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Favorite Things Party 2023

Our 4th annual Community Group Favorite Things Party is officially down in the books!

This year the theme for our attire was snow bunny — and everyone totally nailed it! It was such a fun, warm, and cozy night!

This year I decided to replace my usual pitcher cocktail for a Mix-Your-Own Mule Bar! It was a hit and all the girls loved whipping up different mules throughout the night. I made a little sign with recipes for a Moscow Mule, Mexican Mule, Cranberry Mule, and Apple Cider Mule.

Each cocktail recipe includes 2 oz vodka or tequila, 1/2 oz lime juice, topped with ginger beer, and garnished with whatever you want! The only extra ingredient is the Apple Cider Mule. For that recipe you can add 1-2 ounces of apple cider, depending on how sweet you like your cocktail.

Mule Bar Set-Up

  • Copper Mugs
  • Fun Cocktail Napkins
  • Tito’s Vodka
  • Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka
  • Tres Agaves Tequila
  • Apple Cider
  • Ginger Beer (Light & Regular)
  • Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice (Bottle)
  • Rosemary
  • Mint
  • Sliced Limes
  • Cranberries
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Sliced Apples

This year I hosted a seated dinner before our gift exchange instead of doing all appetizers. I created a super simple tablescape with a few poinsettia clippings, dried oranges, fresh mint, and disposable place settings — the plates, napkins, and flatware were all plastic. I knew I would not be up for cleaning a ton of dishes after a late night!

Tablecloth + Goblet Wine Glasses + Plates + Flatware

For our meal, I served the Build-Your-Own Family Meal from Flower Child! Everything was gluten-free and delicious. We had Brussels sprouts & kale salad, steak, chicken, mac & cheese, and red chili glazed sweet potatoes. And for dessert we had gluten-free cashew chocolate chip cookies. And Mary Shadler homemade the most incredible Christmas Oreo bark!

After dinner we shared our favorite things! This is always SO much fun. The gifts were all so good but the best part is always the presentation!

Each girl brought 6 copies of her favorite $25 item and took home 6 new gifts! You can read all about how we structure our exchange, set up for the party, and find all of our previous gifts in this post: 7 Tips for Hosting a Girls Christmas Gift Exchange!

Alright, here was the gift line-up…

Favorite Things Party Gifts

Hair Vitamin Serum & Lume Body Wash

I brought two of my favorite things! First up, the hair vitamins that I have shared a few times with you! This serum is a no-rinse treatment that you apply while your hair is wet. It doesn’t make your hair greasy and has tremendously helped restore shine and a silky smooth texture to my hair. And since I scored these on Black Friday sale for $18.99, I was able to grab a sampler pack of my second favorite thing — Lume body wash. This works better than soap and is pH optimized to control odor – perfect for showers after a sweaty workout!

Merit Blush

Lindsey brought the most gorgeous blush that is currently one of her favorites! This lightweight balm is creamy and blends perfectly to give the most beautiful glow! Color: Cheeky

The Lives We Actually Have Book

Michelle brought this book filled with 100 blessings for imperfect days. I cannot WAIT to dive into this!

Nécessaire The Sex Gel

If you follow Stephanie, you know she’s been raving about this gel! This hydrating serum-in-gel formula is pH optimized and infused with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera. Solid presentation on this one.

12 Days of Christmas Tea Towel

April gifted the prettiest 12 Days of Christmas Tea Towel, her favorite snack — Tangerine and Chili Pitted Olives, and a pair of earrings!

Deep Conditioning Hair Repair Mask + Teardrop Hoop Earrings

Laure brought an amazing hair repair mask you can use in the shower for a deep conditioning. This product is one of my faves too and works really well — especially if you regularly use heat styling tools, color your hair, or want to improve damage. She paired her hair mask with the teardrop hoop earrings she loves for elevating any look!

Re-Usable Under Eye Patches

Mary Shadler brought reusable under eye patches that help with dark circles, puffiness, and brightening. I’ve never seen these before so I’m excited to try them out. You apply these right over your skincare products.

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Wednesday 6th of December 2023

Is the chicken recipe for your party posted in your recipes?