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We went to a party that instead of bring a gift for the birthday kid you brought a ~$5 wrapped gift for a gift exchange. It was pool party so we were asked to bring pool themed gifts. It was a great way to do a "no gift" party and it took care of the favors.
I loved it and am going to steal the idea for our next birthday party. My girls don't need a bunch more toys and the kids all loved unwrapping a gift.
Well, the biggest hit as far as longevity of enjoyment has to be the pool noodle lightsabers birthday boy's mom, grandma, dad and aunt spent all night making- heh. They get used so much that we're going to have to hit up Dollar Tree on Monday to pick up a few more noodles.
Pretty sugar cookies/decorated brownies always are a quick hit.
Books are nice- we always appreciate a book a friend loves.
We make cds which are full of kid songs and other fun songs. They are always big hits.
We have liked being sent home with a juice box, box of raisins, and small bag of crackers/goldfish.
Stickers and tattoos are always big hits too.
KKDRAGONFLY:We did books. Parents really appreciated not going home with a bunch of dollar store junk.
LOL Thanks guys! I'm definitely not doing hard core DIY projects... but didn't want to do the dollar store junk either. I love the no gift $5 gift exchange, how fun! I wanted to do no gifts for their party but this is their first bday party ever and they have been to so many this year & brought gifts for the kids, I just felt like I would break their hearts & they wouldn't understand (not to mention making the other parents feel awkward b/c we have given gifts to all their kids in the last 6 months)...thinking maybe at age 5 we can have a talk about it and do something alternative.
That is very sad about the books and cups/plates! :(
We went to a party recently and they got several glowing/lightup toys and they are a huge hit which is what made me think that I should consider something different/fun. We are having a pinata so my plan was they'd get the candy & trinkets from inside that but I'd love one additional extra thing that isn't too pricey...this bday party thing is complicated. ha.
We went to a pink party for a 4 year old girl and her mom had them go on a scavenger hunt for several things: bead necklaces, tutus, and bubbles (I think I'm forgetting a thing or two). They also made their own wands and crown.
Last year for DD1's Elmo birthday, I did very well at the dollar section at Target. I got reusable Sesame Street bags, plates, board books, coloring books, and stickers.
This year, DD1 is having a Care Bear birthday party and I'm doing Care Bear DVDs. We'll see how those go over.
I loath favors. LOATH THEM.
But the only one I liked, was a "fill your bag with goodies" table. The kids got to fill a paper bag with various dried treats (granola, raisins, some candies, gum, etc).
To me, the kids didnt go home feeling like they got a present on someone else's birthday. I have actually heard children AND parents kvetch about lame favors before (not in the, I hate getting dollar store schtuff, but in the the "can you believe how cheap the mom was" way)
The best favors we have gotten are no favors.
However- Coloring books and crayons, fun cups, or bubbles are all acceptable too.
cmeon_the_water:Well, the biggest hit as far as longevity of enjoyment has to be the pool noodle lightsabers birthday boy's mom, grandma, dad and aunt spent all night making heh. They get used so much that we're going to have to hit up Dollar Tree on Monday to pick up a few more noodles. Pretty sugar cookies/decorated brownies always are a quick hit.nbsp;Books are nice we always appreciate a book a friend loves.
I hate useless crap too and I especially hate throwing it out.
Having said that, we tried to pick "better" things out this year. My DS is a total book worm/nerd. We handed out small pencil boxes with a Dr. Seuss multi-colored pen, a bookmark, a fruit strip, a mechanical pencil, and some Lorax stickers. It was a hit with DS but as for the other kids....not sure....but can't parents always use a new pen, LOL?
To me, party favors are one of those necessary evils. Most of the stuff is junk, but it's such an easy tool for getting kids to leave when it's time to go.
This year, ds is having a Lorax themed party, so I'm doing a small flower pot decorated with Lorax stickers with a little potting soil in it (in a baggie), and a packet of seeds (and a few things of candy and a small box of dr. suess crayons).
I'm hoping people like them, but who knows!
I like the idea of a craft or something they made at the party being the favor. a picture frame magnet, a nature collage. something like that.
We went to a Lego party that gave out those little mystery Lego minifigure packets. My boys loved those.
I love when they get books. At a Doctor Suess party, DS1 got a Cat in the Hat Learning Library book.
Colouring books are fun too.
We pretty much like whenever it's something decent quality, like a single Matchbox car instead of a dollar store junky car in a bag full of other plastic junk.
Glow sticks are always a huge hit, and I like that they're a one-time use thing (no clutter) that isn't junk food.