We’ve all been there. You leave a birthday party with a kid who is hopped up on sugar and, as they excitedly play with the cheap plastic crap that they found in their goodie bag, the inevitable happens — it breaks.
Cue the tears, drama and sugar crash. You try to apease them by stuffing a generic, high fructose corn syrup laden candy in their mouth while you silently curse the parents who just graciously entertained your kid for two hours.
And all the while, you’re probably thinking “Why am *I* the one who had to buy the freaking gift?”
To be fair, I’ve been the parent on the other side of the fence, too. I spend so much time planning every last detail about the party itself that I find myself tossing lame party favor items into my cart at Walmart at 11pm the night before the big event. And I hate myself a little bit for it.
In reality, party favors don’t have to be super time-consuming or expensive and they’re a really nice way to thank people for helping your kid celebrate his or her birthday. Plus, there’s an added benefit to knowing that you’ve totally one-upped the other parents in at least one area. Am I right?
While I love this article (and totally agree with the sentiment), most of the favor ideas are funny but not very practical. I put together a few ideas that just might make you the favorite parent to both your kid’s friends and their parents.
Check out my ideas for some creative and unique party favors below and then start planning your next party!
High Flying Balloons
It's always fun to send each child home with their own mini balloon bouquet. Add a bottle of bubbles to weigh it down and a personalized note to thank them for coming! Just have a few extras on hand to account for any that (will inevitably) pop! Photo credit: Crystl via Flickr
Beach Blanket Bingo
This is one of my favorite party favor ideas. Order buckets by the dozen and each kid gets to take home a bit of the fun. Throw in an inflatable beach ball, and kids will be talking about your party for ages. Also, if you have a piñata, the bucket can double as candy storage.Find them at Oriental Trading
A Day at the Fair
What kid doesn't love cotton candy? These cute treats allow you to send kids home with their very own cotton candy push pop! Add in a bag of popcorn and kids can leave the party feeling like they were really at the fair grounds. All that will be missing is a fried pickle and the smell of manure. Hopefully. Available at TrendyFavors
Send your gaggle of party girls home with their very own fairy wand and they'll be willing to grant your wishes for years to come. Or, at the very least, until your next party. Photo credit: Pinterest
What little girl doesn't love a little flair for her hair? Add to that the fact that most little girls love to dress up like their friends, and these cute rosette hair clips will be a real hit! Photo credit: Pinterest
If you're having a spa themed party, send the partygoers home with an adorable mini manicure kit so they can keep their fingers and toes looking beautiful at home. Add in a mini bottle of nail polish for an extra treat! FInd them at Beau Coup
I love the idea of sending kids home with their own little flower pot and seeds. The seeds are contained in an adorable felt "packet," and you can choose from a number of different shapes and colors. Available at Etsy
How cute are these personalized boxes of recycled crayons? With several different molds to choose from, they can be customized to fit almost any party theme. Find them at Etsy
A sports themed party offers a ton of really great party favor opportunities. Pair an inflatable ball and/or with a coach's whistle or foam #1 hand and let the kids run wild. Use a permanent marker to write a personalized message on the ball for party attendees. Find it at Oriental Trading
These personalized cups are a really cute way to thank people for coming to your party. Fill the inside of the cups with pinata candy or a thoughtful trinket related to the party. And kids will love the colorful gum balls and wacky straws that come with the cups. Photo credit: The Communal Pantry
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