My Favorite Things in Ten Days PLUS a GIVEAWAY!



Just coming off of my annual Christmas Holiday Party planning buzz.  This year’s theme was My Favorite Things and what a fun time we had planning it!  Guests received my first Favorite Thing as part of their invitation (more on that in a minute).  The event featured nine other Favorite Things from the practical to the delicious, as well as Favorite Food, Beverage, Decor, Favor and Entertaining ideas. 

Readers of this blog know how important the invitation to any event is to me.  It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, just eye-catching, novel, fun,or different but most importantly, memorable!  The invitations to the My Favorite Things event was Target’s wallet sized, foldable REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG.  I love reusable bags (“Ecofriendly, meet Chic.”  “How do you do?”) but I have a bad habit of forgetting to bring them into the store until I’m at the checkout counter!  BLERG!  Well, blerg no more my friends!  Target offers this adorable bag that folds up to the size of a wallet so you can keep it in your purse!  LOVE IT!  The design is super cute and not overtly commercialized. 

P.S.  It costs a dollar. 


So we tucked these happy little totes into envelopes with the invitations:



We “adopted” several children from a domestic violence situation for the party and divided them up amongst the guests and then asked everyone to bring their bag to the party filled with a gift for their assigned child.  You should have SEEN all the gifts (more on that later this week!).  One of My Favorite Things Ideas is ENTERTAINING THAT GIVES BACK.



NOW ONTO THE GOOD STUFF —->  Would you like to win a bag filled with all ten of My Favorite Things?  You would???  Perfect, because I saved one for ONE *LUCKY* READER.  Leave a comment telling me one of YOUR favorite things, and I’ll randomly draw a winner on Saturday, December 18 at midnight.  The gift will be shipped the next morning.  GOOD LUCK AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

Stay tuned for the next nine Favorite Things

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46 Responses to “My Favorite Things in Ten Days PLUS a GIVEAWAY!”

  1. Onna Says:

    One of my very favorite things is the new Sharpie pen. I love that thing!

    I can’t wait to hear more about your other favorite things and I LOVE the invitation!

  2. Chris@Celebrations At Home Says:

    I was going to comment even BEFORE you said “giveaway.” Really! I’m not lying!
    I love the idea of this party and these bag invites are Fabulous! I can’t wait to see the rest!

    My favorite thing is a gift certificate to Marshalls or TJMaxx! Everyone who knows me, knows I am obsessed with finding the hidden (and not so hidden) treasures in these stores…whether it’s home decor or fashion!!

  3. Lori Renn Says:

    Oh, Robyn, not only are you brilliantly creative but also generous! What a fabulous idea! :)

  4. Karen Says:

    One of my favorite things is my Amazing Grace perfume. Yes it is a bit pricey, but it smells absolutely WONDERFUL –a touch of sweet and a touch of clean…and the packaging is divine!

  5. Lori Says:

    I love your idea of using the bags with the invitations, so creative! My favorite thing is stylish office supplies. Nothing better to get my creative juices flowing!

  6. Michelle Says:

    First, I love the idea of adding a re-usable bag! Your ideas are always inspiring. A few of my favorite things are Burts Bee’s lip balm, OPI nail polish, & Method cleaning products. I can’t wait to see your list!

  7. Shandra Says:

    One of my favorite things at this time of year is candles that fill the house with the scent of freshly cut christmas trees. Yes, my tree is fake (beautiful as it is) but I do miss the scent that fills the house when it is fresh. My current fave candle is by Yankee Candle and it is the Balsm and Cedar scent. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Not too strong, but just enough to make you feel warm and fuzzy with the smell that you get upon entering the house.

    BTW, so sad I couldn’t come to your party. Next year, I’m there. No matter what. :)

  8. Natasha Smith-Clayton Says:

    What a fabulous idea! Love it, my favorite thing is KFC chocolate cake!

