How to throw your OWN Favorite Things Party! {plus} a Giveaway!!

So many of  you have sent me emails about throwing your own favorite things party![IMG_5038_6509_edited-114.jpg]

What should I do for invitations, color themes, how many should I invite, etc. So in this post I will answer all those questions!

My first thought was to give you guys TONS of different ideas on how you could pull this party together with different resources. BUT I wanted to give you something specifically for THIS party!

So I contact my new blog friend Sara from the Homespun Hostess about designing something exclusively  for My Favorite Things Party!  Sara has a knack for printables ! They’re fresh and clean designs that are perfect for ALL types of parties…

Take a look at these creations!

Yellow and Gray Birthday Printables..YELLOW!!!!

YELLOW Printable Party Set CHEERFUL Invite, Food Labels, Cupcake Toppers and more

Horse Theme Printables!

12 Personalized Invitations HORSE blue and Brown

This circus theme  is just…pretty!

Girly CIRCUS Party Set, Invitations, Treat Bag Toppers, Party Circles Set 12

CIRCUS PARTY Pink and Orange Printable Party Set with Invitaions, Tags, toppersCIRCUS PARTY Pink and Orange Printable Party Set with Invitaions, Tags, toppers

She also makes THE cutest straw and cakepop tags..

50 Printed CUSTOM Straw or Cake pop flags50 Printed CUSTOM Straw or Cake pop flags

Check out this Easter Brunch she hosted….dreamy!  The details are delicious! ( I want some of that OJ;0)

So Sara and I emailed back and forth for a few days and we came up with and adorable My Favorite Things Party Printable…

{Brown Paper Packages}


Isn’t is SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL and perfect! Sara and I have put together a very fun theme for you to be one fabulous hostess. Check out what’s in this printable package…..


For the invitation you can do what Sara did and cut up piece of cardboard and stick the main part of the invitation on it!! Easy right? You can also get a brown paper bag and do the same thing! This makes the invitation lightweight and easy to mail. If you want to be FANCY, send all of you guest small brown paper packages with strings. Inside give them a little teaser on what’s to come:0) Sara has included TWO options for you to print off:0)


{Cupcake Toppers}

For your table, set out your favorite cupcakes and top them off with these cute toppers!


{Bottle Wrappers}

Serve your guest your FAVORITE soda! During my recent FTP I set up color coordinating sodas to match the décor! You can do the same thing! This package includes the green and brown labels!


{Hostess Gift Tags}

For YOUR gifts we have provided this gift tag that can be glued to a brown paper bag, or hole punched and used as a traditional tag favor!


Sara is also including the cakepop/ straw tags and that CUTE brown banner  in the package! WUHU!

How many should I invite? This is really up to you and your budget. My first party back in 09 I invited 12 girls and 10 showed up. Your going to have people that cancel the last day at the last minute so be ready for it. With my recent one I invited 25 girls knowing that not everyone could make it….15 rsvp and I think 11 showed up.

How much should I spend? I don’t give anyone a spending amount. If 25 girls rsvp’d last time, then I would have had to get A LOT more creative with my budget.  But with 15 I was able to be more flexible. I don’t think anyone  needs to be stressed out about what to give or how much to spend. But with my experience, the more generous and creative you are with your gifts, the better turn out you will have.  But the basic formula is the more people you invite the MORE creative you have to be…the less people you invite the more “fancy” your gifts will be:0) Being a good hostess means taking a good look at your guest list and invite a diverse group of girls so that EVERYONE is comfortable!

{Ideas for your favorite things}

If your favorite things is photography you could,

1. Get everyone affordable frames, but them spray paint them in your favorite color and add some vinyl numbers.

2. Get everyone a gift card for 10 of there favorite prints from Walgreens.

3. Give everyone a BLOWN up picture of some of your own photography and sign it!

All these options can keep things under budget and bring your own personality to you favorite thing.

You like to cook?

Print off all of your favorite recipes and make mini books for everyone…laminated to they last longer.

My friend Chaz gave everyone these ceramic spoons!!! They were so CUTE!

Get everyone a wooden spoon…wrap it up in ribbon and tada..cute!

The ideas have no limits…spray paint in your favorite color,set of your favorite pens, notepads, favorite drinks, recipes, perfume, lip gloss, candle, air freshener!!!

Are you a vintage junkie?

