Revisiting last year’s My Favorite Things Party, and sharing Tiffany theme party favors perfect for a birthday or bridal shower.
I recently realized, that I haven’t done a single post on the third party. Brunch at Debbie’s was based on the move, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and was simply mahvelous!
It was about a year ago — before I started blogging — that Susan featured the event on Between Naps on the Porch. The post, A Fabulous “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Brunch Event (and her reader’s positive response), is what led me to start Debbee’s Buzz last fall.
I’ve decided to mix up blog posts on all four My Favorite Things Parties, so no one tires on any one theme. I promise to return to more of the Alice in Wonderland, Unbirthday Party Reveal next week, with How to Make Whimsical Teacup Fascinators.
So dahlings, let me show you around the Debbie & Co. boutique.
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Little & Not-so-Little Black Dresses with Shades
Brunch at Debbee’s was the first, and only, My Favorite Things Parties (MFTP) to have a dress code.
In the invitations, I asked ladies to come in the spirit of Holly Golightly, wearing a black dress or ensemble, and decked out in pearls and jewels.
As the hostess, I went all in! I added a bun on top of my head, a tiara, and wore my mother’s rhinestone jewelry from the 1950’s.
In the picture below, I’m wearing my prescription sunglasses — the better to see you with my dear!
After “welcome dahhhhling“, guests received a pair of sunglasses. Each was embellished with a little Tiffany blue silk flower and pearl.
It was a last minute “eureka” moment, when I decided to hot glue those little flowers onto the Dollar Tree sunglasses. The flowers were actually leftovers from other Tiffany theme party favors.
My friends adored the sunglasses! Seriously, cheapo $1 sunglasses! I purchased six or so different styles to compliment all face shapes and sizes. The sunglasses were displayed on a silver tray for the ladies to choose from.
It was a beautiful, sunny day on the porch and the Tiffany theme sunglasses were happily worn (inside and outside) by all.
Easy, inexpensive Tiffany theme party favors!. And, I know many of the sunglasses were worn all summer long. My sister loved hers so much, I had to mail the pair she forgot to her in Charleston, S.C.
Pearls: Essential Tiffany Theme Party Favors
Next, the ladies were each presented with a long string of faux pearls. The pearls were also the key element of an interactive game. So that they would easily drape over the head, the pearls needed to be in long strands.
Holly Golightly Champagne Glasses
What is a Breakfast at Tiffany’s brunch without a Mimosa bar?! (See another Mimosa bar in Love is Sweet Bridal Shower). And, you have to have champagne flutes to drink with right? No plastic for those!
After hand-painting the peacock feather goblets for the previous year’s MFTP, I decided to really challenge myself by painting Holly images onto narrow champagne flutes. Learn how in DIY Hand Painted Glasses & Champagne Flutes.They were the ta-da Tiffany theme party favor. What do you think, can you see Holly in the silhouette?
Each Holly had little faux diamonds incorporated into the tiara, earrings and necklace. The stems were painted Tiffany blue in one of two styles — the entire stem, or just the bottom from underneath. It helped to keep them apart, although no two were exactly alike. The blue is called, Pool, by Martha Stewart. It’s a multi-purpose, satin paint (Michael’s).
Painting the facial features, especially the eyes, were the hardest part. I used a special black paint pen, especially for use on glass, to outline the Holly figure.
Personalized Shopping Bags
The personalized shopping bags were from Walmart, along with the paper plates and napkins, coffee cups, table coverings, placemats, balloons, wrapping paper, and plastic flatware. All were very reasonably priced and everything matched.
The color was close enough to Tiffany blue, which is actually a copyrighted shade. Some things you find are bluer, others greener than the real thing. Walmart’s products are bluer. Most everyone’s version of Tiffany blue is not as green as the real thing. I know, because I have a authentic Tiffany bag and box, a hostess gift from to a generous friend.
Each bag was personalized with guest’s name using transparent printer labels. I did the same thing with the coffee cups.
However, I don’t suggest you try this on your printer. I nearly “killed” mine, when several of the labels peeled off deep inside the printer and jammed it all up!. The labels were expensive to begin with, and even more costly when you consider it required technical assistance to fix the printer.The bags were displayed up my front stairs and across the grand piano, in alphabetic order. Although, the pearls and sunglasses were not draped on the bags for the actual party — the ladies were wearing those! They didn’t pick up the bags until it was time to go “shopping” at Debbie & Co, after we ate brunch (and numerous champagne refills…!).
