This year I swore I wasn't going to throw a Christmas party, but as the holidays got closer I really couldn't help myself. As much work as it is to throw a party, I really do enjoy it. I decided to host a Favorite Things Christmas party for the first time. I had heard about these parties and seen them on Pinterest, but they always seemed a bit overwhelming. Well, I found out they are SUPER easy, and a ton of fun! I love a good theme, and when I found these FREE buffalo plaid printables, I knew that was my theme. I officially went on the hunt for all things buffalo plaid!
I printed off these printables from OfficeMax for less than 50 cents per print, and I bought the frames from Dollar Tree. Each guest received one.
I didn't want to spend a ton of money on a buffalo plaid table cloth so I used wrapping paper that I bought from Target's dollar spot.
For my gift, I bought $3 Christmas trees and super cute $3 wall calendars. Both gifts were from Target's dollar spot. I found some buffalo plaid ribbon at Hobby Lobby and added those to the trees for a special touch!
The total per gift was $6, and each person was asked to bring 5 gifts. So each person spent a total of $30, and brought 5 of the same gift. There was a total of 8 women, so each person wrote their name on a piece of paper 5 times, and we put them in a bowl. Then each person chose 5 pieces of paper out of the bowl, making sure not to pull their own name or someone else's name twice.
I wanted to have fun craft for everyone to work on, so I decided we could make festive garlands. I was proud of myself for finding an awesome deal on glitter card-stock at Michael's ($10 for 20 sheets), bought white yarn, and printed off letters to spell out JOY, CHEERS, BE MERRY, and PEACE. I cut out the letters prior to the party so they would be ready to go. I layed out scissors, pens, a hole punch, yarn and paper. It was nice having an activity to work on while we chatted in the living room, plus each guest was happy to go home with a holiday garland for their home!
The party turned out to be an absolute blast! We had champagne punch and tons of sweet and salty snacks. I think I'm going to make this an annual party that I host.
Have you ever hosted a favorite things party or attended one? If so, what did y'all do differently?