  9. Holly Breton Says:

    Hi Robyn! What a great idea :) One of my favorite things to do during this time of year is to serve a meal in a local shelter with my family. It helps show the kids how fortunate they are while at the same time, giving something back to the community

  10. Laura Lance Says:

    I love it!!!

    one of my favorite things is sitting in the dark staring at the christmas tree!!!!!!

  11. Kelly Says:

    I love this!! Especially with it being the holidays! My favorite things include anything Christmas related. It’s such a wonderful time of year with people (who aren’t stuck in the mall crowds and traffic) opening up their hearts to those who are less fortunate. I love the giving trees at the malls, work and churchs. I love the glow of the Christmas lights, lighting up neighborhoods. I love that families reunite during the holidays. And I love more than anything on a crowded, miserable day at the mall, having someone smile at you. It really can turn someone’s day around.

  12. Lynn Osborne Says:

    Hmm, many favorite things come to mind. I would say going to Christmas Eve service at church, lighting the candles and singing Joy to the World.

  13. Danielle Yarian Says:

    I am got shopping bags for gift bags this year for christmas gifts. Never thought about for invites how fun I would love getting that invite. I would be very excited for that party. Love the ideas. My fav for Christmas is spending all the time with my family!

  14. Tiffany Nelson Says:

    I Love, Love, Love the “Singing for your supper” twist to a party. People really do like to give, but just need a little push most times. I am definitely doing this at my next party! Now, my newest favorite thing is my coach swing purse. It fits perfectly across my chest and makes it easy to shop with my hands free!

  15. Maggie Says:

    Love those target bags! My favorite thing right now is fresh baked gingerbread cookies!

  16. Rosemary Beyert Says:

    Inspiring is an understatement. I’m new to the world of Robyn and am loving every minute of if. I feel blessed to have met you Robyn and thank you so much for including me in your memorable occasions you create!!! I wish my mother were still alive….we used to have a phrase that we used after every party where we (my mother and sisters) would all 3 way call eachother to “Do Afterglow” of the party. How appropriate! Love you bunches….

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  18. Karen Says:

    My favorite thing is Gold Canyon candles–love all their products–they are fantastic!!!

  19. Alayna Says:

    My favorite things are many and varied, including Christmas, parties and party planning, hot chocolate, and crafts. Love the idea of a Favority things party. We did this once with a bunch of girls and it was so much fun. I would love to do it again, but with a bigger budget to REALLY get some cool stuff for everyone. Maybe someday…

  20. Brinn66 Says:

    Girl, you NEVER cease to amaze me! All that you have done is so inspiring. I can’t wait to try the new martini this Saturday night! Call me crazy but my new favorite thing is………………. Aerobics in slightly melting snow!

  21. Tammy Says:

    I ordered 4 Java Jumpers and then saw them here! I am wishing I’d ordered more! New to reading your blog and loving it :)

  22. Theresa Says:

    One of my favorite “things” is my Ipod Nano. I just got it in November for my birthday from the best little brother ever, and I don’t know how I lived with out music in my pocket! It’s marvelous!

  23. Lori H Says:

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to read all of your favorite things!

  24. Rebekah Says:

    My favorite thing is my Keurig coffee machine. Yum!

  25. Donna Says:

    I would love anything from Anthropologie or Cath Kidston.

    This is such a lovely idea Robyn! I hope you and your family are having a fabulous holiday!

  26. Whitney Says:

    One of my favorite things is decorating the Christmas tree and enjoying it all season long!!! Love your blog and all of great ideas!!!

  27. Cayce Carter Says:

    I have too many things to list just one of my favorites. But I love your favorite thing “idea”. You are such a generous, inspiring person Robyn. Thanks for all the great idea.

  28. Rachel Says:

    My favorite thing is yarn. Yarn yarn yarn yarn. Oh and coffee. Whoops… that’s two things isn’t it? Oh well, not changing it!

  29. Dee Says:

    My favourite things are bubble baths and clean cotton sheets – oh and the yankee candles of those scents.

    I am in the U.K. so doubt I will be able to enter the giveaway- but what a fab idea!

