you're looking for alternatives to pricey goodie bags,
here are a few ideas that will make your guests - and wallet
Any Fun Party:
Take Polaroid or digital photos of each guest with the birthday
child, and decorate cardboard picture frames, or make frames
with popsicle sticks.
Decorate inexpensive plastic sunglasses with artificial flowers.
String together more artificial flowers for one-of-a-kind leis.
Also see -> Hawaiian
Decorate paper crowns and make scepters from wooden dowels and
Decorate plastic light switch covers with stickers. Allow your
young guests to embellish white pillowcases with fabric paints
for a take-home sleepy surprise. Also see -> Slumber
Spring or Garden Party:
Paint flower pots and include a pack of flower seeds for children
to grow at home. Also see -> Garden
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. Also see
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. Also see -> Tea
About the Author... Deborah Shelton is author of The Five Minute Parent.