As we get older, we sometimes don’t look forward to our birthdays. However, for a child, a birthday celebration is something that often anticipated for months in advance. Take care of guests and let them know that their presence is appreciated by giving out goody bags.
Keep It Simple
Fortunately, children are often quite easy to please, so you can fill bags with items they’re sure to love in no time. Choose paper gift bags and decorate them with the recipient’s name, then tie the handles closed with a colorful ribbon once you’ve added the contents. There’s no need to spend a fortune. It’s more important to select the items in a thoughtful way, so that both children and parents will appreciate the effort.
Rather than picking things out at random, try focusing on a theme, instead. Ideally, it would be one that’s somehow related to the child’s birthday party activities. For example, if the celebration will have a sports theme, you can pick out items such as baseball cards or miniature soccer balls. Princess themed parties are hardly complete without a sparkly tiara. Some party suppliers sell goody bag kits with related items already packaged together. Even if you don’t use one of those options, you can at least browse through what’s being sold to get some ideas about what to buy when you’re stuffing your own bags full of treats.
Keep Parents in Mind
If you’re planning a child’s birthday party, there’s a good chance that you’re a parent. Be aware of parenting challenges by picking out things that won’t cause extra stress. Noisemakers and balloons are great for parties, but far less wonderful once the party guests get home.
Also, consider that some of the attendees might have younger brothers or sisters. With that in mind, it’s best to avoid anything that could pose a choking hazard. Hopefully, parents will check through the goody bags once their sons and daughters get back from your party, but that’s not something that you can count on with complete certainty. If you have any doubts about whether an item is right for a gift bag, it’s probably best to take another approach altogether.
It’s smart to choose some goodies that kids can use right away, even while they’re still at the party. If the party will be held at a movie theater, consider buying a batch of five dollar gift cards so that kids can use them at the concession stand. Sunscreen, lip balm, juice boxes and small bags of trail mix are just a few things that you could include in a bag for an outdoor party, too.
A carefully prepared goody bag will either give a preview of the fun times to come at the party, or give guests something that helps them remember all the good moments for months after the party. Although they’re an important part of the party planning process, you can create memorable gift bags that guests of all ages will appreciate, simply by staying true to the spirit of the birthday party itself.