Next up for me was the party favors. I’ve learned for myself that I tend to drag my feet on this aspect, then scramble at the end to throw them together. I saw the cute idea online to use the white treat boxes with the image of Peso’s band-aid from his medic kit. So, Oriental Trading, here I come! I ordered the white treat boxes that ended up looking like this:
Fish-Shaped Water Games
I almost didn’t order these, because sheesh, it’s just junk, right? But then I remembered back to my childhood days and party favors and those silly little dentist plastic toy treats. I LOVED and cherished them, am I right? My decision was reaffirmed when we got our order in the mail and both my children immediately started playing with everything inside!
Shark Tank Bubbles
Tropical Fish Bouncing Balls
I’m sad to say I no longer see these on Oriental Trading, because both my kids LOVED them! In fact, it prompted my daughter to say “ball” for the first time. Anyway, they have others with monsters, or penguins, etc. in them. Super fun!
Stikeez Ocean Characters
These are teeny tiny, but cheap and fun! Basically, they just stick to smooth surfaces.
Shark Attack Snack Mix
Of course I didn’t get any pictures of the assembled snacks, but basically we put gummy fish, green licorice pieces and peach rings in a snack bag with the topper above.
And last, but not least, we had “Puffer Fish” for the guests on their way out the door. Those punch balloons! I almost didn’t do this, I mean, there’s plenty already IN their favor boxes, but I’m SO glad I did. It’s hard to leave a fun party, and the promise of one more fun gift on the way out, helped many parents leave with less of a fight. I got them at Party City =) Here’s a pic of our Puffer Fish.
So, have I changed your thoughts about silly little party favors? I know it seems you can spend a fortune on *ahem, pardon my French* – crap, but the kids really do love them! Have your kids had party favors they loved, but you despised?