Favorite Things and Fondue Party

Have you ever heard of a “Favorite Things” party? Think Bunco or Book Club with out the commitment. It is the perfect kind of easy-to-plan, low-stress, and high-fun girls-night activity. My friend, Janna, threw one last year and had so much fun that she decided to have another party. This time, I asked her if I could get involved and bring one of my favorite things–fondue–to share with everyone.

But more about the fondue, later.

It’s a little like a white elephant party, except everyone brings favorite things, rather than funny things, so everyone goes home happy! Think Oprah at Christmastime.

Janna made the cute banner for her last party and it is pink and green because those are her favorite colors. You can get a glimpse at what everyone brought. Here’s how it works:

  • Invite as many people as you’d like. 5 or 50
  • Have each guest bring 3 of their favorite things to giveaway that night (It can be most anything–you’ll see from the pictures we had a wide variety of goodies to choose from). They don’t have to be identical, but it is kind of nice to have 3 of the same things so that more people have a chance to get that item. We imposed a price limit of no more than $5/item.

I brought these fun travel tins from Scentsy (Scentsy was the main Sponsor of SNAP Conference).

  • After guests have arrived and displayed their items, have everyone draw numbers to see who will go first.
  • Before the selection process begins, have each guest introduce themselves and explain what they brought and why it is one of their favorite things.
  • Round 1: Start with number one and each guest selects one of the favorite things to take home.
  • Round 2: Start with the highest number (the guest that just selected at the end of round one) to select the next thing they’d like to take home.
  • Round 3: Start with number one again. We didn’t allow any stealing–like you often see at white elephants–because we wanted everyone to like each other when they left, but if you want a more lively party, you certainly could play that way. It might get a little confusing with the identical gifts however.

Each guest leaves with 3 new favorites that hopefully she will love and use. Here is my loot…

The homemade jam was in the green basket along with some other favorite food items. Those earrings were a perfect gift for my daughter. And I’m loving  my new necklace with the fun clip! It wouldn’t have met the $5 limit requirement, except that my friend, Jackie, made them. She is going to be selling them, so you can contact her if you need more info.

I promised you more fondue! I know fondue can sound intimidating, but this is the easiest way ever to do fondue! I told you that Scentsy was one of the sponsors at SNAP! There, they debuted there new Velata chocolate fondue line and let us all sample it. I was one of the lucky ones that got to take home my own melter and a few packages of their premium chocolate.

The chocolate can be warmed up in the microwave right in the package it comes in, and then emptied into the dish of the warmer. The electrical warmer keeps the chocolate at just the right consistency. I highly recommend the caramel chocolate! It’s my favorite!

Since the fondue was so easy, I had to make things more complicated by designing labels for food to be dipped.

But don’t worry! I’m sharing them with you, so you can have the same effect with out all the headache! Here are a couple of versions of the Favorite things signs and the labels I used at the fondue table. Click on the image for a high resolution image you can re-size and print for your personal party use!

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. OH MY GOODNESS, KENDRA! I am sooo having a party like this!! How fun!!! 🙂

  2. I’m hosting girls night next week and we are doing chocolate fondue too! I wish I would have thought about doing a favorite things party, such a fun idea!

  3. I want to be here, I LOVE this idea! This all looks so fun, special, and pretty.

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  5. Hi Kendra! Great write up and what a fabulous fun idea. Great reason to have a get together. I’m so happy to have found your blog through my company’s newsletter and look forward to reading more!

  6. What program do you use to design your cute signage?

    • Right now, I am using Pixelmator on the Mac. I used to use Paint Shop Pro and really like it (no mac version). You can do cute stuff in just Microsoft Publisher or of course, Photoshop or Illustrator.

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