Favorite Things Back-to-School Party // THE Party

// THE Party

Let’s get to THE ACTUAL party post. The one with all the fun little details that came together to make for a super fun night of favorite fun.

This is our second annual Favorite Things party. For a re-cap of the first and how we were inspired to throw our first party, see this post. The basic idea is that you invite friends to join you for an evening together sharing some of your ‘favorites.’ Each guest brings {5} of a favorite thing that costs {$5-ish}. You put your name on {5} tickets which are then drawn to receive {5} new-to-you favorites. Get it?

Next let me be very clear in saying that I did not host this party alone. I co-hosted with three other fabulous ladies: Kelly, a long time friend; Jessica, my niece; and Summer, my seester. I’ve said it before, but I highly recommend co-hosting all future parties. It makes is way more fun, way less stress and work and time and cost {which all = more fun}!

Now all the details!

Color Scheme:: Navy, Red, Lime Green & Yellow

Invitations:: {blogged}

Decor::
The four hostess’ combined our personal stashes to pull together an almost ‘no-cost’ presentation of books, globes, chalkboards, locker baskets and all things school related.

Welcome Set-Up /
Kelly put together the sweetest greeting for our guests. From the moment they arrived they knew they were in for a special night. It’s details like this {that took a little time and effort, but almost no actual cost} that make a party!

Mantle /
I made this bunting from vintage flash cards I ordered on Etsy, fabric scraps, mini clothespins and twine. Easy peasy!

Favorite Lists /
My Seester put together these frames with a free printable from The Caravan Shoppe. Guests were asked to write in their school related favorite {i.e. teacher, lunch, class}.

Table Setting /
Kraft Paper, torn book pages to create a ‘runner’ and school odds n’ ends like globes, lunch boxes and thermos’.

Drink Station /
Kraft Paper, thermos’ as vases w/ sunflowers, an enamel tub, mason jar drink dispenser and red solo cups {it isn’t a party without them!}.

Food::
We served a ‘light’ school lunch & snack at our party. We used to-go containers (with the lids cut off) to create baskets for guests to build their own lunch.

Light Lunch / 
Chicken salad on pretzel buns
Honey-Nut PB & Homemade Strawberry J sandwiches
Veggie cups with either yogurt-dill dip or hummus
Kettle chips

San Pellegrino
Citrus Water

Snack /
Half way through we took a break for a ‘snack’ … cookies & milk seemed very appropriate! Cookies were wrapped in paper bags with laminated lunch tags {bookmark, anyone?} from Our Best Bites.

Name Tags::
I kinda like that we need name tags at our party. It means that we’re inviting new friends to our overlapping circles of life. Kelly made these cute name ‘tags’ and I love the touch of a gold star!

Swag::
We bought mini clipboards which Jessica turned into chalkboards. We added graph paper and pencil so guests could take notes. We also had mini notebooks and ‘taffy’ erasers {blogged}.

Favorite Things::

My Favorite Things /
Pencil Pouch with Kleenex, hand cream, nail file & Sharpie pen {blogged}

I went home with 5 fabulous favorites /

  • ABC’s & 123’s Set – ABC’s of Proverbs laminated print, 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children and a rainbow of dry erase markers.
  • Lunch notes from Say Please.
  • Back-to-School essentials – Notebook, tape, glue stick & gum … all packaged up in the cutest fabric back pack.
  • Re-useable bamboo cutlery
  • Zippered pouch with nail polish & hand sanitizer. The cute tag read “Remember the Little Things”

There you have it! Is your head spinning? Are you ready to host co-host a favorite things party of your own? I’d love to hear all about it!

You can also read my co-host’s, Kelly, blog post here.

Linking up::
30 Handmade Days / Pity Party 

    Comments

    1. So fun!

    2. Sandy C says:

      Yay! Thanks for co-hosting such a fun evening :)

    3. It was so cute from start to finish, thanks for such a fun night! And, I’m so glad I got one of your favorite things!

    4. Absolutely amazing. It is all perfect!

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