Go shopping for a unique selection of some of your favorite finds and wrap them up! Everything will be a surprise!


Get everyone some cupcake liners in your favorite colors!

Every baker likes TWINE!

Coffee Addict?

Wrap up your favorite coffee!

Get everyone those super cute mugs with a modern design!

Look for Sara and I again as we make something super festive for when I throw a  My Favorite Things Party Fall/Winter 2011…



So you want to throw your OWN party right! It’s summer time and you want to get your girlfriends together and have some FUN!  Well, I want to help you do just that! So right now enter to WIN your own party set!

Sara the Homespun Hostess and PartyPapers owner is sending ONE of you an entire package of printables to get your favorite things party started off right!

DIY printable digital file that includes

1) personalized invitation – with 2 print options
2) Cupcake Flag toppers
3 ) Soda Bottle Wrappers
4) Favor Bag/Box Labels
5) Straw or Cake pop flags
6) “cardboard” looking banner

Print as many times as you want for personal use.

Here’s how to win!( This is open to all APLACEFORUSBLOG readers only!) Leave a comment for each!

1. Leave me a comment telling me what you would gift as your favorite thing!

2. Like The Homespun Hostess on Facebook and leave her a sweet message!

3. Like A Place for Us Blog on Facebook

4. Tweet about this giveaway!  “I want to throw my OWN Favorite Things Party like Destiny @aplaceforusblog” ( link back to this post)

If there is NOOOO way you can wait to see if you’re the winner, you can BUY the entire set at PartyPapers and Sara  also offered 25 percent off of her ETSY shop! That’s for EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING!

Discount Code: Destiny

This giveaway will last ONE WEEK!

GOOD LUCK! and send in your party photos! to


  1. I would gift something handsewn. Probably a small bag.

  2. Hmmm. Definitely my gift would have to involve yarn. Probably something crocheted.

  3. Thank you for the beautiful post Destiny! I look forward to creating the fall favorite things party and more with you!

  4. I loved some of your ideas for cooking. I would probably do a small rubber scraper or something. Thanks for the ideas and the giveaway!

  5. And now I like (and love!) The Homespun Hostess on facebook.

  6. I would bring probably coffee, I love it! It’s my fave thing, in pretty cute mugs!

  7. I like A PLACE FOR US on Facebok

  8. I tweeted @andreaworley

  9. I like her on FB too!

  10. Hi Destiny,

    Great post, I have been planning a fav thing party for later this year…mine would definitely have to be the monster trail mix by Archer Farms sold at Target!!!

  11. I liked the Homespun Hostess and her stuff is awesome!

  12. I tweeted about wanting hosting a fav things party like you @thescottscrib

  13. I liked you on FB!

  14. Bonnie Simmons says:

    Ohhhh… I like the coffee idea! Since we don’t drink it, but we love an alternative I would probably wrap some up in mini bags or even some of our favorite teas and give that!

  15. Bonnie Simmons says:

    I already like you on FB!

  16. Bonnie Simmons says:

    I “liked” the Homespun Hostess (thanks BTW, she’s great!)

  17. I would probably bring something having to do with entertaining or baking.

  18. I like you on FB as well as outside of FB! :)

  19. I would gift anything baked. I love to bake!

  20. I like Homespun Hostess on facebook!

  21. I like A Place For Us on facebook!

  22. Either a Circle E candle, a coupon organizer or something baked….but that could change by the time I get everything together to have a party! Love this idea and your blog!

  23. like the Homespun hostess on FB!

  24. I make handmade soap I would make everyone my favorite summer soap scent- lemongrass shea butter & package it beautifully….. Love this party idea! I will have to arrange something………

  25. Like you on FB already :)

  26. I would give everyone an outdoor picture that my husband or I have taken framed with a burlap mat.


  27. I would give away Essie nail polish and VS lip gloss as my favorite things.

  28. I’m a follower of A Place of Us on Facebook.


  29. tweeted about it

  30. Liking The Homespun Hostess on Facebook.


  31. Why is this blog so pretty!?


  32. I would probably bring something to do with entertaining or photography. What a fun giveaway. I totally want to do this!

  33. Followed you on facebook

  34. Liked the Homespun Hostess on Facebook

  35. If it’s not too late… I’m a follower. Fun giveaway!

  36. I would gift a small collection of recipes from my family!


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