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a few of my Favorite Things Party

“Brown paper packages tied up with string; these are a few of my favorite things [party]!”

This year marks the 3rd year of my hometown besties’ Favorite Things Party. In its fledgling year, our gal, Gayle, suggested this party, and it was such a fun time that we declared it to be an annual/quarterly event (we haven’t gotten to the quarterly stages, but we always talk of it). 

Before, I get ahead of myself, I better explain the deets on a Favorite Things Party. Or better yet, I will let the coordinator, Gayle, explain it:

“This is sort of a spin on a yankee swap.  You bring the determined participant number  of your favorite thing at a $5 value (or $10 or less). Let’s say you have 10 participants, then each person bring 10 of the same item (her favorite thing), and then everyone leaves with 10 different favorite things from everyone.    It’s sorta like the Oprah favorite things episode but we aren’t talking cars and cashmere sweaters.”

Still not clear on the details of a Favorite Things Party? How about a list of what was given and some pictures?

2012 Favorite Things Party:

Each gal at our party left with the following:

- Homemade salsa in a cute Ikea jar with chips and a miniature of booze

- A assortment of delicious cookies from a local breadery

- A monogrammed hand towel.

- Two delicious and beautiful boxed Georgetown Cupcakes (GTCs!)

- Lip Balm and cocoa butter sticks. 

2013 Favorite Things Party:

- Homemade truffles in a cute tin

- The ingredients and recipe for some delicious and healthy Quinoa Pumpkin Muffins and an original print (someone was healthy and artistic that year)

- A reusable tote filled with a wine glass, hershey hugs, and three hair ties

- Speculoos Butter (cookie butter) and chocolate coins from Belgium

- A Dark Chocolate Bar

- Homemade Organic Soap

- Organic Beeswax chapstick

- Eos Lip balm, Wet n Wild nail polish, and some creaseless hair ties (anthro inspired)

- Bath and Body Works Antibacterial Hand soap

- Two favorite pens, a little journal, and Instagram prints of Baltimore (this was cool because then I used the same company to print some of my Insta prints). 

- Coasters and Gift Tags from Paper Source

2014 Favorite Things Party:

- A bottle of wine

- Another bottle of wine with all the ingredients to make mulled wine 

- a Quest Protein Bar and a little cute glass jar of coconut oil

- a plastic mason jar cup filled with M&Ms

- A mulled spice candle

- a tea infuser with assorted loose teas to fill our empty tins

- Rose Salve Lip Balm

 - Healing Crystals for our Chakras

 favorite things

My group of gals are not the only Favorite Things Party goers because  my sister-in-law (remember her button tree on burlap, which she made that for a Craft Yankee Swap) and my cousin both attend/host their own Favorite Things Parties. Have you attended a Favorite Things Party? And if so, what favorite thing did you bring? I would love to hear the highlights of your Fave Things Party in the comments below!





Baby Love and a beautiful baby shower

Our Lisa of teachlovecraft is going to have a baby, and we couldn’t be more excited. The other weekend, Lisa’s mother-in-law (and one of my new party-planning and decorating heroes) hosted an absolutely gorgeous baby shower for Lisa. 

Lisa is a Media Specialist by day, so the vintage Peter Rabbit and book theme was a natural and perfect choice. 

The pictures I took with my phone definitely don’t do the beauty of this shower justice, but you’ll get the essence of it all. 

Donna, Lisa’s mother-in-law and possibly next reigning star of HGTV (seriously, how does she not have her show or monthly spread in Better Homes?), made baby scented candles for all of her guests. Perhaps you remember the favors with which Lisa helped Donna back in the Spring?  The display was beautiful, and I loved the idea behind the candle.  The sign above the candles read: “Make a little light for the light of their lives. When you hear that Lisa has gone into labor light your candle to guide & welcome Baby T into the world.” How sweet is that??



And, you all know how I love an accessorized mantel. Check out this beauty! On the mantel were framed pictures of the parents-to-be as babes (side note: Lisa’s baby is going to be ridiculously cute), a touch of whimsy with that adorable lamb and bunny peaking out, and a banner (this shower should have just been titled, “All things Grace loves”).


 Donna masterfully incorporated adorably gorgeous vignettes throughout her home like this shelf above her mudroom’s bench.  Donna painted and stained the big block as well as the blocks in the glass jars. 

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Check out the vinyl decal above the desserts, and the bunny, and the cotton blossoms, and the latterns,  and the purposely selected books… 

Baby love


And to really complete the literary theme, all the guests got to wish and provide advice to the expecting parents. 

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 This shower was lovely, sweet, and thoughtful– a perfect reflection of Lisa.  














Easy DIY Give Thanks Wreath

This Give Thanks Wreath is perfect for Thanksgiving. I know, I know, Thanksgiving is but a few days away, but this wreath is so simplistic and lovely that you could be hanging one up in your house/door in less than 10 minutes– just in time for Turkey day and the upcoming holiday seasons. 

My friend Bailey and I both made these one evening. She, with the help of our friend Katie, added some burlap flowers. And you know, if it’s burlap, naturally, I’m in love. I, on the other hand, wrapped wrapped some upholstery webbing around mine, and called it a day. Either way, I love both of them. 

Here’s What You’ll Need to create your Give Thanks Wreath:

- Grapevine wreath

- Twine

-White paint (paintbrush, obvi)

-Stencils (we used Martha Stewart’s Stencils)

-Burlap (, holler). 

bailey's wreath

 Aren’t Bailey’s burlap flowers cute?

Give Thanks


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