Invite: I designed the invite on PhotoShop using an image of Julie Andrews I found on Google. I asked each guest to try to wear white with blue ribbons to match the lyrics of the song. For the gift exchange, each guest was asked to purchase 3 of their favorite item. I set a low price limit so it didn't get too crazy.
Entry Decor: For my entry door, I made a giant door covering and attempted to make it look like the mountains/poppy fields from The Sound of Music. I cut up tissue paper and construction paper for all parts of it. My kiddos were excited to help make the cotton ball clouds.
I had a hard time deciding what to do for a place card, but I finally decided on taking the movie poster and replacing Julie Andrews' face with each of my guest's. As I am not an expert at Photoshop, so some of them were pretty funny with the facial color vs. neck color. It made for some good laughs.
To hold the silverware, I made blue mittens out of felt and yarn. Easy to make and great for a winter party.
I designed simple wine labels to go with the theme..."one" of my favorite things and "another one" of my favorite things! The sheet music of "My Favorite Things" and the glasses were images I found online.
For wine charms, I pulled out the various items mentioned in the song, and found images of each online. Not super creative, but the best I could do in my last minute efforts.
Menu: The song only mentions two specific food items, but I wanted to include a green salad with the dinner. I kept looking at the lyrics to see what I could adapt to go in a green salad, and I came up with snowflakes cut out of cheese. I bought a mini snowflake cookie cutter at a local cake shop and sliced Monterrey Jack cheese thin enough to use. The salad also had tomatoes, cucumber, croutons, and walnuts.
here. I chose this recipe because it looked easy and because it didn't have raisins. Many of the strudel recipes I found had raisins, and I am not a big fan of cooked raisins, so I avoided those. That may make it not "authentic Austrian", but to me it made it "edible"!
Party Activity: The super fun aspect of this monthly dinner was the My Favorite Things gift exchange. On the invitation, I asked guests to purchase 3 of their favorite item to bring to the party. For example, one of my favorite movies is Pride and Prejudice and I am a popcorn and Gobstopper junkie, so I put together 3 of these packages. We put all the guest's names in a pot and each guest drew three names, talked about their favorite thing, and then gave the 3 guests whatever it was. Some of the items people brought were Starbucks cards, the ingredients to make a Moscow Mule drink, comfy socks, a favorite necklace, etc.
To take their goodies home in, I made these favors bags with another verse from the song.
We had a lot of fun at this party, and I am excited to enjoy/try out the goodies I got in the gift exchange.