The blog Inchmark is one of my favorite Internet stomping grounds. Writer/book designer/former magazine art director/mother (that last one should probably go first, huh?) Brooke Reynolds always has a good idea up her sleeve.
Her most recent post is about a "favorite things" party her friends hold twice a year.
Basically, each person brings their favorite thing to the gathering. The favorite thing can't cost more than $6 and everyone brings five them (so five tubes of your favorite lip gloss or five of your favorite kitchen gadget, etc.).
You can read the details of how it works on Brooke's site, but by the end of the night, everyone walks away with five different gifts from their friends.
It sounds like Brooke's party is for adults, but as recent graduates everywhere head off to college or out into the world, I thought this favorite things idea might be a nice send off for a group of teenage friends.
We can probably all remember that mixture of fear and excitement we felt the summer after high school graduation. Even small tokens that remind teens of their pals--whether it's lipgloss, a pen or a mixed CD of favorite songs--could be comforting in the months ahead.