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After being inspired by Hayley,  I hosted a Favorite Things party with 7 of my best girl friends last night. I asked each of them to find their favorite thing under $10 and wrap it up; one for each girl, as well as a favorite appetizer or dessert to share. We had so much fun that I completely forgot to take any pictures of my friends, but of course, we got a few of the goods! 🙂
Both of us had fun wrapping our gifts up pretty. I printed my adorable {free}tags from Jones Design Company and they were the perfect addition to my gift. Can you guess what our favorite things were based on the packages?
There was such a wide variety of favorite things, which made it that much more fun! Each girl wrote what she thought the other one brought and then we revealed our guesses just before we opened each gift. Some guesses were really accurate, and others were waaaaayyyy off. (Based on the packaging, I guessed that one of my friends brought trash cans, but really it was a tub of popcorn!) So what were our fav things? (Clockwise from top left corner.)
1. Homemade Iced Coffee with the fixin’s & a Starbucks gift card. Jen used this recipe from The Pioneer Woman, and let me tell you: it was awesome! And that’s coming from a non-coffee drinker.
2. Mrs. Meyer’s Basil Hand Soap. If you guessed that this was mine, you were right! I’ve already gone on and on about my love for Mrs. Meyer’s, so I’ll stop now.
3. A thermal “sippy cup” for adults.  Don’t call it anything else or Jen might bite your head off.
4. Popcorn in a Christmas tin. Man, we used to get loads of these from my dad’s co-workers etc. and so this brought back memories of eating more popcorn than is legally allowed.
5. J.Crew t-shirt and Land O’ Lakes Mint Hot Cocoa. Yes, it’s good to have friends with good taste, folks.
6. Spelt Flour. A bit unusual, but my friend Steph is unusually passionate about the stuff.
7. My sis made her famous Puppy Chow, because, duh, it’s peanutbutter, chocolate and powdered sugar. Everyone’s favorite mix!
8. Monica’s gift was chocolate chip cookie dough and a pair of tight-fitting ankle socks. She actually buys the children’s sizes because she’s so particular about the fit. And you wouldn’t believe how much cookie dough we consume in a year. It would probably break a record.
Of course, we had great food too! A yummy hot chocolate bar:
And I also made Cheddar Bacon Ranch Bread (aka Crack Bread) that is absolutely to die for. I’m sorry, but if you don’t like this, your taste buds must not be functioning correctly. This has been my go-to appetizer lately. No joke- I’ve made this 3 times in the last 4 days, and it never fails to please.
 I’m so thankful for good friends and sharing the little things that make us happy. I’m adding this to my list of annual traditions!

The comments +

  1. Samantha says:

    How fun! I keep seeing that bread on Pinterest and have more than likely pinned it a couple of times, but haven’t gotten to try it yet! Now I want to even more! It looks so good!

  2. Allison says:

    I think this is just the best Idea. heard about this idea this year too, but just didn’t get my act together in time to host one. Maybe next year!

  3. I tried the iced coffee recipe and OH MY! I love it, I get excited to wake up and make myself a delicious iced coffee before work!

    I also made two loaves of the “crack” bread for New Years Eve and New Years day and it was gone so quickly I barely got any for myself!

    Thanks for the recipes! 🙂

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