The Great Birthday Party Loot Bag Debate

The Great Birthday Party Loot Bag DebateWe spent $250 for my son and a dozen friends to have a movie birthday party this weekend. The costs included admission, popcorn, balloons, lunch, video games, and decorations. It didn’t include loot bags.

Let’s be real, birthday parties are ridiculous. Let’s do the math: 2 of our own birthdays at $250 a pop, plus at least 8 other birthdays with $20 gifts over the course of the school year and you’re looking at nearly $1000, or an $80/month bill, on child birthday parties alone.


So when one of the kids at my son’s birthday party boldly asked “When do we get our loot bags?”, as the party wound down, we told him there weren’t any loot bags.

The news wasn’t well received.

Earlier this spring, Stephanie Wilder Tayler boldly asked “Is Your Child’s Birthday Party Pissing People Off?“, well, our lack of loot bags was obviously a pisser to at least one of the kids.

I’d love it if loot/goodie bags would disappear from the birthday party circuit because, let’s be honest here, they’re mostly garbage.

For the mostpart, they ¬†are plastic bags filled with dollar store trinkets (unless you’re an overachieving part of the Pinterest Mafia). The best use any loot bag gear has ever received in our birthday party travels has been to be recycled as geocaching trinkets.

So we skipped it, and I’m curious why everyone else insists on handing them out. Fellow Babbler, Rebekah Kuschmider, also finds them totally useless. So let’s start a movement where the overdone birthday party is enough and a bag of dollar store trinkets isn’t needed to be handed out at the end of the night.

Image via Nicki Dugan

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