2014 Favorite Things Party

Please Join Me for Our 4th Annual Favorite Things Party

Sunday, Dec. 14th, 12pm

The Clancy Residence, Norwich, CT

It's that time of year again!

When I think of favorite things, two epic images spring to mind. There's Oprah onstage at her annual holiday giveaway show ("You get a brand new car! And you get a brand new car! And you get a brand new car!") and there's Maria from the Sound of Music prancing around in a woolen nightgown belting her heart out about schnitzel and noodles. The aim of this party is to bring the two feelings together - to share awesome products with friends, spread some holiday cheer and take the time to enjoy some favorites!

Here's the deal: Please bring a favorite appetizer or dessert. I'm going to supply some of my favorite beverages - probably a wine as well as a non-alcoholic option, as many of you will be driving some distance (although you are, of course, always welcome to stay as long as you like).

Your other (fun!) obligation is to bring a favorite thing (anything you like…your favorite lip gloss, favorite kitchen tool, a gift card for your favorite frozen yogurt, baked goods, wine, etc. - if you can't think of anything, I am more than willing to brainstorm ideas with you!). It can’t cost more than $6, and please bring five of the same thing.

When you arrive at the party, we'll write your name on five slips of paper and throw them in a big bowl. The bowl is passed around, and each person takes five names (making sure you don’t pick your own or two of the same name). One at a time you'll each introduce your favorite thing and then read the five names you picked from the bowl and pass out your gift to those five guests. After everyone at the party has presented their favorite thing, each person should end up with five gifts to take home!

A few final notes:

Feel free to bring a friend, but please have them RSVP to this page OR jot a note here (Facebook) RSVP-ing them.

The earlier the RSVPs come rolling in, the better! If you aren't sure if you can make it, but want to come, RSVP "maybe" and then change it to "yes" if it becomes a go. If you are unsure because of weather conditions only, RSVP "yes" and see my next note.

Sometimes it snows (or hails or ices) in New England in December. For this reason, there will be a snow date of January 11th. Same time, same place. I'll try to make the call about whether or not the party will be moved on here about 12 hours in advance. If there is any question on the day of, feel free to call or text me!

And, on an aside, I realllllllly wanted to do paper invitations for this party, as creating invites as well as receiving mail by post are both among my favorite things! However, my schedule isn't really permitting this, and so, here we are. Hope not getting a paper invite doesn't ruin the experience for you! :o)

And finally, if you are from out of town, please RSVP, but feel no obligation to participate unless you really want to from afar - I just wanted everyone to feel included!

I've been asked to make a list of what favorite things were brought in previous years...

for those not in attendance. It's been a lot of fun remembering all of the great things people brought! I don't think I forgot anyone but if I did, feel free to chime in and remind me!

Here's our favorite things of 2013:

Wrapping Twine Ribbon
Italian Wine Glasses/Swedish Fish Candy Canes
Ball Jar Wine Glasses
Burt's Bees Lip Gloss
Isagenix Bars and Chai
Send Out Cards Brownies
Snowman Ornaments
Wine Coolers
EOS Lip Gloss and Purse-Size Hair Spray
Bath and Body Works Hand Soap
Foot Soak/Bath Salts (is that right?)
Handmade Soaps and Wash Clothes
Recycled Plastic Pens
Drink Tumblers/Glasses
Eye Glass Cleaners
Cinnamon Ornaments and Rosebud Salve Lip Balm

Apple Peeler/Corer

Here's our favorite things of 2012:

Birds on a Wire
Vietnamese Cinnamon
Notecards and Pens
Peppermint M & Ms
Stuffed Baby Animals
Pre-mixed Cocktails in Glasses and Nips
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Del's Lemonade Mix
Dill Dip Mix from G & L Christmas Barn
Yankee Candle Vent Sticks
Fair Trade Plant Waterers
Amazon Gift Cards for Taylor Swift Songs or Sarah Addison Allen Book
Mason Jar Soap Dispensers
Lottery Scratch Tickets

Here are our favorite things of 2011:

Edy's Milkshakes
Better Home and Gardens Wax Tarts and Warmers
Burts Bees Chapstick
Aussie Three Minute Miracle Leave In Conditioner
Starbucks Gift Cards
Personal Manicure Sets
Mrs. Prindible's Candied Apples
Cannolis (from a local bakery)
Peach Bellini Mix
Gadgets - One to Keep Pasta from Boiling Over, One to Keep Brown Sugar Soft
Yankee Candle Vent Clips
Crockpot Liners and Seasoning
Favorite Lotion
Goldbond Lotion and Pocket Pack of Tissues
OPI Crackle Nailpolish