Creative Goodie Bags And Fun Favors
bags have come to be as much a part of birthday parties as cake and
ice cream. But these bags
have come a long way from the standard stickers and erasers.
Tired of stuffing plastic bags full of the same old useless
items, many hosts now show their party guests their appreciation with
more a creative thank you.
are some ideas, suggestions, and tips to help you with your next party
with the theme.
great way to complete the feel of a party theme is to give away items
that fit into the theme. For
example, if you are hosting a glamour party for your pre-teen, fill
goodie bags with lip gloss, hair jell, nail care products, and cool
hair clips. Other theme
Construction Party - Tools,
tool aprons, hard hats, mini toolboxes, and small trucks.
Party - Painter’s cap, paintbrushes, large drawing pad, and an
assortment of paints.
Party – Sporting magazines, Baseball/Football cards, Hockey pucks,
balls, grip tape, goggles, and stop watch.
Party – Cookie cutters, rolling pin, paper chef’s hat, and
frosting bags with tips.
Party – Seed packets, small gardening tools, and watering can.
get the idea. The point
is to tie in the end of the party (giveaway time) with the beginning!
outside the box (bag).
because they’re called goodie bags, doesn’t mean that you actually
have to use a plastic sack. Not
only can using something other than a bag add to the theme concept, it
actually becomes part of the favor.
a small bucket and fill it with plastic shovel, rake, and other sand
away cooking supplies? Place them in a bowl.
paint bucket make great containers for those brushes and paint stamps.
bags are perfect for holding ball, tees, grip tape and other sports
· Baskets work nicely for displaying ribbons, thread, sewing needles, and fabric swatches that will be part of your Sewing Party favors.
a train whistle, toy train, and train books in the middle of a
bandana, gather the corners to the center and tie off for a hobo sack
full of goodies.
and Take favors.
is the perfect solution to both party activities AND favors.
Finding projects that your guests can make while at the party
and then take with them solves two problems at once.
Plus, everyone is happy since the get to keep something that
they like because they made it! Here
again, you can go with the theme of the day or simply find projects
that are compatible with your guests’ age and abilities, and appeal
to your guests’ interests. Here are some examples:
– Give everyone a blank pillowcase to decorate using fabric markers.
Have everyone sign each other’s case and you have a wonderful
reminder of a fun party for everyone.
– Provide all the little darlings with their own wooden dowels to
decorate so that everyone ends up with a magic wand of their own.
Provide glitter, ribbons, markers, and plenty of glue to keep
– Each child receives a small box or bag of building blocks (i.e.
Lego, Duplos, Mega Blocks, etc.) and participates in timed sessions to
see who can build the most creative, craziest, ugliest, most colorful,
etc. creation. Everyone
keeps all their blocks for future building.
- Make cowboy vests from paper bags or pillowcases.
the guests decorate their vests with markers, stamps and stencils or
fabric markers. Each
cowboy will head back to the ranch in style.
them already made.
If are lacking creative or physical energy,
consider buying pre-fabricated project kits or goodie bags. This can be a much easier approach to compiling favor
ingredients than trying to piece things together your self. Letting someone else handle the details of your goodie bags
can save you lots of time and even money!
favors can come in strange forms and still be a big hit.
Check out some of these cool ideas:
· Hand out gift certificates in your thank you notes. Again, if you’re staying with a theme, then distribute certificates for free bowling at your Bowling Party, skate park coupons at your Skateboard Party, discount coupons to a toy store for your Train Party, or tickets to the zoo for your Barnyard Party. Many retailers will offer you good deals if you buy in bulk. Other certificates and coupons can also be a hit: fast food restaurant coupons, mall gift certificates, sports tickets, or ice cream shop coupons.
your guests’ ages and genders.
go overboard. A small
token of appreciation is appropriate.
it simple - instead of giving many small items, give each guest one
an extra or two. Sometimes
you end up with extra guests (the ones that said they couldn’t come
are suddenly at your doorstep, a younger sibling simply can’t bear
to be left out and is asked to stay, etc.).
You’ll want to be prepared with spare favors.
parents a heads-up about the party favors, especially if you’re
including items that can be potentially dangerous (pointy or sharp),
messy (paint, make-up, or bubbles), or controversial (some parents
would not care for play guns or lots of sugar-laden treats).
you’re giving away favors at a holiday party, keep in mind that not
everyone has the same beliefs. Provide
alternatives to specific holiday related favors or opt for generic
a Polaroid of each guest as they participate in an activity or even
with the Birthday child. These
pictures make wonderful reminders of fun times and are a cute addition
to thank you cards.
to acknowledge those who may not have attended your party but sent
all favors the same color, size of type to avoid arguments.
favors is a nice way to make each individual guest feel special and
helps everyone keep track of their favor.
out favors when kids are ready to leave or you’ll run the risk of
lost, mixed up or broken favors before they even make it to the home
of the recipient.
handing out favors is more popular at parties with younger guests,
even older party guests feel special when acknowledged with a thank
you gift. For plenty more
party favor ideas and much more, visit the Tampa Bay Kids Net Birthday
Resources for your Party needs:
Choose from pre-assembled bags or get
creative by building your own!
Oriental Trading Company
Get great prices on children’s party
favors, decorations, lighting and more!
Birthday Express Party Store
Find everything you need to host a fantastic
You can also find links to these resources
on the Birthday
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