I'm kind of obsessed with party favors. I love the idea of them, because a bag filled with treats is Very Nice Indeed. I love the birthday etiquette dance of it all - you bring a present and then you get a bag of thank you treats! But.....sometimes I feel like goody bags just serve as a dumping ground for leftover Halloween candy or something. At the risk of offending anyone whose party I've ever attended, sometimes I find that they are filled with the most random of random. Not that my daughter cares. ANY goody bag is a fine goody bag to her. It could have paper towels and a stick of gum and she'd think that was fanflippingtastic.
We had Julia's party at the house this year (WHYYYYYYY do I keep getting talked into this??), so that freed up a bit of extra money to spend on treats, since the venue was at home. I went for a couple of things that were super fun - an American Girl doll sticker set, and a Tapeffiti set, which I then broke apart and put individually into little brown paper bags. I found the doll stickers, the brown paper bags, glow bracelets ($2 for an entire container of 12!), little colorful mini clothespins (to close the bags) and cupcake and candle stickers all at the craft store. Oh I also found some bubblegum smelling markers that were on clearance. (these bear-shaped markers are darling and would be cute put into party favor bags - Julia used to have some like this and they smelled great!)
The American Girl doll sticker kit is SUPER cute - and comes with a ton of different sheets featuring the historical dolls - I just ripped out sheets and attached a sticker sheet to the back of each bag with a clothespin. The whole sticker set would actually be an awesome gift all by itself.
Tapeffiti kit and the Mamba candy I found at Target. (the candy was in the dollar bin!) I'M OBSESSED WITH TAPEFFITI. Giving the whole kit is one of my go-to birthday party gift ideas. No idea what a kid would like? Tapeffiti! BECAUSE WHO DOESN'T LOVE COLORFUL TAPE?? WHO??
Mamba appears to be just basically a fancier looking version of Starburst candy, and I totally loved the packaging. I found the Tiny Size Chiclet gum at a local candy store - you might have to scout around a bit to find these, but they are seriously adorable, like rainbow gum that is sized for fairies. And the My Little Pony trading cards came as a pack that I found at the drugstore, and I just broke it open and put in one trading card into each bag.
cupcake stickers were seriously adorable! I thought they gussied up the paper bags quite nicely. I found the clothespins at the craft store - these are somewhat similar.
Well there you have it - I've just written more words about a party favor bag than I ever thought possible. #Blogging is hilarious. But seriously, if I were 9 years old and getting a goody bag, this is a bag I would have wished to receive. I'm very in touch with my inner 9 year old, (also my inner 13 year old) so I know what I'm talking about. I'd like to be in touch with my inner 23 year old because I think my body was in perfect health at that time with no aches or pains and that was awesome.