Birthday Party Fun
Goodie Bag Alternatives
By Deborah Shelton
If you're looking for alternatives to pricey goodie bags, here
are a few ideas that will make your guests--and wallet- -happy.
Any Fun Party: Take Polaroid photos of each guest with
the birthday child, and decorate cardboard picture frames, or make frames with
Dance Party: Let the birthday child create a mix CD of
favorite music. Burn copies for everybody (and play it at the party too!).
Hawaiian Party: Decorate inexpensive plastic sunglasses
with artificial flowers. String together more artificial flowers for one-of-
Royal Party: Decorate paper crowns and make scepters from
wooden dowels and plastic jewels.
Sleepover Party: Decorate plastic light-switch plates
with stickers. Allow your young guests to embellish white pillowcases with
fabric paints for a take-home sleepy surprise.
Spring or Garden Party: Paint flower pots and include a
pack of flower seeds for children to grow at home.
Survivor Party: Send the children on a scavenger hunt
equipped with compasses and trail mixes that they can make before the hunt. The
compass will become a new favorite gadget, and the trail mix is a lot healthier
that candy treats.
Tea Party: Let the girls decorate straw hats with
artificial flowers, which they can wear for the party, and later take home.
Complete the party with candy necklaces. Have fun!
Deborah Shelton the author of "The Five Minute Parent: Fun & Fast
Activities for You and Your Little Ones." Visit Deborah's website for
more family-friendly ideas:
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