  30. Beck Says:

    My favorite thing right now is my juicer! Since I’m pregnant again, I’m trying not to drink much caffiene so I’ve been juicing!! We buy satsumas by the case from a friend and then I add in other fruits and veggies!! All the natural vitamins give me a pump of energy in the mornings so I can keep up with my 8 month old!!! My other favorite thing lately is reading this blog!! I’ve really looked forward to seeing which favorite thing you will list next!! I can’t wait to put some of these ideas to good use!! Thanks for posting!!

  31. Alison B Says:

    Love this idea!!!

    One of my favorite things is a journal!! I love mine. I love giving them as gifts! Love them!

  32. Jenny Says:

    Each of these posts of yours have made me smile… so interesting, and great photos!

    My favourite thing is coffee in a paper cup. I don’t drink one every day, I have a travel mug, I make it at home, etc… but sometimes I really just need to treat myself to one in a paper cup. Especially the Christmas-themed cups the coffee shops come out with.

  33. stephanie @ Couture Parties Says:

    Robyn, what a fabulous party theme!!!! I have many high end favorite things so we won’t name them (LOL!!!) but besides people, I am going to have to say my library of party planning books. I think that to be a successful event planner you have to always be willing to learn and look at ideas from your fellow vendor friends. Happy Holidays!!

  34. NTE Says:

    What a great idea – those are some amazing invitations!

    I suppose one of my favorite things is books. So much so that I do not understand how people manage to have space on their shelves for displaying things – say china or beautiful collections of snowglobes or whatever – other than books. To the dismay of my great-great grandmother’s china, unfortunately.

  35. Melanie Says:

    One of my favorite things is my CrackBerry. Couldn’t imagine life without it!

  36. Karen Says:

    Another one of my favorite things is Aveda Phmollient–it is a mouse/foam and I just love it. Tried to do without it (due to $$) for several months and broke down and went and got some the other day. Actually bought 2 bottles!

  37. Trudy Says:

    One of my favorite things is your blog! I’m not sure how I could bring your blog to a party but maybe if I’m invited to your Favorite Things next year (over-obvious hint), I will find a way. You do great work.

  38. Melissa Says:

    What a fun series of posts, and what a fun party that must have been! Two of my current favorites this season are the children’s book “Bear Snores On,” which I read with my son, and peppermint mocha coffee creamer. It’s a great alternative to expensive Starbucks!

  39. Karen Says:

    Can you enter over and over in hopes to wiN? :)

  40. Kristina Says:

    Two of my very favorite things this time of year is the Bible as well as the movie “The Nativity Story”…. It keeps the true reason we celebrate fresh in my mind as I fall into the busyness of the holidays.

  41. Kristy Says:

    Love your amazing blog, inspiring ideas and magical glow.

    I have two very special, favorite things~Griffin & Gavin. All of my inspiration and motivation comes from my little dudes. My love for them is woven into everything I design and create.

    Oh~one more favorite…anything Purple…

  42. Becky Says:

    My favorite thing is C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine, tinted or not it’s great stuff!

  43. Lindsay Says:

    this is such a great idea! the party seems like such a hit, and the “entertaining that gives back” is wonderful. feels great to do something nice for other people, doesn’t it??

    my two current favorite things are flannel sheets (GREAT for the big snow we’re currently having in northern Virginia!!) and peppermint mochas from Starbucks. Such a treat!

  44. Calisara Says:

    I love all your favorite things too, but really loved your gift wrapping party to give back. Very inspiring!

    One of my favorite things for gift wrapping is craft glue runners (the ones with one swipe and you can add glue to anything?), makes it easy peasy to attach cards, bows, hold ribbon in place, gift tags with one little swipe :)

  45. Karen G Says:

    I love your favourite things! My two faves are the scotch high heel shoe tape dispenser and Philosophy Hope in a Jar moisturizer.

  46. junko Says:

    I love this party idea! This would be super fun to do at a birthday party! My favorite thing….CUPCAKES!!

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