How to Host a Favorite Things Party (plus tons of gift ideas!)

Favorite Things Party = My favorite girls night of the year!

I started throwing this party four years ago, and it’s always such a fun time. I like to have the favorite things party at the end of September, so that the weather is still warm, and schedules have calmed down from the summer. It also leads into shopping season for the holidays, and provides us with some great gift ideas.

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What is a Favorite Things Party?

A favorite things party is when you invite a group of friends to share your favorite things with one another. It’s a fun way to share things you love and get some new gift ideas for yourself or others. This is a perfect girls night out idea where everyone can enjoy food, gifts, and lots of fun!

How To Throw A Favorite Things Party

Set a Price Limit

We set a price limit of $10-15 and this seems to work best for everyone. I’ve thought about increasing it, but most people have an easy time with this price range and have opted to stick with it.

Invite Your Guests

I always invite friends via Facebook. This works for me, as everyone is on Facebook, but you can also use Evite or Paperless Post to send out invites.

Have Each Guest Purchase 3 of their Favorite Thing

Some guest have no trouble at all choosing their favorite thing. But if someone does have a hard time, I always suggest people walk around their house and think about things they use throughout the week. Once they’ve chosen their item, they should purchase three of the exact same thing. If they item comes in multiple colors etc., it’s fine to add some variety.

Decide On Your Party Strategy

I always tell my guests to bring their gifts unwrapped. This allows everyone to see exactly what it is and gives people a chance to choose the item they want. I think this strategy is best because people have different preferences and you want your guests to be excited about what they’re taking home.

If you would prefer your guests bring their gifts wrapped, that’s fine too. This is more of a white elephant style game, where guests don’t know what they’re getting. When it’s their turn to pick a gift, they can either choose one from the table, or steal from another person.

Choose Your Food & Drinks

I like to make things simple by telling my guests exactly what is needed for food and drinks. I break it up into drinks, appetizers, and desserts and let them know how many people are needed for each category. This ensures we have a good variety and not too many of one thing. Guests will usually write what they are bringing on the Facebook discussion board.

If you’re looking for a good party recipe, take a look at this Pepperoni Dip. This is hands-down one of the best dips you’ll ever eat!

favorite things party

The Party

When the guests arrive, I have a couple tables set up for everyone to place their items. I like to give people a chance to mingle for about an hour before getting started with the exchange. This allows time to grab something to eat, get a drink, and have a chance to chat.

Once everyone has settled in, I start things off with a fun game. I think of three things I love, and make each one into a word scramble. I give out small prizes to the winners, and it’s just a fun way to get things going.

Then it’s time for my favorite part! Each person takes turns explaining their favorite thing. As you can see from the pictures below, we like to have a good time, lol. It’s always fun to hear what people have to say and it usually brings a good laugh. If you chose to have your guests bring wrapped gifts, you may want to wait til the end to have them explain what they brought.

No matter which strategy you chose, wrapped or unwrapped, you’ll start out the same way. Put everyone’s name on a piece of paper and place all names in a basket. Draw names one at a time, allowing each person to choose their new gift. Once all names have been called, place them back in the basket and draw again. Repeat the process for rounds 2 and 3, until everyone has three new items to take home.

We do three rounds of drawing names, so that everyone goes home with three different items. Then we usually exchange links, so that others can grab any gifts they may have missed out on. It’s a great opportunity to share things you love with your friends, and an awesome guide as you start Christmas shopping!

Giant List of Favorite Things

This is a list of popular items from past parties. You are sure to find some good ideas for Christmas gifts, as well as, a few items you might just want for yourself!

Toiletry Bag

Birdie Personal Safety Alarm

1000 piece Magic Puzzle Company

Simple Modern 40 oz Tumbler

Tassi Hair Holder Wrap

Spirit Infusion Kit

Glam Wash Laundry Detergent

Electric Milk Frother and Steamer

Snap N Strain Pot & Pasta Strainer

Glass Pitcher with Lid

Belt Bag

Travel Weekender Bag

BraveTart Cookbook

Skinnytaste Cookbook

Feetures Running Socks

Tinkle Razor

Beauty Spatty

Teami Exfoliating Konjac Facial Sponge

O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream

Turbie Twist Microfiber Hair Towel

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray

Invisibobble Original Traceless Spiral Hair Ties

Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Organic Lip Balm

SOJOS Polarized Sunglasses

Silicone Rings

Samsonite 2-Pack Leather Luggage ID Tag

OXO Good Grips Silicone Cookie Spatula

Silicone Narrow Ice Cube Trays

how to plan an amazing favorite things party

I love how much thought people put into their gifts each year. It’s always so hard to choose which I items I want, so I usually end up buying some of the others afterwards.

As I said before, there are several variations for how to throw a favorite things party. If you have any questions on how I do it, please ask me. The key is to make it simple and fun for everyone.

And we always have fun!

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