What’s the etiquette on throwing yourself a birthday party? Is it okay or is it not okay? I Googled to find out and well, it didn’t help an ounce, but it did give me a slight relief. Half of the answers I read said, “It’s kind of selfish and self centered to throw a party to get gifts and have people come sing happy birthday to you,” while others said, “If you just want to spend time with people who are important to you, it’s okay.” I didn’t want gifts, but wanted to spend time with girlfriends who have a special place in my heart. So I decided to throw a get together where I could spend time with them. I went hunting for ideas again through Pinterest (she’s slowly becoming my best friend, but she hasn’t beat out Google yet. Yes, Pinterest is a girl to me LOL). As Pinterest loaded in my browser, Kara’s Party Ideas (an awesome site full of party planning ideas that I follow) just pinned a “Favorite Things” party idea and I knew that was what I wanted to do. This party would let me get to know more about my friends (if I didn’t know their favorite things yet) and let them go home with gifts. Instead of me getting gifts or making the party about me, I wanted this party to be about them. A party planning I went! (If you didn’t know, I love planning budget friendly parties and executing them because it lets me be creative and crafty).
Here is the invite that I made, sorry for the terrible quality (I need to hone in those photography skills). The colors were aqua, gray and white since those are my favorite colors. I included washi tape and some of my favorite fonts.
For decorations, I had majority of the items already from previous parties and me being a hoarder (I know that contradicts my cleaner, more organized home goal). I made a backdrop from my daughter’s curtains, banner, an instructions sign and a name-tag holder from a tree branch. The banner was made from doilies folded in half and I used part of the plastic table cover to make the tassels. I made the curtains last year for my daughter. It’s just a sheer curtain ($5) and I used a plastic cup and paint to make the circles (yes, I’m cheap). The name-tags were made from washi tape placed on top of key tag and then I used my trusty Dymo embossing label maker to type out the names of my guests. I used safety pins to loop the key ring part of the tag into the safety pin so that it could hang from the tree and guests could pin it to their shirts.
This was an upclose look at the decorations on each side of the table. The ornaments cam in a box of 50 for $4.50 at Target and they were perfect for the party!!
Here was the table with the party favors (personalized white paper bags), games, and prizes. The favor bags had the favors and were used to hold all of the new stuff the guests got so it’d be easier to transport out to the car. The two white boxes were the prizes for the winners of the one round bingo game and the favorite things questionnaire (more on the games later).
Wondering what was the prize? More of my favorite things of course! Knee high socks, cheap jewelry, candy and fave nail polish!
For the favors, I made a small art decor of my favorite definition of “love”. I’ll have a tutorial for this in a later post, it’s extra easy to make! I added my favorite candies (who doesn’t like chocolate??)
What was my favorite things? Well let’s take a look:
- Journals because I take notes and write down everything regarding any Biblical studies, sermons, or leadership training I go to. I love having all of this information in journals since it lets me go back and look at things that I’ve learned and how much I’ve grown spiritually.
- Owl earrings from my favorite store (the jewelry I get from this store is like SUPER cheap, I never spend more than $2 on an item).
- Crafty things because I’m a crafter; so I got some cute and unique blank card sets along with a cute sticker and baker’s twine.
Up-close of the earrings and stickers
Some of the items that were brought:
- Jewelry Frame Organizer
- Beauty products (lotions, nail polish, etc)
- Stationary items (journals, pens, etc)
- Scented candles
How did I host the swap? We went around describing our gifts (everyone’s gifts had their names on it) or why it was our favorite thing. One description was, “I like to do this when the kids are gone.” There was an uproar laughter. As moms, most of us thought of two words, LOVE MAKING. It turns out, it was a puzzle. After everyone described their gifts, we put our name tags in a jar and began the gift picking. I was forced to go first since it was my birthday, so I picked my gift and then picked a name tag out of the jar to see who would go next. Then that person went and they picked the next person’s name to pick a gift. We did this for four rounds until all of the gifts were picked. Everyone opened up the items after the last thing was picked and I did allow bartering, in case someone got to something before another person could get their hands on it. Luckily, everyone was super happy with what they got and didn’t exchange anything.
These wonderful ladies are truly beautiful and God-loving. I couldn’t have asked more from God, but to have met these awesome women. I’m looking forward to deeper relationships with them. I really enjoyed my birthday party and having tons of laughs with them!