I know this post is a wee bit late for the holiday season, but this party was so fun and it really doesn't have to be holiday-centered so I'm going to share it with you anyway. My girlfriends and I decided to have a Favorite Things gift exchange party instead of buying individual gifts for each other. I got this idea from, of course, Pinterest and it seemed like a fun concept. The basic idea is that each person brings one item (enough for each individual at the party)--something that costs less than $5, but is something they love. Then everyone exchanges items and each guest goes home with a few new awesome things to try out. At our Favorite Things party we had people bring nail polish, a scented candle, a scarf, deep conditioner, a super cute coffee cup, and of course since it was a gathering of teachers--some good cheap wine.
Of course no holiday gathering is complete without the drinks, so I also asked each lady to bring a bottle of wine, which was served in these glasses I decorated just for the occasion. For the wine tags, I painted little wooden tags with black craft paint, then used a white paint pen to write the initial of each lady. I used some brown twine to tie them onto each glass.
I also got some black lunch size bags so the girls would have somewhere to gather all of their loot. I used the white paint pen again to write a little message on the bag.
For my favorite thing, I snagged my most used nail polish, which is the all in one manicure from Sally Hansen (lasts forever). I used some brown craft tags and again the white paint pen and wrote "For your mistletoes" on each one.
All in all, we had a lovely girls night out. It was awesome to not have to spend a fortune on individual gifts, and I ended up with a bunch of cool stuff that I have actually been using! I will definitely consider another Favorite Things party the next time I am hosting a night for the ladies!