Most kids love candy and of course parties are a special occasion, but when it comes to goody bags I like to send our guests home with interactive and playful items. Today, we’ve compiled a list of items that hopefully spark some inspiration for your child’s goody bag.
Working with your theme when putting together your goody bag
Something to consider is tying your goody bag to the theme of your party. For example, at our Girly Girl Bashes the girls receive cutesy stuff like nail stickers and lip gloss while our Spy Bash guests receive espionage tools like invisible ink pens and black sunglasses. Think about your theme, maybe you’re throwing a nature party so you can provide your guests with bug nets and magnifying glasses or a spa party so you can give out bubble bath and loofahs. That can help you come up some ideas of your own.
A Fun Alternative – One Big Gift as a Favor
Something I’ve seen on Pinterest lately is in lieu of a goody bag, parents are handing out one large gift that fits the theme. Say you want a Curious George party, you could give away copies of a Curious George storybook. I saw a baseball party that provided each guest a wiffle ball and bat with a box of Cracker Jacks tied to the top – adorable! (http://catchmyparty.com/photos/1288843)
Creative ways to wrap up your goody bag items
Those little gifts don’t need to go in a plain, ole bag! Here’s another awesome way to get creative and tie the goody bag into your theme.
The goody bags from our Spy Bash are known as “Spy Kits” and come in black cardboard boxes to simulate a briefcase.
A mom from one of our Cake Bashes this past Fall made these adorable, personalized cups with paint pens and filled with candy and lip gloss. Shout out to Tessla’s mom!
We use cellophane bags for our Girly Girl Bash favor bags that we tie off with pink ribbon and purple flower tags.
Now, what are we going to put in those goody bags?
15 Items to Include in a Goody Bag (That Aren’t Candy)
- Playing Cards – these never get old and you can even buy the special game packs like Go Fish or Crazy 8’s.
- Fake Tattoos – I’ve yet to meet a kid that has received one of these and not wanted to put it on immediately. It’s a fan favorite.
- Glow Sticks – I think everyone has a soft spot for glow sticks.
- Twisty Straws – Fun, safe and reusable.
- Stickers – We all know how much kids love stickers. Make sure this is age appropriate for your group; you don’t want parents calling saying their child put stickers all over the window of their car.
- Bubbles – Perfect for younger groups. Check out Pinterest for printables to make custom labels to add a bit of personalization.
- Fake Mustaches – Awesome for kids of all ages.
- Coloring Books – With the whole adult coloring fade, everyone is getting back into coloring.
- Nail Polish – Again, make sure it’s appropriate for your age group.
- Chapstick/Lip Gloss – Up here in the Northeast chapstick and lip gloss are most welcome in the winter.
- Gummy Snacks – A nice alternative to candy and Annie’s makes a tasty gluten free, peanut free, dye free fruit snack. (Check out Annie’s website for the most up to date nutrition info http://www.annies.com/products/snacks/bernies-farm-fruit-snacks)
- Sunglasses – If they open their goody bags before they leave you can get a great party photo with them wearing the glasses.
- Dress Up Jewelry/Clothing – Bracelets, rings, bow ties – kids love dress up!
- Hair clips/hair ties – Parents love these too, they always come in handy.
- Funky Pens/Pencils – I had a Puppy Art Bash last month and the mom found dog pens at Target that she gave out as a favor. The other day I found candy scented gel pens. Too cute!
For an overview of what we discussed here today, check out our handy dandy infographic!
The main thing to remember is a goody bag is a way to thank your guests for taking the time to celebrate your special event with you! Even the smallest gesture can go a long way to express gratitude.
Best of luck putting together your goody bags and if you have any suggestions or comments please be sure to add them below. Of course you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or you can message us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BashBirthdayParties/
Thanks and party on!