Wednesday, May 02, 2007
WFMW (Birthday Edition)

Before I share my WFMW tip, I'm hosting a book giveaway for Tracey Elliot's book, Unbroken. If you'd like to win a FREE copy of this book, check out the details right here.

Now, it's time to post yet another WFMW tip. This time Shannon is asking us to share birthday tips.

So, I've only hosted 2 birthday parties for my son but, the tip I'm about to share was a big hit by the kids that attended and their parents too.

Many of the parties we've attended hand out gift bags as you're leaving the party. When I've gotten home and looked through them, I was less than pleased with some of the things included...small toys that can be choking hazards, candy that I wouldn't want Snuggle Bug to eat, etc.

Determined not to waste money on unsuitable trinkets I decided to take a different approach at party favors for Snuggle Bug's 1st and 2nd birthday parties.

Each time, I pulled out one of our wicker baskets and filled it with a good selection of age appropriate toys (books, balls, bubbles, crayons, etc.) that I purchased for Snuggle Bug's little friends.

At the end of the party, as the kids were getting ready to leave, I'd pull out the basket and let the kids pick a couple of items to take home. The kids loved having a choice and the parents appreciated the opportunity to help them choose the most suitable gift.

Using a party favor basket works for me! To see what works for others, be sure to check out the other links at Shannon's, the creator of Works-For-Me Wednesday!

My past WFMW entries:

10 ways to make brushing fun!
Crayola Twistables Slick Stix
kids car organizer
stop urban legend emails
send credit scores soaring
foolproof extra creamy cottage cheese
stainless steel ball whisk
Uses for your child's wagon
10 Reasons Why Parents Should Not Spank
Love Sweet Love
travel tip
free children's printables
calendar labels
Strawberry Spinach Salad
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12 lbs 'til Christmas
toddler healthy eating techniques
reindeer puppet
Grocery Game website
No Fear Shakespeare
list of age appropriate children's chores
linking within comments
baptism gift
creating blogger categories
alternate use for pot rack
cake decorating tips
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cake baking tip
comforts of home while traveling
quenching the thirst of your little one
pie crust made in bulk
hot chocolate kicked up a notch

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At 9:05 PM, Blogger justabeachkat said...

Great Idea!

At 9:08 PM, Anonymous Jen said...

I'm not a fan of goodie bags either. They are usually full of junk! I really like this idea-thanks for sharing!!

At 9:20 PM, Anonymous jodi said...

That is a GREAT idea!!! I love it!

At 9:27 PM, Blogger Military Mommy said...

I love this one too! Thanks for the tip.

Michelle ;)

At 9:55 PM, Blogger Robin said...

I don't remember getting gift bags when I went to birthday parties as a kid. Some of the goodie bags Grom has gotten are crazy.

Love your idea.

At 10:11 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

I think this is a great idea, too...especially for preschoolers!

At 10:26 PM, Anonymous Neighbor Jane Payne said...

I love the party favor basket idea. I'm going to remember that one. Thank you.

At 4:45 AM, Blogger Carey said...

What a great idea. Im not thrilled with gift bags either, and i dont do them at our parties either. For my daughters 5th birthday we hada play doh party, and all the kids got to take home a can of it. Much better than the little stuff that adds up to thrown away money. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.

At 5:39 AM, Blogger Jan B said...

This is a great idea. This year for Charlie's party I let the guests each pick one thing out of our treasure chest. They really liked it.

At 6:36 AM, Blogger Sally said...

My comment has nothing to do with WFMW, but I came to your site from Rocks in my Dryer to read about your party favor tips...and then I saw the photos on your template. They're from Adare, County Limerick, aren't they? Or some of them are (Blue Door Restaurant). I got so excited I had to post a comment. I'm in the process of scrapbooking our trip to Adare last spring -- my best friend got married in Askeaton, and the reception was at the Adare Manor. I love it over there, and I'm SO ready to go back.

Your pictures are AWESOME!

At 6:37 AM, Anonymous Barbara H. said...

Great idea! Not only can they choose what they like, but parents aren't wasting money on little plastic things that will be lost or tossed the next day or giving an excess of candy.

At 6:52 AM, Anonymous Homeschool Mama said...

What a neat idea!

At 7:00 AM, Anonymous chelle said...

OOoo great Idea!

At 7:14 AM, Blogger Karen said...

I love the "idea" of goody bags, but in all practicality...they just don't work for me...I love this! I do something similar, but never thought of purchasing more than one kind of item..mine are all usually the same! lol

At 7:52 AM, Blogger Jill said...

That is a great idea! With every goodie bag The Boy has received, I have had to toss something out because it wasn't safe or was just a piece of junk!

p.s. I followed your lead and posted today about The Boy's toddler speak :-)

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Ribbon Rock Star said...

I love this idea!


At 3:40 PM, Blogger Rona's Home Page said...

This is a terrific idea. I wish I had thought of it when our son was younger. Wow! Think of all the money I would have saved!

At 5:25 PM, Anonymous oh amanda said...

Good idea! I just realized I didn't even think about goodie bags at my daughter's birthday! I like your idea better. The other good one I saw was a Tshirt with all the kids names on it. Probably a little expensive but cute!

At 7:16 PM, Anonymous SeaBird said...

Love this tip and plan to use it!

At 8:22 PM, Blogger Totallyscrappy said...

Brilliant! I love that they get a choice and you know right away what is in the bag!!

At 7:50 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

What a great idea! I, too, don't like a lot of the things Kayla has brought home in a goody bag. I look at it and think "I'm not giving her THIS!" I can't believe some of the candy and stuff other parents would put in for a toddler. I always stick to things like playdo, sidewalk chalk, bubbles etc.

At 5:57 PM, Blogger melva said...

I like your idea. In the past for my little girls parties I have made little coloring books on my computer and put a thank you for attending on the front cover. I also put some crayons in the bag, maybe a couple pieces of candy. Your idea saves having to buy bags.

At 7:46 PM, Anonymous Jana said...

I love this idea. I have always avoided throwing parties for my kids, and this is one of the reasons. But this basket idea of yours... I could do that! Thanks for sharing!


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