Hi friend! I’m so excited to invite you in to our 2023 Favorite Things Party! The party was absolutely fantastic and a highlight of the year for me. It’s something we look forward to all year long and this 6th annual party did not disappoint!
Our Favorite Things 2023
Let me start with the list of favorite things since that what most of you are interested in!
It’s always fun to see what everyone brought and why they love it. So many good finds! Some of our gals went over the $30 price limit, but some of us were also able to find things over $30 that were on sale, so we stayed on budget.
Ali-Shaun | Folding Eyeglass & Jewelry Case
Katie | Rifle Paper Stationery Set
Melissa | Jo Malone Cologne
Angela | Turtleneck Poncho
Manuela | YSL Lipstick Set with Travel Bag
Marianna | Neoprene Tote Bags
Jamie | Smart Home WiFi Outlets
Stephanie | Sports Umbrella with Universal Clamp
Anna | Fabric Shaver
Liz | Microgreens Growing Kit
Me | Marble Tray
Erin | Celine Inspired Belt
Shannon | 15 lb Weighted blanket
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Erin Anna Luke & Me
Shannon Me (Merry PJs) & Tisha
Jenny Kasie & Me
Mama Jamie Ali-Shaun Tarah Angela & Me
If you aren’t familiar with a favorite things party, it’s a girls only soiree where everyone brings (5) favorite things for a gift exchange.
Here’s how our gift exchange works:
Upon arrival, each guest dropped off their wrapped bags and then wrote their name on 5 slips of paper and dropped them in a bowl.
When it was time to exchange gifts, we all drew numbers. These numbers determine the order we present our gifts.
Once we all have a number, Person Number 1 goes up and explains her gift, where she got it and WHY it’s her favorite thing.
She then picks FIVE names out of the bowl. Those five people get Person Number 1’s gift. If you draw your own name or if you draw the same person twice – you put that name back and draw again.
So, everyone comes with 5 gifts and leaves with 5 gifts. We usually do 3 gifts, but this year decided to try five and most people liked it because they got to go home with more gifts.
Ali-Shaun & Tarah
Ali-Shaun & Manuela
Ali-Shaun Pajama Set & Kelly
Ali-Shaun & Erin
For extra fun, we also did a few door prizes and drew names for additional gifts.
MAKE IT POTLUCK
One of the ways this party is so easy to host is because it’s potluck. Everyone brings a dish (appetizer, main or dessert) and a drink (usually wine or champaign).
This means that no one person is left with all the heavy lifting when it comes too food and drinks.
CECI CARES TOY DRIVE
We’re also supporting our friend Ceci’s annual toy drive, donating toys to give to Texas Children’s Hospital. Our own Ceci (age 13 and James’ good friend) was a patient there herself for two months when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor years ago.
She is currently doing well, back at school and being monitored, but the experience prompted her to start her own foundation, Ceci Cares.
Each year, they collect and deliver thousands of toys to kids at Christmas. This is just one small portion of the gifts for this year. We love you Ceci (pictured in pink)!.
I’m so thankful for this amazing group of girlfriends. We’ve been in each other’s lives for a long time and have developed such a tight bond. Can you spot Luke in the photo?!
One more thing if you’re considering a party this holiday season- EVERYONE shares UBER so they don’t have to worry about driving home! Safety first and foremost!
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Have a fantastic day friend!