Simple Party Favors for Kids

Simple Party Favors for Kids | A Simple Haven

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

Homemade Play-dough

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.


Flower Seeds

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.

neon crayons


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.

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Christmas Ornaments

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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About Jenn

Jenn is a mommy of three and wife to her best friend. She enjoys good books, dinner guests, elevenses, and proper apostrophe use.

  • Jamie Hadady

    LOVE these ideas! While I only have one birthday party in the books, I tried to only give useful and unannoying things :o)

  • Ana @ Lessons From Yesterday

    Very similar to play dough, but there’s lots of silly putty-type homemade recipes out there that would be good, especially for boy parties.

    • Oh good tip! I’m totally out of my depth with boy parties, having only done a baby boy’s first birthday party. 🙂

  • Margaret Stephens

    I read all the time but hardly ever comment – thank you for keeping it simple. A grandmother from Alabama really appreciates it!

    • Margaret, thank you so much for reading and for your kind words. I have to keep it simple–for my own sanity as much as anything :).

  • great ideas! I like to do favors that match with the theme if I do one. We’re doing a construction theme for my little guy next month (as in, get some dollar store trucks to play in the dirt) so I got some play hard hats and home depot aprons they can wear at the party and then take home for pretend play!

    • So far, I’m only familiar with the girlie party stuff, so I’m tucking this idea away for later! 🙂

  • Erin

    Love this. We are having a birthday party today and a pot with flower seeds is the favor! I am a fairly new reader – I appreciate your great ideas!

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