I mean seriously, when and how the jolly rodger did it become a thing that every child who attends a party has to go home with a bag full of tat and sugar? It's the one thing about childrens' parties that I just can't understand! Sure, you take a gift for the birthday child and hopefully win one or two prizes yourself - but expecting a gift to take home too - WHO INVENTED THAT AND WHEN WILL SOMEONE LEND ME A TIME MACHINE SO I CAN GO BACK AND UNINVENT THEM!
So, you know my thoughts on the matter, but I know, it's the socially acceptable thing (WHYYYY?) and you want to attempt it in some way without breaking the bank - so here's a few ideas that work independently or can be combined to create the party bag of dreams.
- Give them a slice of cake to take home - and put it in a bag. Bingo.
- Set up some simple Arts and Crafts for them to do on arrival (decorate a cardboard tiara/pirate hat etc), put it in a bag with their name on and they take it home at the end! You could pad out the bag with the aforementioned cake and Bob's your Uncle - party bag.
- Collect jars over the months before the party, decorate with a ribbon (or let them decorate with stickers) and fill them with big sweets like Marshmallows and flying saucers - they'll look impressive but if you buy the sweets in bulk at the local pound shop you're onto a moneysaving winner!
- Give them a book. This isn't a money saver - but it's something they can keep and make good use of - put it in a bag with a packet of sweets/piece of cake and you're done.
- If you decide to give in and go for a bag of bits and pieces I suggest: Bubbles, a packet of sweets (that are not chocolate) and a small toy from the pound shop.