This was actually the fifth one I’ve attended and they’ve all been slightly different, but the basic concept is the same. (In fact, the first one I went to was what sparked the $5 gift guides)
Every one choses a favorite thing (that’s $5 or less) and brings five of them to the party.
Then everyone puts their name in a bowl five times.
At some parties (like the one I just went to last week), everyone puts their favorite item on a table and at others, everyone keeps theirs hidden until it’s time to pass them out. Personally, I prefer seeing them all set out – it’s fun to see them all together.
You go around the room and each person tells what they brought and an explanation if needed. Then they draw five names from the bowl (re-drawing if they pull their own names or two of the same name) and those five people get the item you brought. Ta-da! Super easy.
It’s always fun to see what other people brought and it’s especially fun to take a few things home.
To this most recent party, I took tall sparkler birthday candles (I bought some for Ella’s birthday last year and they were just so festive). Some of the popular items at this party were pretty notebooks, hair glaze treatment, cookie butter, dry shampoo, Burt’s Bees tinted chapstick, kitchen shears, and Febreeze.
One of my friends in Texas does this party every year around the holidays and everyone brings their favorite cookies along with their gift and you go home with a huge assortment of other cookies.
At the other ones I’ve attended, the hostess just does a spread of her favorite foods (the one last week was seriously impressive with multiple candies, tiny Greek salad cups, soup shots, two drinks, pear and blue cheese crostini, and chocolate cake with raspberry sauce. I shouldn’t have eaten dinner beforehand).
Also, at this most recent one, the hostess had us all write our favorite color, a recent favorite read, our favorite place to travel, and our favorite way to relax on a piece of paper and then she read each one off and everyone tried to guess who it was.
I’m usually super not into getting-to-know-you type things (bleck!), but this was surprisingly delightful and low-key. Also, Jessica was phenomenal at asking fun follow-up questions and we had a lot of fun conversations about each person’s answers.
Anyway, there you have it.
And now I need to throw one myself because hosting parties is one of my favorite things.