If my kids are anything to go by, emptying the contents of your party bag to see what’s inside is almost as exciting as the birthday party itself.
Long gone are the days when kids left a party with just a lump of cake at the bottom of their party bag and as expectations have grown, the cost of party bags has crept up. Yet with a bit of thoughtful planning, party bags don’t need to be expensive.
We’ve put together a few ideas to make sure you keep the costs under control and fill your party bags with fun gifts that won’t go straight in the bin!
When you’re planning a party, it’s easy to leave the party bags to the last minute. Yet if you get organised in advance you’ll have more time to hunt for bargains and inexpensive treats and won’t blow your budget on last minute panic buys.
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Buy one quality toy or gift
The cost of several small toys and gadgets can quickly add up. Instead, why not spend all your budget on one quality toy? The small My Blue Nose Friends cuddly toys are for instance popular take home gifts for girls birthday parties.
If your party has a theme, such as pirates or princesses, try to continue the theme when you fill their party bags.
For maximum impact, try to keep the contents colourful. If the bag and contents stand out, the children will get excited even if the items are inexpensive. Coloured tissue and ribbons will add to the impact even if you only fill the party bags with sweets and bubbles.
Fancy packaging will make your children’s party bags look more exciting. Here are a few ideas:
Use coloured cellophane with ribbon to hold some sweets. Or fill a plastic cup with sweets and wrap it with cellophane. Once the sweets inside it are gone, the present will still be used.
Write the child’s name in large letters on a simple paper bag and decorate it with stickers. It will make a fun personalised party bag and your kids can help prepare those too.
You could also try something more unusual and stuff tiny toys or sweets into a balloon. Blow it up, tie the knot and give those out at the end of the party.
Take home party activity
Make something during the party and have the children take it home – add in a few sweets and a slice of cake and you’ve done. Popular activities include baking – check out our recipes section for ideas, decorating plates and mugs with ceramic paints, or decorating your own t-shirt.
What to put in your party bags
- Hair accessories
- Mini chocolate bars
- Chocolate coins
- Playing cards & dice
- Pencil sharpeners
- Books / notebooks
- Colouring books
- Face paints
- Key rings
- Mini animals
- Fridge magnets
- Small toy cars
- Boxes of raisins
- Bendy toys
- Small games/puzzles
- Bouncy balls
- Toy soldiers