Ready to throw the easiest and most fun party?! I decided to host my first ever “Favorite Things Exchange” this year and it was a blast! In this post you’ll find some hosting tips, the rules for the exchange, and ideas for cheap decorations. Ready??
I invited girlfriends from every circle and was a little nervous about how it was going to turn out. Think of all the people you know, then grab one girl from your work, your book club, your mom’s group, and your new friend from spin class and put them in the same room together. It may seem like something you shouldn’t do, but I promise it turned out amazing. Here’s why: we all are looking for connection, inclusion, and fun. Give your friends a chance to meet your other friends and just watch the magic happen.
While I didn’t feel the need to go crazy with decorations, I wanted it to be cute and cosy inside the house. Since we are in December, I already had a tree and some basic decorations already up. I added a garland for the table (with light pink tapestry candles) and a few bunches of flowers from Trader Joe’s. I snipped some leftover branches from our Christmas tree and added them to the vases too.
One way to keep cost wayyy down is to ask people to bring something to share! I provided a salad, charcuterie board, and some cranberry + brie bites (recipe below), plus some wine options and apple cider. The flowers, food, and other decor all came to about $100.
Rules for the exchange: Each person brings three of their “favorite thing” wrapped up and ready to put under the tree. You can put a limit on the price – we did $5-7 for each gift. Once they arrive, have them write their name on three pieces of paper and put them in a bowl. Have the host start. They’ll pull THREE names from the bowl, explain their gift, and give the gift to the three names they pulled. That person can decide who goes next…. or go in a circle… or whatever. If the person draws their name, they put it back and draw again. Each person will go home with three gifts and find out what other people’s favorites are!
Examples for inspiration (or choose a theme for the night)
Small bottle of your favorite spirit
My mom is Southern born and raised and loooves cooking in a cast iron skillet. I grew up in Texas and my love for some classic Southern items has stuck with me. I got these mini skillets from World Market and added some chocolate chips and the Joanna Gaines chocolate chip cookie recipe because it’s the best ever. (I have loved her cookbook and highly recommend it!)
I am already looking forward to throwing another party next year!