a 'my favorite things' party | olive june

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:
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!!

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.
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}:
everyone brought such thoughtfully amazing gifts
the price range was around $30 
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!! 
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
-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! 


  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!

    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!!

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

    1. Thank you so much! It was very fun… I recommend!

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

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

  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!

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

  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!

    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!

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

    - Alex @ Radiating Sunshine

    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!

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

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