Shopping at Debbie & Co.
When it was time to go shopping for Tiffany theme party favors at Debbie & Co., I teased that although they wouldn’t find any real diamonds or jewels there, everything was free!
The girls each located their personalized gift bag, and filled it with Tiffany theme party favors.
Finding Fabulous Favors Doesn’t Have to be Costly
I hadn’t originally intended to have so many different Tiffany theme party favors, but I kept finding more stuff in the right bluish shades. Many of the items were from Dollar Tree. How about that?! A Tiffany theme store full of $1 items! But, the girls seemed to really like all their loot.
To create the “storefront”, I emptied two of my black and white hat boxes and propped them open using padded hangers. They were from either TJ Maxx or Marshalls.
I have a lot of black and white décor around my house (and peacocks too — see the pillow?).
Classic Cracker Jacks
Each lovely lady came away with five Tiffany theme party favors from the Debbie & Co. shop. That included a box of old fashioned Cracker Jack’s. I looked all over for them, when my friend M found them… at Dollar Tree! I never thought to look there. Three for a $1! So, all the Tiffany theme party favors in the boutique ended up coming from Dollar Tree.
Even a lot of the game and MFTP prizes came from there, but that’s for another post.
For Bubble Baths
I loved the blue bath poufs. People must have thought I was crazy rooting through the bin at Dollar Tree for the blue ones! It took me multiple trips to multiple stores, in order to find enough of each favor type I wanted.
That included these fun white bunny tail topped pens. I always give pens and paper for the games and to keep track of favorite things during the gift exchange.
When Dahling Has Had Too Much Champagne
Don’t you love the saying in the sign above? Now that I’ve had the big-0 birthday, I really hope it’s true! The beauty mask she’s wearing inspired the next Tiffany theme party favors.
Blue gel-filled masks go into the freezer or refrigerator to reduce puffy eyes. Of course, wearing dark sunglasses also helps LOL!The masks, like these little pads of blue paper (five for $1) were another Dollar Tree find. I’m repeating myself…
You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Bag
Later, after the games, favorite things gift exchange (where each guest receives three items), and prizes were awarded, the ladies had a lot of Tiffany theme party favors and swag to carry home. So, every year, I distribute large, reusable shopping bags to transport all their stuff.I was especially happy with the Tiffany theme party favors bag. Doesn’t the photo remind you of Holly in the movie? I found the bags at Burlington for just $.99 each. The bags are displayed by hanging them from a wrought-iron, tabletop wreath hanger.
My sister B carried hers through several airports on her way home, where a couple of people complimented her on her chic bag LOL!
Final Parting Gift
Another tradition I created for my MFTP’s, is to have one final “thanks for coming” gift as guests are saying goodbye at the front door.
Nail polish was last year’s parting favor.And, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, the Wet & Wild brand polish was also from Dollar Tree!
I plan to include a number of posts on the Breakfast at Tiffany’s inspired MFTP, including the photo booth and games, decorations, tables and gift exchange. Check out Breakfast at Tiffany’s Theme Brunch for the champagne bar and menu.
In the meantime, see more Brunch at Debbie’s pictures at How to Host an Extraordinary My Favorite Things Party (Part I).
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Debbee, you are filled with great ideas! I’m pinning this for sure!
I’m glad you think so Stacey! I pick the theme 9-12 months in advance which give me lots of time to explore Pinterest, shop, plan and make stuff. The entire process is part of the fun for me.
I had a wonderful time ! Thank You ?
It’s always so much fun when we get together. Let’s do it again soon! Maybe we can meet somewhere in the middle?
Love your clever ideas!!!
Hi Mary Lou, nice to hear from you. Many ideas come from Pinterest and just keeping an eye open for deals and steals!
I don’t know how you can always find just the right things regardless of your theme. Do doubt you already know what you are doing next year. It does help when you have a year especially for the seasonal items you can incorporate into your theme. So glad you started your blog.
I’m so glad I started the blog too! It’s been a great creative outlet for me, plus learning to be my own website developer. The best part is meeting and connecting with so many nice people like you!
We are all so envious of your friends who get to partake in these adventures !
That’s very nice of you to say, Myrna. Maybe you can host a Fav Things or theme party for your friends?
