I am a sucker for any excuse to throw a party and get together with girl friends! It seems like the holidays are always too busy to try to throw in an extra party so the summer time is the perfect time to gather the ladies and enjoy each others company!
This Summer I threw a “Favorite Things” Party and asked all the guests to bring one of their favorite things to give away in a gift exchange! I set a gift price limit and could not wait to see what people brought!
When it came to decor and refreshments I went with what I loved and in the end what I had. When you use what you love you tend to already have a lot of it on hand! It’s a great way to save on a budget!
My happy color scheme was teal, red, and green! I strung my Fabric Bunting, paper lanterns and used a twin sheet as my table cloth! One of the only new items I went shopping for was my vintage glassware!
5 Thrift Stores later, I was able to find 25 glasses that were a mix of different styles but all had a uniform look. They are my new pride and joy and will be used for parties to come. Each glass ranged in price between 50 cents and $1 so for under $15 I now have a set of glassware that will add some fun to all my gatherings!
I learned a super fun trick from my good friend Kim when it came to serving up a great spread! I filled food boats from Orson Gygi with precut fruit and treats. It makes for easy set up and clean up with no serving dished to wash and everyone gets a great sample of everything yummy! I also added little cups of color schemed candy! I went super simple with refreshments and store bought EVERYTHING! I bought MY FAVORITE treats to serve so it also lent itself to the theme of the night!
Drinks were easy peasy…. I rested my water jug on my painted crate and had Italian Soda in my parties colors too. The Italian Soda was so fun and a great investment! They were $3.49 a bottle from Sunflower Market but come in reusable glass bottles with a wire corked top! After my guests enjoyed then I was able to wash them out and now have 6 bottles to use for my next party! I’ll fill them with Pink Lemonade or other fun drinks in the future!
Everyone congregated around the food of course until it was time for the Gift Exchange!
Everyone brought a $15 gift that was wrapped and ready to exchange! I had everyone put their name on a raffle ticket and pulled names to pick a gift! Stealing was of course allowed! When a gift was chosen the person who brought it had to share with us why it was their favorite! It was such a fun way to get to know each other better!
The gifts were so amazing! Books, candy, gift cards to their favorite stores, beauty products and more! I won such a fun gift! I picked a gift filled with these totally adorable note cards and a bath melt from LUSH that smelled like heaven! SCORE, ME!
So… if you are looking for an excuse to throw a party, consider throwing a “Favorite Things” get together!