Favorite Things Party… and GIVEAWAY

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Maybe it is raindrops on roses. Or perhaps whiskers on kittens. Whatever your fancy, we all have everyday items that we love, use, and cannot live without. They may be items that we don’t often pause to think much about and perhaps we don’t even think twice when we stock up on them at the store. They are the things that make our day to day routines, just a little bit more extraordinary. Simply put, they are our favorite things.

Recently, the ladies of North Phoenix Moms blog decided to spend some time getting to know one another outside of the blog-o-sphere. And what better way to learn about each other than to have a “Favorite Things Party”? Whether planning a night with the girls that you have known since grade-school, or planning an event for a new group of professional colleagues (or anywhere in between), this party format is fun, easy, and mindful of the pocket-book!

So what do you do at a Favorite Things Party you ask? Well, it’s super simple!

Step One: Gather  a few of your favorite ladies and have each of them bring 3 of one of their “favorite things” (3 of the same item) all wrapped up pretty to the party. It usually works best to set a dollar limit so that everyone is in the same ballpark.  (For our recent party, we set a $10 per item limit!)

Step Two:  As everyone arrives, have them put their wrapped items on a table and put their name in a hat 3 times.

Step Three: Time to open the items!!! Each person who brought an item, picks three names out of the hat. These are the 3 lucky ladies that will get to take home that person’s item – and a new favorite thing!

Step Four: The 3 ladies that were drawn for that item open their gift and oooh and aaahhh accordingly! The lovely lady that brought that item, tells a little snippet about why it is one of her favorite things and then you move on down the table and repeat!

Step Five (and One through Four): Eat, drink, and enjoy each other’s company! We made our party a pot-luck and learned a little about everyone’s food tastes as well – added bonus!

Seriously, so much fun and you get to know your circle of friends even better! In the end, everyone goes home with 3 gifts and potentially 3 new “favorite things”!

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Oh yeah, we mentioned a GIVEAWAY didn’t we?!?!? We decided to give one of our readers a chance to win ONE OF EACH OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS!  Check out what you could win:

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Jessie: “Drinking water is a necessity here in the desert, so why not make it fun with a super chic mason jar travel mug by Aladdin? I love taking this cup I got at Target on the go for sipping away!!”

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Eileen: “I love and collect nail polish and Essie is one of my favorite brands. Trophy wife is one of my favorite colors in the line. Enjoy!”

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Jenna: “I love that the Sephora Fresh Glossy Gloss is not sticky and leaves just a hint of pink which is great by itself or over another color! It also smells great!”

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Nichole: “Anthropologie + white= my most favorite candle ever!

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Krystle: “Method’s Pink Grapefruit All-Purpose cleaner is the perfect summer scent and leaves the house smelling great long after you use it!”

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Emily: “I wanted to share something made by me and love the versatility of these simple, interchangeable earrings.”

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Elisa: “Love this brand of wine found at Trader Joe’s. It’s smooth, organic, and very affordable!  And once you taste this chocolate bar you will realize why it is one of my favorite things!”

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Stacey: “The Skin Smoothing SPF is all I put on my face when it comes to sun protection and makeup/coverage.  IT IS THE BEST PRODUCT I HAVE EVER USED! Also, the luscious lip gloss is one of my faves (and this shade happens to be named after me!) and the gentle gel cleanser is amazing!”  

Breanna at Healthy Skin AZ wants all of our readers to have a chance to try out these products and is offering you 15% OFF through the end of October.  Use coupon code: NPHXMOMS

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Rachel: “I love this bag from She Does Justice!  Their products not only look amazing but have inspiring messages too! This brand is passionate about + supports many causes with your help…check them out!  Behind one of my favorite product lines is a wonderful woman.”

Alright ladies, there you have it!! A few of our favorite things can be yours, just enter below! And then get to planning your own “Favorite Things Party”!!

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Jessie is the proud mama of two little loves, Reese (born 2009) and Brooks (born 2011). She is fortunate enough to share her life’s adventures with her husband (and high school sweetheart) Todd to whom she has been married since 2004. Although she and her husband have lived all over the West Coast, Arizona is home and she can’t imagine leaving the warm Arizona sunshine anytime soon! A proud University of Arizona Alumni, Jessie spent her pre-kiddo years as a corporate recruiter and trainer. When she is not taking her kiddos to the park or exploring the many cool things the Valley has for families, Jessie is running her natural baby food business, At First Bite, and blogging about the many adventures of parenthood on her blog, At First Bite – Peas. Love. Yumminess.

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  1. As always, great blog, Jessie! I love the idea and am crossing my fingers about the giveaway. Would love to try the Trader Joe’s wine and chocolate!

  2. Thanks Mandi! It was such a fun event. We should definitely do another. I have my Eileen’s fave color on my toes right now. I’d post a picture but they definitely need a re-paint 🙂

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