For anyone that follows me on Instagram, you’ll have seen the pictures floating around that I was invited to my first ever Favorite Things Party, hosted by the ever-talented Allison of Allison Carter Celebrates.
If you’ll remember, she also graciously had me on as a guest for her podcast earlier this summer where I got to share all about Not Becoming A Summer Cruise Director for your kids, and family. I can confidently say, 4 billion weeks into summer later, all efforts for memory making and all things precious about the summer have been thrown out the window. It’s time for the children to go back to school. End of story, I love you, goodbye.
Anyway, back to the Favorite Things Party. Allison posts all about how to throw one, and she’s really going to have all the insight into what it takes to pull this gathering off, but I wanted to highlight just a few things that I loved from a guest perspective.
Incorporate A Give Back Opportunity
Giving and generosity have been key in my search to find purpose. I am a huge fan of never wasting an opportunity to provide a “give back” element into a situation or party where people are already gathering! For this party, we all were asked to bring along new kid’s socks to support Team Lilly Foundation. A massive basket of socks was collected and such an easy way to fill the care packages that get sent off to the pediatric cancer families Team Lilly supports!
Mix Your Friend Groups
Ack. Did you just get anxiety reading that? I know, me too. If I’m honest, I have a REALLY hard time mixing friend groups. But that’s my own issue, and for the most part, women just want to gather with other women. It was so fun to meet so many new faces, learn more about their life experiences, and ultimately make connections and walk away with more than just some favorite things – we had new friends! So I would say, don’t be afraid to mix friend groups. Your guests will benefit in the long run from meeting more of your people.
Allow Store Bought for Food
We all know by now that my lane is nowhere near the KITCHEN. And frankly, as busy women, oftentimes store bought is as good as it gets. I was so excited to see that store bought was not only allowed, but suggested, on the invite. It was a huge relief and something that felt totally attainable as a guest knowing that I didn’t have to stress about wow’ing people (or not wow’ing people) by slaving away in the kitchen all day, just to contribute something for the party.
Overall, this was SUCH a fun experience and I’m so grateful to both Allison and Nicole (Palm to Pine Design) for including me into their annual tradition of throwing a Favorite Things Party. For more details, including an exact road map of how to throw your very own Favorite Things Party, head on over to Allison’s site for more info!
Oh, and for inquiring minds, my favorite things that I contributed were blanket scarves paired with a fun pair of leather earrings from Evereve. Fall is coming, and you’ll find me in both of these things all fall and winter long!