Sunday, November 25, 2012

12th annual party...


One of my favorite traditions of the holiday season is hosting an annual party
for ten special girlfriends. Most of us met when our kiddos started  pre-school,
 and it began as an ornament exchange, but after soooo many ornaments I got creative and
 we've had different themes for the past several years. They always included stealing each
 other's gifts, but I changed it up this this year.
These girl's gifts are clever, creative and classy ~ I can't wait to see what they come up with!
 
Delivering fun invitations announcing the theme is tradition...

A Few of my Favorite Things


I printed the lyrics to the song on brown craft paper to use as gift wrap.
brown paper packages tied up with string...



Enclosed the invitation in a box...
This year each person brings five of the same 'favorite things,' when they arrive
they draw five names, those will be the recipients of their gifts.
Everyone goes home with five small 'favorite' gifts.


They've already asked me if I was going to share this and ask you all for ideas,
so what would you bring?
  Each favorite item should be $5 or less.

The party is next Tuesday, more details to follow.

If you missed last year's party you can check it out here and here,
 and the do-ahead appetizers here.


24 comments:

cindy said...

Cute idea! My favorite thing would be the wristlet key chains I have been giving lately, made by Abby Frey on Etsy. They are pretty, practical and priced at $5.

https://www.etsy.com/transaction/100713757

Mariaelena said...

LOVE this idea...what a wonderful girlfriend party...enjoy!
Mariaelena

Lori said...

Oh what fun! I love your wrapping paper with lyrics- so creative. Oprah should have thought of that. My favorite thing under $5 is not at all unique- Starbucks on a cold day.

Luci @Bungalow At Home said...

Love the packaging Pam! It's so pretty! I've done cookie exchanges with girlfriends before but I like this idea much better! Might have to do my own:)

My favorite thing would be Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Raisin.

Nancy said...

This is so clever Pam! You are Martha Stewart, I swear. I would bring a Starbucks gingerbread latte :)
xo Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

You are so very creative, Pam! I love that you printed the words on the paper!! What a great idea for a holiday gift swap!!
And I second Luci - I love Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers and gave them to the school secretaries last year! Also…close to $5….Essie nail polish…small hand cream for your bag….paperwhite bulbs….chalkboard painted coasters and chalk….cozy/funny winter socks….my favorite find for my girlfriends last year at TJMaxx were hot pink barkeepers books of drink recipes with fun quotes about friends sprinkled throughout!
Have so much fun planning :)

Holly said...

What a fun party and I always love your creative invites. A friend of mine did a favorite things party a few times and it was so much fun. Although we each brought one thing and then chose numbers out of a hat for the gifts. My favorite item under $5 is probably the Clif Bar peanut butter pretzel flavor. Have you had it? It's delicious and good for protein. The guy that does my hair also had a WD-40 pen - have you seen those? I think my hubby will be getting one of those as a stocking stuffer this year.

erica said...

Oh my gosh! What a fun party idea! I might have to remember this for next year! xx

My Crafty Home Life said...

I love this idea! For under $5 I like Lotto tickets, Starbucks gift cards, and a Bagel whiz (@stores.bagelwhizz.com)

Cathy Wall said...

Love this and of course your touch makes it all even more special. And what would I bring, hmmm.... Burts Bees lip balm, Trader Joe's pumpkin butter...oh the possibilities!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

What a fun party! I would have to give nail polish and a starbucks gift card! Sometimes the smallest gifts are my favorite!

Dana Frieling said...

Think they'd mind if I crashed your party?! This is my favorite time of year on your blog. Can't wait to see what you creative ladies come up with!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

friends like that are priceless!!!! and that gift wrap is genius.

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Oh what fun! Your wrapping is so pretty, as usual. :) I'm going with the Burt's Bees too, or Neutrogena hand cream.

modern jane said...

Such a fun idea! I love your wrapping paper. Can I come too?

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

What a great idea!!! I love your gift wrap! One of my favorite things would be a couple of pieces of out of this world dark chocolates!!!

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

Ha! My girls and I were just watching "Sound of Music".... what a wonderfully clever idea, Pam! Sounds like a great tradition!

Calypso In The Country said...

You are so creative Pam! Love that gift wrap idea!
-Shelley

Danielle said...

Pam, those packages are so beautiful and what a beautiful idea for a party. I wish I could come! x So great you are still so close with those ladies.

Leslie said...

Pam, I really like the wrapping! It's a challenge for find something for $5 these days!! Maybe some of those really cute napkins??

Have fun!

leslie

Susan said...

Cute Idea!

In this day and age, though, when we all need LESS in the way of things, I'd ask people to bring packaged food, warm socks, gloves or whathaveyou for the local needy.

I just found out that we have 23 homeless children at our local high school-so hubby and I decided to use our X-mas $ to help out instead of buying each other things we don't really need.

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

oh what fun! I can't think of what I'd bring off the top of my head but I might make is something handmade :)

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

pam - you are SO clever. wish i was one of the 10! :) have a GRANDE time

SHERRY HART said...

Holy cute boxes!!! I love love that idea!

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