5 ideas for party bags please!
This blog post is by Nicola Baird sharing ideas about thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children. This post is asking for party bag tips. For more info about gifts – giving and receiving – see my book Homemade Kids, with lots of ideas about parenting, click here.
Looking at yesterday’s Evening Standard I noticed a photo of Gwyneth Paltrow walking out of an event with a goody bag. It made me think again about the sketchy plans for Nell’s big 11 birthday.
I’ve got a good track record of making interesting and good value party bags. But this weekend’s birthday is making me nervous: the other children will by now have expectations of originality or largesse. Actually, they probably won’t but that’s how the birthday child’s mum often feels. And then ends up swooping around the aisles spending more than they’d ever planned.
So here are five ideas that may be put to the test on Sunday:
- It’s a trampoline party – organised to ensure the kids all get a go at doing something fun, that’s sporty and is almost a skill – so surely leaving with memories, and maybe a photo of them in action. Plus a gummy snake or two (on special at a supermarket, but chosen because they will remind Nell of her 2011 antipodean travels).
- I’ve got enough paper bags stored up that can be emblazoned with the guest children’s name and then filled with spring bulbs. Lovely, but pricey.
- Organise a huge bunch of sweet-smelling narcissi and then divide between the guests. Brilliant if I’m still not sure who is coming. The only hitch is that I like to buy British grown flowers and I’ve left it a bit late this year.
- Go to a second hand book shop, or charity shop, and scoop up all the books I recognise that Nell has read and enjoyed – and then give each guest a goodbye gift of a recommended read. I love this idea, but fear that in my bit of London the books will be around £1 each. You could say it is going for a good cause, but with 16 children that’s out of my party bag budget.
- Thinking it through like this is working well! I’m going to put their name on a paper bag (easy to do for latecomers at the party) and then divide out the gummy snakes and add a fairy cake to enjoy on the way home. Sorted. Now, where’s the Domestic Goddess recipe book?
Over to you
Any ideas for simple, quick, fun party bags that everyone will enjoy? Remember to spell out what age you think it works for.