Birthday parties are a time to for your child to celebrate his birthday with all his friends. The days of your child being the only person receiving gifts on that day are behind us. Now, it is common tradition for goodie bags to be presented to all the children attending the party with small party favors at the end of the party itself. These goodie bags can be filled with a variety of items. The guests at the party get to enjoy in the fun of receiving surprises just like the birthday boy does by receiving a goodie bag as they leave.
Candy is a popular birthday party goodie bag idea. It is relatively inexpensive and can be purchased in bulk to fill up goodie bags. As the host, find out if any of the party guests are diabetic or have other health conditions that restrict them from eating candy or require sugar-free candy. If so, make a special bag for these guests with that type of candy that they can eat. When asking for RSVPs, you can also put a request in that parents let you know if their children have any dietary restrictions limiting the type of candy they can have.
There are a variety of stickers on the market. For elementary school--aged children and younger, consider stickers as a birthday goodie bag item. There are stickers such as scratch and sniff, puffy stickers, stickers with glitter, stickers with a metallic appearance, and others that give you a variety to choose from. Try to find stickers that fit the theme of the birthday party.
Each birthday goodie bag could have one little gift that is worth more than the other items as the "big party favor" for each guest. These can be small toys such as miniature balls, small Frisbees, beach balls, or action figures. The birthday goodie bag itself could even be a party favor, as an example, you could use small pail and shovel sets to hold the other party favors in and give one to each child.
Small gift certificates make nice party favors too. Purchase a booklet of $1 gift certificates from retailers such as McDonald's or Rita's Italian Ice. Give each child one or two of these coupons in their goodie bag, allowing the child to choose her own snack as a gift.