each champagne glass 
and then attached the florals
...when each guest arrived, i greeted them with a glass of bubbly for toasting...



an ombre cake with a tassel topper:
-bird plate from sweetmeas-
easy appetizer recipes that people always love:
a baguette- cut thin
put olive oil and bake for about 15 min 
then spread with goat cheese, fig butter {trader joe's}, prosciutto, and 
top with fresh basil 
the white dip above was a huge hit
esp. with jalapeno chips 
&
just four ingredients:
1 cup shredded cheese
16 oz sour cream 
1 can original rotel 
1 packet of hidden valley fiesta ranch 
when picking a menu
i decided to make/buy my all time party favorites
to share with all 

 i served wine, champagne, my two favorite beers, and pink raspberry lemonade 
{served in vintage milk glasses from micheal's}:
 gifts:
everyone brought such thoughtfully amazing gifts
the price range was around $30 
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i have also seen a similar concept, but where people bring one small item that they love
{maybe around $3-5}
bringing enough for every person who plans to attend
everyone would then have a bag- possibly with a cute tag that says, 'favorite things' 
however, i decided to have everyone bring one larger gift
the amount of items varied per gift 
and then we picked numbers and did an exchange
… 
i loved seeing everyone's favorites!

the gift i gave:
 a wooden necklace, a hobnail candle, and a beautiful mess' amazing book 
{my biggest inspiration/favorite blog ever.}

i wrapped my gift in paper from world market
here is the cute gift that i received- loved- so much: 







some other items that were given:
wine, chocolate, bakeware, an apron, blueberry luna bars, k. cups, candles, headbands, an eco- friendly water bottle, a ceramic egg tray, skinny girl margarita mix, fun socks, soap, a chalkboard frame, cards
and so many other cute items!! 
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i hope you enjoyed my suggestions for throwing a 'my favorite things' gathering
always here if you have any questions 
now go ahead --spoil your gals
 show them you love them, relax, and enjoy some time together
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-i would love to know-
have you ever attended/thrown a 'my favorite things' party? 
…. any other ideas?
 i would love to hear- please comment below and inspire us all! 
xo

14 comments:

  1. I loved this when you shared it before. And now I'm determined to throw one of these myself once we're in the new house. I wanted to share another option for having holiday cards made (for your entire mailing list): overnightprints.com. We used their postcard service for Max's birth announcement and I plan to use them for our holiday card, as well. I found a design on Etsy that I love and the designer will send me the digital file. Then I just upload it to OvernightPrints and they print all the cards for a fraction of what you can find on Shutterfly or other sites. Just thought I'd share the wealth!

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    1. :) Yes, you need to do this in that amazing new house - can't wait- so excited for you! Also, thank you so much - amazing suggestion!!

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  2. This is such a fun idea! Everything looks so pretty

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  3. This is such a cool idea! I really want to put together something like this! Maybe for Christmas or Valentines!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Hannah! Both are perfect occasions <3 please share if you do!!

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  4. Oh my gosh! This looks like it was so much fun. You really have a great eye for decorating (something that I do not have!). This is such a cool idea. And doing it around Valentine's is perfect!

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping in and I agree about Valentine's Day <3

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  5. This is the cutest party ever! I love all of the details and food! I had a Valentine's Day tea for some of my girlfriends one year and we had the best time!

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    1. Awe- thank you so much, Sarah! You are so sweet and you def. should! Thank you for stopping in and hope your day went well!

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  6. Saw your blog on Eat, Drink, & Be Mary's Giveaway! Absolutely love it. New follower via GFC! :)

    - Alex @ Radiating Sunshine
    alexmhons.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Alex! Thank you for stopping in :) I really appreciate it and so glad you are enjoying- your comment means a lot to me!

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  7. What a beautiful party! I love all the details you gathered together!

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    1. Thank you so much, Stacia! I really appreciate it - it was a lot of fun! Thank you for stopping in!

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