Birthday Party Fun: Goodie Bag Alternatives

By: Deborah Shelton

If you're looking for alternatives to pricey goodie bags, here are a few ideas that will make your guests--and wallet- -happy.

Any Fun Party:

Take Polaroid photos of each guest with the birthday child, and decorate cardboard picture frames, or make frames with popsicle sticks.

Hawaiian Party:

Decorate inexpensive plastic sunglasses with artificial flowers. String together more artificial flowers for one-of- a-kind leis.

Royal Party:

Decorate paper crowns and make scepters from wooden dowels and plastic jewels.

Sleepover Party:

Decorate plastic light switch covers with stickers. Allow your young guests to embellish white pillowcases with fabric paints for a take-home sleepy surprise.

Spring or Garden Party:

Paint flower pots and include a pack of flower seeds for children to grow at home.

Survivor Party:

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.

Tea Party:

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.

Have fun!

Deborah Shelton the author of "The Five Minute Parent: Fun and Fast Activities for You and Your Little Ones." Visit Deborah's website for more family-friendly ideas: Subscribe to The Five Minute Parent email newsletter mailto:Five_Minute_Parent-

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