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10 Inspired Party Favor Ideas

By Meghan Gesswein |

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!

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10 Inspired Party Favor Ideas

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

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Meghan Gesswein

Meghan Gesswein is a stay at home mom to three boys. Most of the time. Meghan is extremely active online, and writes for the ever growing mom blog, Meghan GWine. She was a regular contributor to the Parenting channels on Babble.

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2 thoughts on “10 Inspired Party Favor Ideas

  1. April says:

    Yes to no crappy toys gift bags! We get so much of those cheap party favor toys and they just stink. Kids play with them for 10 minutes and then they are trash.

    I have never done that type of favor. I did these fancy custom made sugar cookies to take home as a party favor that fit the theme of the party. One year I bought pretty decent stuffed animals of frogs and snakes and used them to decorate the treehouse where we had the party. Then the kids got to pick one to take home as their favor with a butterfly net.

    For a dinosaur party each kid got a dinosaur mask to wear during the party and take home and a dinosaur sticker activity sheet. Just something to take home, but not a bag full of little cheap toys most of which become choking hazards or make a mess anyway.

    This year for a pirate party each kid will get a pirate hat and accessories like a sword, eye path, etc to wear during the party and take home and a man will be making balloon animals to play with at the party and take home.

    I am more about stuff that can be used DURING the party and taken home than the bag of stuff as you walk out the door.

    Great ideas!

  2. Kelli says:

    I went a little overboard on the party favors for my kid’s party last year. I didn’t do a party this year (we were in the process of a move), but I’m already thinking about what I’m going to do for next year’s party…since we’ve moved some of these same things may make an appearance!

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