It's your lil one's birthday and school doesn't allow treats. What to do? We received an email from a mom stuck in this exact situation, searching for creative, food-free ideas for making her son's big day a hit in the classroom — without busting the budget. After searching our favorite sites, we've found fun toys and gadgets perfect for tots of all ages. To cut down on costs, simply purchase them in bulk and package them up in cute goodie bags. Even if your celebration allows cakes and candies, these fun playthings are great additions to any party.
Is your tot a cookie monster? All Hallows' Eve is right around the corner, and mama's busy getting ready for the spookiest — and sweetest! — night of the year. Giving out store-bought candy to little trick-or-treaters is common practice, but why not dazzle them with an extra something special in their goodie bags this year? Check out these 13 boo-tifully delicious Halloween cookies and get inspired to get your bake on for this festive occasion. They also make delectable party favors if you're hosting a monster bash!
TLC's new series Outrageous Kids Parties busts open the pinata of over-the-top decadent fetes with price tags hitting the high mark of $32,000. Most people can't make that level of investment yearly, but it's only natural to want to shower your children and stun your friends and family with spectacular celebrations. The key is to plan smart: make your own themed cake pops instead of ordering pricey cupcakes, set a budget for your party favors, and pick a memorable theme. If you're going to spend on favors (and really, who isn't?), consider wrapping them in carefully decorated and personalized bags that can be recycled and cherished by your party guests long after the face paint washes out of their party clothes.
At the end of every birthday party, there comes that moment where the invited guests start looking toward the door. Before saying thank-you and filing out, they pause, knowing that there is one last party ritual to go through before heading home – the goody bag.
Party favors are supposed to serve as a token of thanks for attending a tot's celebration. While some families opt for bags prefilled with candy and dollar store items others go more elaborate, giving children personalized gifts that tie in with the overall party theme on their way out the door. Even the best-behaved child can turn into a greedy, present-starved monster when the favors come out.
Tired of finding little plastic trinkets scattered about their cars and playrooms, some parents simply toss the bags in the nearest receptacle, while others have chosen to forgo the practice of handing the goody bags out altogether.
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lilsugar is celebrating mamas-to-be all month with extensive baby shower coverage that will help you put on awww-inducing, unique, socially relevant, and hip fetes. This week, we are planning an heirloom-themed party that asks guests to pass on stories, advice, and heirloom gifts instead of filling a nursery with new goodies.
The aim of the shower is to keep costs down and celebrate cherished motherhood and childhood moments, so there's no need to create a fancy favor. If you opt to put Rice Krispie Treats on Popsicle sticks on the shower menu, consider making extras as favors. Because Rice Krispie Treats don't require any baking, the whole project of making the treats, cutting, and sticking in a stick should take less than 15 minutes. I wrapped mine in a clear cellophane bag (purchased at the dollar store) and topped the treat off with an old-fashioned-looking yarn tie. You might also consider making cellophane bags filled with vintage candies and a Polaroid of the mom-to-be.
The idea of giving every guest a goldfish or a furry lil snow bunny for a party favor sure sounds cute, but is it practical? Not so much. At your Spring chicken's next birthday party, keep with the "new life" theme with frosted cookies and cupcakes to go. Check out the slideshow of my favorite Spring sweet treats that you and your child can make together.
My daughter's fifth birthday is coming up and I'm throwing her the typical cake, ice cream and pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey-party with ten of her classmates. It's low key and because I was recently laid off, low budget. In order to further cut costs, I'm thinking of skipping the party favors unless you have any ideas for inexpensive options?
— Birthday on a Budget
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Finding the perfect wedding favor is not an easy task. A good wedding favor should spark the memory of the wedding, be representative of the couple, and be somewhat useful. To inspire our blushing brides, I asked you to help me find the internet's most fabulous favors. You bookmarked the favors in the Yum Market on TeamSugar with the keyword tag, Wedding Favors.
My favorite favor was this pear shaped kitchen timer. It's ideal for a foodie fantasy wedding because it encourages guests to get cooking! Serenityspeaks discovered this timer that's functional and fabulous. Take a look at all of the favors below and let me know which one you love!
Torn on what to give your guests at the end of your tea party baby shower? No worries, we've got you covered.
If you invested in inexpensive teacups for the shower, fill them with goodies and gift them to your party goers. Another idea is to wrap up beautifully decorated sugar cubes from Aida Opera Candies in cellophane and tie them off with a ribbon. Or, toss a few Twinings tea bags and the sugary sweets in the teacups to create an even prettier package.
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One of the toughest parts of throwing a shower is picking out cute and practical party favors. I always feel guilty when I get a basket of trinkets I'll never use that cost the host a pretty penny. To see my suggestions read more