Favorite things parties are one of my favorite things. I made up an invite and game printable for you! I also share some ideas for a favorite things party.
I have hosted quite a few a favorite things party for years now. It is something I do every Christmas and sometimes summer. I have done it a few ways and will share those below. I will share my absolute favorite way to host the party and have included those directions for your attendees in the invite printable.
How to Throw a Favorite Things Party
Here are a few ideas to use. Depending on your budget, you may want to choose one over the other.
- My favorite way to host these parties is to have around 6 people attending. Each person buys 5 of the same gift. You can choose the value! $20 per gift is what I have found as my sweet spot meaning you would spend about $100. This way of hosting the party is really great because everyone gets the same gifts. I’ll share some cons of only bringing and receiving one gift below. When I have done this party I have found it’s fun to wrap the gifts. Each person takes turns explaining their gift as the others unwrap the gift at the same time.
- If you have a lot of people, a way to host the party is have everyone draw 3 numbers. Each person goes around the circle and explains their favorite thing. The people who drew the number assigned to that person receive the gift. When we did it this way and the way below we had someone keep notes of what was given and sent it out to the group so that afterward people remembered what everyone else’s favorite thing is/was.
- A way to host a party for a TON of people is to bring one of your favorite thing and draw one number per person. I have found this doesn’t always work out well. I’ve had some people clearly disappointed in a gift they received. Not everyone goes all in as others. It was.. extremely awkward!
Listen, each person has their own preference but as someone who has done this so many times, that first way is by far the most fun. Keep it small and the value decently high and, for a group of moms who rarely get gifts, it feels like Christmas.
Another thing that is so fun about this is that everyone gets to try the thing. I create a facebook group usually before the party to answer questions such as clothing sizes, scent aversions, etc. After the party is over people always get on and share how much they love their gifts as they try them out. It really is one of the highlights of Christmas for me and we always plan a Summer one. (It rarely happens but hey the intentions are good.)
Favorite Things Game Ideas
- Below you will find a printable for my favorite game to play. Before the party, collect each person’s favorite thing in the category. I did chapstick, color, animal, beverage and chapstick. I tried to keep it gender neutral because I once played it with my family of both women and men. The last party I did was all women and most of them did their favorite lipstick. I set out each thing then put a number next to them. (Those are included in the free printable!) Then I had a sheet of numbers for each category. (Also in the free printables!) You guess the name of the person associated with the number next to their favorite item. For favorite animal I have printed off a picture of the animal. I have also bought little figurines of each animal.
- A fun way to open gifts while playing a game is open the gift then everyone needs to guess who’s it is. If you know each other well this can be really fun. Sometimes the gifts are so obvious and sometimes they’ll surprise you!
I am always up for new ideas so if you have some you’ve tried please share them below for me and others reading through the comments! Also pin this post so you can find it again if you’re still deciding whether or not to throw the party. (But you really should just do it because it is the best party ever.)
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I love throwing parties. This Schitt’s Creek party is a fan favorite as is this Office Party.