How To Host a Favorite Things Party + $10 Favorite Products

This week I went to a favorite things party for the Des Moines Moms Blog contributors.  We did it last year too and it was such a hit we did it again.  Every time I go I leave thinking I want to host one.  Not only do you get some great recommendations, but you also get to know each other better based on what they pick and their explanation.  Plus who doesn’t love a reason to get together with girlfriends?

How to host a favorite things party

So, how do you throw a favorite things party?

We were each asked to bring 3  of the same favorite thing.  It had to be wrapped and $10 or less.  The price point is at the discretion of the host but $10 was perfect.  Some people brought multiple little things that added up to $10.  Then, when we arrived we each wrote our name on a piece of paper 3 times and put it in a bowl.

One person started in the group and drew 3 names out of the bowl and then gifted their favorite thing to those people.  The person who gifted the item then explained why they loved it so much.  People gifted beauty products, home gadgets, accessories, home decor items, and food.  One gal makes her own vanilla (which takes a year to cure) and gifted that, how cool it that?

Now, don’t you want to host a favorite things party?  Me too!  Gather your friends, some food and your favorite things and get a date on the calendar!

And now since it’s Friday I thought I would share with you some of my favorite things under $10 in case you want a few new recommendations that don’t break the bank!

Favorite Products Under $10

Felt-tip Pens

My favorite pens in the world as the  Paper Mate Flair Pens.  Not only do they come in lots of fun colors but they write like a felt tip pen.  I haven’t met a teacher that doesn’t love them.


Who doesn’t love a simple pair of earrings?  Target has some cute ones right now for under $8.  I also love buying extra earring backs because I am always losing the backs in the carpet.  I gifted this pair and I gifted this pair as my favorite thing.

Dry Shampoo

All the praise hands for dry shampoo. I have tried several and I keep coming back to the budget-friendly Batiste brand.  I love the bare kind because there is no fragrance and it goes on light. You can find it here.

Facial Razor

Let’s face it, we all can be hairy in places we don’t want to be especially as we age.  Someone recommended theseTinkle Facial Razors and I love them.  They are perfect for sculpting your brows or taking care of a stray facial hair (don’t act like you don’t know what I am talking about).


One of my favorite devotionals of 2018 was 100 Days to Brave.  If you are wanting to be braver and step into your God-given purpose, this little book will encourage you to be brave.  It has a scripture verse and accompanying daily message written by Annie F. Downs.

Gel Top Coat

What did we do before gel manicures?  Well I know I never painted my nails because they chipped instantly.  I love this Gel Top Coat because I can apply it over any nail polish and I don’t instantly get chips.  It doesn’t last as long as a professional manicure but the price is amazing.

Stainless Steel Tumbler

I drink hot coffee!  Said no mom ever UNTIL stainless steel mugs entered the scene.  You can take it with you or just around the house and keep your coffee hot for hours.  Hooray! I like this  Stainless Steel Tumbler.

Fancy Soap

So I love little luxuries like fancier soap for dishes and hand washing.  My two favorite brands are Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Soaps & Cleaner and J R Watkins.  Mrs. Meyer’s has seasonal scents for the holiday and we are partial to Iowa Pine, it smells like a tree farm.  I love gifting hand soap and a cute dish towel to friends as hostess gifts. It’s both cute and purposeful ;).

Micro-Fiber Dish Mat

Last but not least, something purposeful!  I have a dishwasher but there are always dishes to be washed by hand.  I love my countertop micro-fiber drying mat.  I store it under the sink when I am not drying dishes!  You can find one like mine here.

A Favorite Things Party + A List of Favorite Things Under $10

So, there you have it a great list of favorites all under $10 and a fun way to gather together your friends or neighbors.  So, what are your must-have items under $10? Make sure to share in the comments!

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Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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