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My friend, Erika, and I have been trying to put together a girl’s night with wine and apps and girl talk since the summer. So since summer came and went, we decided to embrace the holiday spirit and put a festive spin on our get-together by hosting a Favorite Things Exchange.

Everyone brought something they LOVED for $30, and after a bit of eating and drinking and chatting we did the favorite things exchange. For the food Erika and I kept it simple with some savory appetizers: a butternut squash flatbread, puff pastries with caramelized onions and feta cheese, caprese stacks and a cheese tray. We rounded out the spread with some sweets: pink and white macaroons, vanilla cupcakes with custom-made heart toppers and chocolate truffles. We washed everything down with some delicious red wine and a hot spiced and spiked apple cider.

For the exchange portion of the evening, all the girls selected a number at random from the board and chose a gift from the pile according to their number. If they guessed who brought it, it was safe. If not, it was up for a steal (with a maximum steal of 2 times). The “favorite things” spin really made it a fun exchange, some items were more popular than others – but all-in-all everyone literally went home with something awesome…or I guess I should say, someone’s “favorite something”.


The night before, E and I made the Cherry Pies-In-A-Jar for party favors. They were surprisingly easy to make and used this tutorial as a guide. It was a fun time and something we agreed to host for next year. Never too early to start planning…well, maybe I’ll try to get through this Christmas first 😉

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Comments (5)

  1. Jessica O'Brien: Friday, January 11, 2013

    So fun! I attended a favorite things party this Christmas too! What a great idea! :)

  2. Brigett: Monday, December 1, 2014

    where did you get the invitations for your “favorites” party? I love them! Do you have a link or free download?

    Thanks, –

  3. Jolene Reed: Monday, February 2, 2015

    I love your invite and was wondering if you have it for sale? I could not find it in your store.

  4. Cristina: Tuesday, February 3, 2015

    It’s not on my shop, but send me an email cristinalepartiesugarcom and I’ll set-up a listing for you!

  5. Jolene Reed: Monday, February 9, 2015

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