Party favors are the exciting part of the birthday preparation. Purchasing and gathering all the fun little toys and candy to toss together for the birthday celebration can be fun. First find a theme, second decide what kind of items you want to give out and third scout out a few stores to see what they have.
Make the favor worth it. Often kids are given little penny toys that break in seconds and the kids are disappointed. I like to give things that will last longer than a moment. This doesn’t have to mean that it needs to be expensive, just wise. A $1 bubble stick or a coloring book is not a lot of money but the kids can enjoy it for a bit. I often put the favors into a cool cup, which can be used several times following the party.
You can often find items in bulk allowing you to purchase more for less. Stores have several options in their party isles. Great stores to find party favors are: Target, Walmart, Dollar Stores and your local craft stores. Most of these stores have Dollar Sections, which have great options and ideas for party favors.
Who doesn’t LOVE the dollar section at Target? The One Spot Shop is great for purchasing a cool and quick gift. It is the first display as you walk in the store making it very accessible. All items in this section are $1-$3 dollars and are ideal for making gift baskets. They always have bins filled with several items having to do with the same theme.
This is my favorite place to create a birthday present for my kids to take to parties. What child wouldn’t rather receive five presents instead of one? You can make an awesome gift for just 5 bucks. Pick either a bucket or bag and four other items to put in it. For summer birthday’s, I assemble three outdoor play items and one candy treat inside of a sand bucket. This gift never seems to disappoint because it includes such a variety of toys.
– Wrap in newspaper and add newspaper flowers on top. How to make the flowers here: http://www.hgtv.com/entertaining/how-to-make-rolled-paper-roses/index.html.
– Add cute fabric or paper flowers to a brown paper lunch sack. Simple and sweet.
– Tie or tape on a fresh flower to the package.
– Wrap with cute fabric and tie with nice ribbon—the receiver can reuse the wrapping so they won’t go to waste! You can also create your own cute fabric by using stamps on plain fabric.