04 October 2012

31 days :: favorite things

anthropologie farmers market basket via

Last Fall, I read over at the Nesting Place about The Tiny Twig and her Favorite Things party.  The idea is SO very wonderful, the timing was perfect (directly pre-Christmas), and I had to find a way to make it mine.  

My mom, sister, sisters in law, niece, and grandmother started a new Christmas tradition.  

Favorite Things gift exchange

It was so fantastic.  

We left the boys men at home.  I don't know what they did. Probably some sort of violent wrestling activity.

My mom treated us gals to manicures, then we headed to one of our most favorite local lunch spots for food and the gift exchange.  We'd started planning six-or-so weeks in advance, so there was plenty of time to come up with something wonderful.  There were hand-made mittens, stella & dot bracelets, hand-made journals, custom-chosen makeup samples, and a ring-pop for four year old niece.  For my favorite thing, I chose the Anthropologie treasure pictured above.  

Why I love it:

Time together - It's not often that the ladies get to go out without having to worry about nap times or eat times.  We were freed to be together and enjoy one another.  Wonderful.

Favorites - It was an opportunity for each of us to choose something unique to gift to one another.  There was time put in, and each of our unique personalities and styles had an opportunity to shine!  

Tradition - I love a good tradition.  Memories are made, laughter is had, stories are told. 

If you have ladies in your life - give the idea a try.  Customize it, make it your own.  

Have you ever had a Favorite Things-type party? Did you LOVE it?!

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  1. I love this idea! It is really special that you found an activity that grandmas and kiddos can enjoy too. Sounds like a lot of fun.

  2. My new favorite tradition at Christmas...your little niece has even been asking when we will do it again! Looking at the items that were exchanged reminds me of that special time--such great ideas!


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