I thought you might enjoy seeing peacock party favors, gifts and prizes from the second annual, My Favorite Things Party.
The theme of the party was Birds of a Feather, Gather Together.
Pretty Peacock Invitation for My Favorite Things Party is the only post I’ve had time to put together on the event so far. Although I did share Exotic Peacock Tablescape Graces Formal Dining Room, which included some theme decor and tableware for entertaining. Eventually, I also plan to feature the menu, decorations, games and activities, and gift exchange. Catch-up posting as fast as I can!
I had a great time shopping for prizes and gifts, and crafting peacock party favors.
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Favors for My Favorite Chicks
I had seen gorgeous peacock feather glasses on Pinterest and in Etsy shops, for champagne toasts at peacock theme weddings. But, they’d be price prohibitive as peacock party favors for my 14 or so guests.
Raising a Peacock Glass
For the second My Favorite Things Party, I decided to learn how to paint feathers onto glasses myself. They were the main peacock party favor.
I did some research online, purchased special paint (Michael’s), and started with six large wine goblets (Dollar Tree). The goblets are inexpensive and heavy-duty glass. Because they are large, there’s a fair amount of work space or “canvas” to work with. That makes the glasses easier to handle while painting.
I found Lucy Design’s tutorial, DIY Hand Painted Wine Glasses with Peacock Feather Design, to be very helpful and easy to follow. In order to be top-rack dishwasher safe, directions call to bake the painted glasses at a low temperature. A second option is to let them cure (air-dry) for three weeks. I opted for the cure option, afraid what might happen to all my work in an oven.
For convenience, I provided a drying rack next to the sink to rinse the peacock goblets, with clear plastic sleeves to take them home. Whether they are actually dishwasher safe I can’t tell you. Somehow my glass disappeared that night!
I had worried the peacock party favors would look really cheap, and that no one would want to actually take them home. But everyone seemed to really like them. The best compliment was the number of ladies who had assumed I had bought them!
Peacock Boxes for Gift Exchange
These peacock-shaped “boxes” were very time-intensive to make. Dumb me decided I wanted eight paper feathers with a little jewel on each one! The feathers took forever to cut out, glue together and embellish. Add that to all the detailing and construction with tiny elements, and they were not one of my favorite craft projects.
But the results, well I love how the peacock party favors turned out! What do you think? Aren’t they adorable?
The peacock bodies are actually Stampin Up! Curvy Boxes. My crafty friend, M, lent me the die template and her Big Shot machine. She even created the first prototype for me.
M is very creative, and very modest. I’m constantly after her to take pictures of her projects to share on Pinterest. You should see all the creatures and characters M has made for her family.
Inside each peacock box were three numbers and one paper feather. The numbers were for each round of the gift exchange (like a lottery). I created a sheet with numbers 1-16 on the computer, and printed them on three different color sheets of paper.
Party guests checking out their lottery numbers for the selection of gifts.
The feathers were also cut from three different color sheets. Depending on the color of the enclosed feather, a guest could either claim a gift from the pile, steal from another guest, or defend against the steal.
Gift Bag to Take Home Loot
After the favorite things gift exchange, I always distribute a theme appropriate bag to take home party favors, prizes and gifts. These lovely peacock print bags were found at TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores.
For fun, I also gave each guest a peacock-blue, velvet hanger along with the gift bag.
Peacock Party Favors & Prizes
During a My Favorite Things Party, I love to give out prizes that incorporate the event’s theme. For the Birds of a Feather, Gather Together evening, peacock party favors and prizes were displayed on the dining room table.
Vote for Favorites
All the white bird plates and baskets in the picture are for guests to place their vote for winners. Categories include favorite overall thing/gift, package, and fashion. Others are bang for the buck (getting the most within the dollar limit), and most creative.Every party, I give guests a theme pen and pad of paper that are often used during games, and to take notes on favorite things from the gift exchange. In the picture above, are gel pens (Dollar Tree) in a peacock “basket” I found one Christmas (Pier 1).
Each guest also received a beautiful peacock folder (Tuesday Morning) —I bought an entire set for myself!. Inside were game sheets and voting tickets, clipped to the folder with a teal-color clothespin.
Peacock Theme Prizes
Not only did I use these pretty peacock paper plates and napkins (Tuesday Morning) for serving appetizers, dinner and dessert, but I gave them as prizes too.
They are made by Michel Design Works. The pattern is discontinued, but Michel has a new peacock series on their website. I I love them!
Strut Your StuffThis gorgeous peacock feather clip was the prize for favorite fashion, or the best-dressed guest.
I purchased several of the feather pins on Christmas clearance (part of a peacock decorated tree) at Macy’s.
I actually wore one in my hair for the party! You might have noticed it in the picture of me giving out peacock bags?
Once I choose the annual party theme, I search for months, keeping my eyes open for party favors, prizes and gifts. The hunt is so much fun!
It was no contest for favorite fashion at the party. D won hands down, wearing a fabulous, vintage peacock kimono that belonged to her mother. A stunning garment!
I should note that guests were asked to “strut their stuff” in their “favorite frock.” But, guests really embraced the evening’s theme, with many dressed in peacock jewel tones.
Peacock Ornaments Awarded for Favorites
Earlier that year, during the holidays, I purchased a number of other ornaments as peacock party favors and prizes.
Quite a number of these Peacock Ornaments Decorate Christmas Tree. They all were purchased at Macy’s.
Peacock Ornaments Decorate Chandelier at Christmas and also for the party in both the dining room and kitchen.
Best Bang for the Buck
G won for “best bang for the buck” during gift in the exchange, with her wraps in three different peacock shades.
That’s her picture above left sporting one of the wraps she bought for herself (Charming Charlie), taking advantage of a special sale.
Two years ago, the dollar limit was $8 per gift; bringing three identical items to the exchange.
Her prize was a beautifully boxed French soap. The wraps were a popular “claim” and “steal” item during the favorite things gift exchange.
Thanks for Visiting My Nest
Another “tradition” I have for each My Favorite Things Party, is to have a final “thanks for coming” gift. Guests pick up the gift as they say goodbye at the front door.After going to several Tuesday Morning stores, I was able to find 14 more peacock cocktail napkin packages. I’m glad I did, because I was surprised just how excited the ladies were to receive theme! Winners of the matching plates and large napkins were especially pleased to have them. Such a gorgeous pattern. I grabbed a few more packages for entertaining just a few weeks ago at my local store.
Bee sure to check out, How to Host an Extraordinary My Favorite Things Party (Part I), for more about the peacock, bee and Breakfast at Tiffany’s affairs, and how to hold your own.
Back to Wonderland
Well, I’m nearing the final countdown for the Alice in Wonderland, Unbirthday Party. I’m hoping to still publish another one or two posts next week, but best laid plans… I also have several July 4th posts to share, including a patriotic tablescape and Uncle Sam wreath.
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