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!
If you follow Debbee’s Buzz, you know I have a peacock passion that even extends to Decorating for Christmas with a Peacock Theme. So, it was easy to come up with the second party’s theme.
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!
With that encouragement, I’ve now created a party theme glass for every party since. What until you see the ones for the upcoming Alice in Wonderland Party Reveal.
To learn how to paint your own designs, see DIY Hand Painted Glasses or Hand Painted, Wedding Champagne Flutes.
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.
Please excuse me if I fall down the rabbit hole for a week or so. I promise to bee back with lots of party details revealed, including the menu, tablescapes, games, favors, fascinators, and more!
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Deb , what can I say … you always seem to amaze me, I am sorry I was not able to attend that party
We missed you oh crafty friend! Have I convinced you to share more of your projects on Pinterest, or my blog?
What imaginative ideas! Every detail is perfection. You did a wonderful job painting those goblets–I can’t draw stick figures! I loved the theme name of this party, too. You’re friends must feel cherished with all the effort you always put forth to make your parties such stand-out ones.
Thanks Bobbi, I’m a little bummed I don’t have one myself. One of these days I’ll have to paint a pair. I’m very blessed to have friends that are like family to me, and family who are also dear friends.
Peacock colors are so pretty! It’s my favorite display in the Cracker Barrel store. Your party looked beautiful! And your handpainted glasses are gorgeous.
Thanks so much Audra! I see you create many wonderful projects with recycled materials. Maybe you could create your own peacock feather glassware on an old vase or set of glasses?
Hush. UP!!!!! Are you KIDDING me?!?!!? Debbee!!!!! What a hit!!! It’s wild that you actually painted those glasses yourself!!!! Those are spectacular!!! You could do your OWN Etsy shop with that kind of talent!!! And those favor boxes are so cute! We really get ourselves in deep when we plan these parties, don’t we? But it’s obvious your guests were BEYOND delighted by your many efforts! How could they NOT be??!?! If you and I ever meet, we are going to be DANGEROUS together!!!
I’m so pleased by everyone’s response to the glasses — I was so nervous they would look tacky! Playing with the idea of an Etsy shop for wreaths and maybe invitations, but most of the other stuff I make is just too time-intensive. Couldn’t possibly charge what people would be willing to pay to make even minimum wage for my time. Most of what I create for the parties are a labor of love for my friends.
I totally get that!!!
Are you familiar with Victorian Trading Company? They have great peacock stuff at reasonable prices. Just a thought.
I forgot all about VTC, thanks for the reminder and tip! I saw a wrap there today I love.
Debbee, I am a lagging in catching up with all my blog friends this week because I’ve spent so much time working in my garden, and a couple of life happenings I won’t bore you with. However, I definitely wanted to let you know how much I loved all the detail in these peacock favors. I love them all, and would have been thrilled to have been a guest and received any of those. Your friends were/are very fortunate ! Great creativity and shopping savvy!
Rita, I always very much appreciate your comments and hearing from you. If you ever travel up to the Burgh we will have to get together! The peacock theme was the 2nd annual My Favorite Things Party. This weekend is the 4th, with a Wonderland, vintage (iced) tea party. Wait until you see the 4 styles of character glasses I created — they’re mad!
wow, Debbee, you went above and beyond. Love the Peacock theme. I have done several peacock dinner parties. Your guests must have been wowed by all of this. Your attention to details is amazing! Love the glass you painted and those sweet little favor boxes.
Thank so much Linda. Ohhhh peacock dinner parties? Have you posted about them, would love to see! Here’s mine, Pleasing Peacock Tablescape
What a fun theme! You girls sure know how to strut your stuff! 🙂 Thanks for sharing with SYC.
It was a fun theme, made more fun by the peacocktails we drank out of the feather painted goblets LOL!
And I thought flamingoes were one of my favorite birds (next to swans). Peacocks have to be 3rd! Love seeing all the effort that goes into your parties; absolutely gorgeous.
I love all three too! When we were at Stratford-upon-the-Avon, swans were everywhere. My favorite pub there was nicknamed “The Dirty Duck” (it’s real name since like the 1600’s is “The Black Swan”) LOL!
Hi Debbie, can you share the details or instructions to make the peacock keepsake box? Thx for sharing. It looked like you guys had a fab fun time. Adios, glad
Unfortunately Glad, there’s not much more I can share other than is already detailed in the post. I didn’t take pictures to create a tutorial because I wasn’t blogging back then. Basically, it’s just cutting and glueing a bunch of pieces together. As I mentioned, the body of the peacock is a Curvy Box dye — which I borrowed from a friend. The feathers and head pieces are from other dyes. It was tedious and time-intensive — a labor of love for friends.
Thanks for responding. Yes, I see it was done with three curvy keepsakes box, feather dies, and a few punches for the face & body. I did not recognize the feet. No worries, I know it was more than a year ago. Thx anyway. Take care Adios glad