What I remember from birthday parties during my childhood days is a lot of fun and very few goodies. Back in the 70s, it just wasn’t a part of the typical party fare. There were games with prizes, and, if you won, you did get to take home something. Otherwise, there were party hats, horns, and lots of cake and ice cream…but that is where it ended.
Now, that has changed. Party favors are huge today. Parents are spending anywhere from $2 to $20 per party favor for each kid. Now, is it really necessary?
The idea of party favors is really born out of the notion that kids will feel upset attending a party and not receiving anything like the special birthday kid. In order to avoid hurt feelings, goody bags are given to avoid this scenario.
Although they are considered essential to a kids’ party today, you could definitely avoid doing goody bags by making a craft at the party and having the kids take this home. Or have the kids win prizes during games, and have those prizes serve as the goodies ~ as was the case back in my day!
If you are looking to save money on your next kid’s party or just want to make the celebration more low-key, not worrying about goody bags is a good place to cut expense and make your party less extravagant. Also, if the kids had fun at the party and that is the main focus, the kids won’t even realize there wasn’t a goody given!