When I was 12, one of my favorite books was an abridged copy of Emily Post’s Etiquette. No kidding.
When I went to college, I took along the weighty full-length version.
Did I think I was equipping myself to face a new variety of social situations? If so, I probably chose poorly: to my knowledge, Ms. Post remains silent on matters of AOL’s IM, fraternity formals, and being an RA.
I also don’t know what she says about children’s birthday party favors. My guess is she’d be all for them and would probably set the bar way higher than me. Sorry, Emily.
My criteria are that they be enjoyed by kids, unannoying to parents, and reasonably priced. In a pinch, my default is homemade cookies in pretty packaging.
I think I just made up “unannoying,” but can I get an amen from parents everywhere?
But when I’m not in default mode, here are some other ideas I’ve used or would use at our next party.
Simple Kids’ Party Favors
Make it a fun color, add some glitter, and put it in a pretty glass jar. Maybe hold off on the glass if it’s a toddler party. I’m still recovering from the shattered mason jar incident of last week.
We always seem to have little jars laying around, but you could also use a cellophane bag tied up with a ribbon or twine.
We did this for Bun’s recent party. Each little guest got packets of Zinnias, which tend to do well in our neck of the woods.
Who doesn’t like stickers? Ok, if they end up on the walls or furniture, I’ll raise my hand to that. Otherwise, they may keep their place as a beloved part of my daughter’s daily life.
Get the fun glittery or neon kind and maybe throw in a little notebook and you’re set.
A Picture With the Birthday Boy/Girl
I had aspirations of doing this at Bun’s party. Get out the camera and have the birthday kid pose with each friend. Print pics and send them along with thank you notes.
Perhaps only applicable at November or December parties, but meets the criteria nonetheless. For our Christmas baby’s first birthday, I hand-sewed ornaments and embroidered the first letter of each guest’s last name.
Don’t worry, there were only five guests. And about a season’s worth of Downton Abbey to keep me company while I crafted.
More Girly Ideas: hair clips (via Etsy? Or handmade) // fairy wings (dollar store) // princess/fairy crowns (dollar store) // ribbon wands
Other Ideas: slipper socks // glow sticks
What are your favorite party favor ideas?
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