This all had to be just TOO MUCH fun!!! I think guests really appreciate any kind of favors that go with the theme, and you really went all out to provide!!! Dollar Tree has an amazing array of items that can be used as favors! It really pays to look all over for inspiration and for items that work with your theme, like the bags you picked up. I’m always on the hunt, and it is more than obvious you are, too! You and the girls all looked so snazzy in your black dresses and pearls! You and this PAINTING!!! Girl, how do you do it??? I’m really super impressed with your artwork! To paint the likeness of Holly Golightly is no small feat!!! Great idea to add a bit of Tiffany blue color to the bottom, too! I am so glad we have “met.” I really enjoy your creativity and willingness to go for broke when it comes to playing out a theme! Have a great week ahead!
Alycia, we are kindred Queen of Theme spirits! I also get a lot of craft and party supplies at Dollar Tree. Good value and variety. I was really pleased how the Holly glasses turned out, but will never pain on so small a glass again. The ice tea goblets with Alice in Wonderland characters are MUCH bigger and easier to work with. I’ll always appreciate you, Liz and Linda reaching out to me to let me know the comment function was not working on Debbee’s Buzz — and your assistance in testing it until it got fixed! Hugs.
Very fun!, great job painting the glasses, at first look I thought you had used vinyl from a cricut or silhouette! Nothing more fun than a good theme party!
Wow Ann, that’s a generous complement about the vinyl cutout! Can you do that with Cricut? If so, I may have to start rethinking paining stemware….LOL! I recently painted 18 Alice, Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter and White Rabbit goblets for
Oh My Gosh! This is probably the most fun theme party idea I have seen lately! You left no stone unturned and treated your guest royally! Love all the little touches especially the stemware. So glad you shared this with us at Merry Monday! Pinned it and scheduled to my FB page for this Sunday!
I’m so glad you enjoyed “attending” the party Shirley. There will be more posts on the food, decorations, etc. to come.
What a fabulous party, Debbee! Your attention to detail is amazing. No doubt your friends had a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Party. Pinning.
Beverly, I know you like to hold your own theme parties, so I’m delighted you liked the Tiffany party.
I do love themed parties and yours is so fun! I’ll be featuring it at today’s Snickerdoodle Party. Hope to see you there, Debbee!
I love Snickerdoodle, and so excited to be featured! Hope we’ll get to meet someday in Charleston.
You outdid yourself with this one! I did see it on BNOTP when Susan posted it, but thanks for the in-depth look! Love your blog!!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next! I have just been asked to help with decorations and favors for a lady’s organization in my state. Will be looking for things and ideas ahead of time, per your advice! Need hundreds!
Rennie, I’m delighted to have you as a member of the hive! Wow, that sounds like a really big project, what is the theme? In my previous life as a marketer, I arranged some pretty big events, but I had a corporate budget to work with. The proms, school events, and fund raisers were more fun and rewarding though. Good luck with it and enjoy!
I am such a huge theme person, but girl; you’ve got me beat! Fun, fun!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
Not sure I have you beat Jann, I love your craft parties! We can share the Queen of Theme and Queen Bee titles if you’d like?
Your clever and affordable ideas really spark the creative spirit in your readers! I can’t wait to try some of them when I host my next doll club meeting. The members all know I’m obsessed with Alice, so You’ve given me a big head start. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see what’s coming next. PS: Love your glass painting. What a talent.
Hi Peggy, so nice to hear from you! What is a “doll club” and how frequently do you get together? If you host a Tiffany or Alice theme party please let me know about it at Contact. I’m glad you liked the glasses. Even if you didn’t want to paint Holly, it’s easy to just paint the bottoms or stems in a Tiffany shade. I have more to share on both theme parties, but lots and lots on Alice to come, included a how-to on the 4 character painted glasses.
Wow, I wish I could have been there — it looks like it was so much fun! You really hit a home run with all the goodies — I love Dollar Tree as well. Such creativity! Thanks for sharing. xo Kathleen
Probably my favorite party theme ever! You should host one sometime as a birthday party, shower, or girlfriend get together Kathleen. Might be just the thing after we get on the other side of this virus?
Love the photos and looks like a great time was had by all. I am planning a bridal shower for my daughter with this theme and was wondering where you got the black photo booth frame.
Hi Judith, it’s a wonderful theme for a shower! The frame was purchased a number of years ago from Michaels and spray painted black. Since then, I painted it metallic gold for the Alice in Wonderland, Unbirthday Party where I also did photos of guests in fascinators.