The summer is a break from many things— one of them being the kid’s birthday party circuit. But once school starts, I bet those invitations start pouring in.
Every parent tries to differentiate their kid’s party from the rest — whether it be because they made it into the birthday blowout of the year or because they kept it super relaxed and casual.
In the two years I have been throwing birthday parties for my daughter, I have always preferred to do something inbetween.
Something that shows thought was involved but not that I spent every waking moment and spare dollar on a kid’s party that nobody (including the birthday girl) will remember next year.
One of the best ways to show off your birthday party creativity is with the goody bags. Since I am from New York City, I have been to parties where each kid goes home with a themed T-shirt or an expensive set of blocks.
I think that’s ridiculous.
The trick is to do something fun that the kids will appreciate, that won’t be thrown out the second the parent walks out the door, but also to make it cheap and simple. There are no bragging rights for spending a ton of time and money on twenty gift bags for little kids.
Below are ten examples of creative ideas that shouldn’t cost more than a few dollars or take more than an hour of your time to put together. Many of them even involve something you already have in your kitchen cabinet— Ziploc bags.