I’m in the midst of planning a Phineas and Ferb birthday party for my “baby” who will be turning 7 next month. As you probably already know, I love to really do the parties up and this one’s no different. I want people to remember my parties (for a good reason!) and really feel special while they’re there. This week I’m taking you through my plans for the party and can’t wait hear all of your ideas and suggestions along the way.
Today’s Topic: The Tricky Treat Bags
I’ve got to get a jump on treat bags. These are another thing hubby’s not a fan of and honestly, often times most the things that come home from other parties in treat bags wind up in the garbage at our house. For something that should be pretty simple, it always seems to be a challenge from what to include to how many to actually make for the party.
I try to think outside the box and actually give the kids useful stuff instead of some cheap candy and toys that will just get pitched. In the past I’ve done coloring pages and crayon packages, bubbles, stickers, tattoos, candy and other little things that went with the party theme (green army men and sheriff’s badges for Toy Story party were a big hit as was the personalized look ‘n find I did one year).
This year I’m kind of torn….do to treat bags or not do treat bags.
I think kids (and parents honestly) expect these at a party. There’s not much to them but they can quickly eat up the budget for a party. I always worry that the bags don’t look full enough, someone’s going to be allergic to something in them so pick more toys than food and try not to pick just junky stuff parents will go home and throw out.
Here’s some suggestions for treat bag items:
- Stickers. Ebay has a huge variety of them for a reasonable price. Those are always popular with the kids and if we have left overs the boys either cover themselves in them or use them in their many art projects.
- Tattoos. Again, I would get these from Ebay. For the same reasons as stickers, I don’t mind putting these in the treat bags.
- Coloring Pages. These are a great item to include. I have yet to meet a kid who doesn’t like to color. You can find tons of great coloring pages on line that you can print for free. Crayola also has a wide range of large coloring pages that might fit your theme. (Walmart has small packs of crayons in their party section that would go great with the coloring sheets)
- Personalized items. This is something I always look for. From bookmarks to candy wrappers and look and finds, there are tons of different options out there! My favorite personalized item right now are M&Ms. They’ve got Phineas and Ferb ones as well as ones you can completely customize on your own!! They are a little pricey but super cute! They offer several different ways to purchase and one of them is smaller treat bag sized packages. We did these for my grandpa’s 90th birthday last summer and they turned out really great and were a huge hit at the party. Be sure to look on line (even on their own site at times!) for coupon codes or deals before you order.
- Silly bands. These are still a huge hit here and there are lots of options at different price points.
- Plastic cups. If you’ve got a good idea of how many kids will be at the party this is a great way to go. This also greatly limits the number of treats you’ll need to buy or make to fill the cup.
- Bags. This is an open door. You can buy the themed treat bags that go with your party’s theme, let your birthday child decorate brown lunch sacks as treat bags, get some party theme cellophane bags, zip tops bags…like I said, the possibilities are pretty much endless here.
- Boxes. There are a couple of different options here. There’s a lunch box style with handles or you could do something like a take out container decorated to match your party’s theme. Both are cute and unique.