A special thanks to Minted for helping with today’s post.
A few years ago we threw our first Favorite Things Party. It’s still one of our most popular posts, so we thought we’d give it a little update. Since Amanda and I live so far apart, it wasn’t possible for us to throw the party together, but we thought it would be fun to take the same theme and show you two different perspectives. You’ll see Amanda’s party tomorrow, and today I’m showing you my party.
The great thing about a Favorite Things Party is that you get to learn about all kinds of great new products. I always like to do a fun treat that you wouldn’t necessarily buy for yourself. This year the gifts that people brought included books, chocolate, cheese, and warm socks. For my favorite thing this year I picked some 5 x 7 art prints from Minted. I picked three different prints, but they all had beautiful pinks in them. When you’re in the middle of an Alaskan winter, looking at a bright piece of art does a lot to boost your mood. If you haven’t checked out Minted’s art collection, you should. There’s a huge range of styles and colors, and the Minted filters make it easy to narrow down your choices. You can also commission original pieces or even turn your children’s drawings into framed art pieces (which make a perfect gift for grandparents).
I think the perfect number of guests for a favorite things party is right around 10 people. Then there’s a good variety of gifts, but its not overwhelming. Ten also allows you visit with all the guests without separating into two or three different groups that you never get to talk to.
I kept the food simple at this party. There were pink meringues (peppermint) and all kinds of treats for dipping into chocolate fondue. My sister actually sent me some Trader Joe’s fondue, and it was simple and delicious. It made one less think on my to do list for the day! Since we were going with a Valentine’s theme, I made pink lemonade, and also had sparkling cider on hand. Normally I would also do hot chocolate this time of year, but my beloved hot chocolate maker broke, and I haven’t replaced it yet.
I kept the decorations simple with some of Minted’s party tools. There was tabletop confetti which matched perfectly with a personalized banner and the most adorable personalized gift tags that I used on the gift bags that I gave everyone to transport home their goodies. These tags would also be perfect for school valentines or even goody bags for a birthday party. Personalizing them just makes everything a bit more special. I think one of my favorite touches was using the straw stickers on the fondue sticks. I love finding a different uses for items, and the fondue sticks made total sense!
If you haven’t been to or hosted a favorite things party, I highly encourage you to give it a try. It’s a great way to get to know your friends better, and to indulge in a few fun items that you wouldn’t necessarily buy for yourself.
Thanks again to Minted for helping to make this whole thing possible.