Monday, December 17, 2012

The Schwartz's vs These Are Few of My Favorite Things...Party

Last year on pinterest a pin about a Favorite Things Party went around a few times.  I didn't pin it, but I kept it in the back of my mind because I loved the idea.  Gifts for adults are stressful.  It's not that I don't want to give my friends stuff it's just really I don't have the time or money to go shopping for gifts for all my friends.  I'd rather focus on my kids.  Even Chris is lucky if he gets a gift from me (kidding...sort of).  But I do enjoy giving my friends things because I love them.  So that's what attracted me to the favorites thing party.  The gist of it is you bring your favorite thing to give to everyone else.  Then you go home with other people's favorite things.  Now depending on your group you can change it up.  If you have lots of people at the party then you would bring maybe 5 of your favorite little things.  Then at the party everyone's name would be in the bowl 5 times at when it was your turn to give a gift you would draw five slips out (not yourself or any repeats) and then give those people your things.  If they were bigger and more expensive then you might just do 3 of your favorite things.

So for our little get together there are 6 of us.  So we decided to each spend about $6/person on our favorite things and bring one for everyone.  So you bring 5 gifts, you leave with 5 gifts.  Get it?

We decided for food to bring either your favorite appetizer or favorite dessert or both if you were so inclined.  I know they hoped I'd bring cake balls but those things are a lot of work and I'm lazy.  So instead I stressed and stressed over what to bring to the point that it was too late.  30 minutes before the party I still didn't have anything so I had to run to Chick-fil-a and get a party platter of nuggets.  I'm awesome.  We had so much food and it was all ridiculously good.

Then after dinner it was finally time for presents!

I was so excited about this party and immediately knew what I was going to bring as my favorite thing.  Because my favorite thing is junk food.  That's right.  I love it.  And not just any kind of junk food, sweets in particular.  I really try not to keep them in the house because I will inhale them.  When I was working it was quite common for me to come home have dinner with Chris, go to the gym, work out for 1.5 hours, and then come home, immediately walk in the door and fix myself a bowl of ice cream.  I can sit around and complain that I work out all the time (about 2 hours a day, 5 days a week) and yet I never lose weight.  Except I know why I never lose weight.  I like to eat.  And I like to eat junk food.  Yum!  So in the gift bags I handed out were:
* Full package of Double Stuffed Oreos
* Box of Peanut M&Ms
* Box of Raisinettes
* Half a bag of fun size Snickers
* Can of Coke

I'm pretty proud of not making a bag for myself to keep at home.  But it worked out well since apparently Annie and I are a bit too much alike because sure enough, in her bag were a package of Milano cookies (I almost got those but figured you get more bang for your buck with oreos), peanut m&ms, and a coke!  Ha!  She also gave us a pair of her favorite type of no show socks and some chapstick.  Ashley and Michelle had the same idea for their favorite things too so we got some awesome nail polishes from both of them and manicure accessories.  Jen made us some of her favorite peppermint sugar scrub with a disclaimer.  Good times.  And Megan passed out her favorite leave in deep conditioner, chapstick, and gum.  It was so much fun to see what everyone else's favorite things and the perfect way to exchange gifts with friends.

Then we talked and laughed until our faces hurt.  Before finally calling it a night.

I don't know if I mentioned it before but I really had a hard time with my last calling in YW.  The pressure was ridiculous, I was miserable, my kids were miserable, my hubs was miserable.  It was either not the right calling, or not the right time for it.  And every now and then I think about it and wonder why I was put there at that time.  As I sat around that table and just laughed and talked with these other women I finally realized why it was the right time and place for me in that calling.  I may not have had any deep and resounding life changing impact on the girls in YW, but I made deep and sincere friendships with the women I served with.  A lot has been going on at church and for whatever reason the conversation has been on the importance of fellowshipping recently.  I never considered myself lonely in my ward, I still wouldn't say I ever was.  I always had someone to sit next to in each class and make the requisite small talk with.  But until I served with these women, I didn't really have strong bond of friendship with anyone in my ward.  I am so grateful that I have these ladies in my life.  I talk to at least one of them in some form or fashion on a daily basis.  They are fantastic examples to me of how to be a better woman, wife, and mother.  They are talented beyond measure and generous beyond means.  I didn't know I needed them, and now that I have them in my life I couldn't imagine any of them leave.  Thanks ladies for all our good times together!
PS, this may not look like a good picture, but considering I just propped my camera up on a bookshelf set the self timer and ran and we got it in one shot.  I'm calling it a picture miracle!

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like so much stinkin fun, gahhhh, i hate you because you have real friends! I would SO do this and host it... bah!