Every kids party should end with a party favor. A kids party favor does not need to be an expensive gift but rather a small memento for each child. Kids just love getting a gift regardless of the cost.
Party favors are also a great way to thank your guests for attending and show them that you appreciate them. We've put together a Top 10 list of party favor tips and ideas.
The first thing your guests see is the favor box or bag so make it interesting and fun. Match your favor box or bag to your party theme. For a twist choose something other than a bag or box to put your favors in such as a pail or water bottle while still keeping with your theme.
Another option is to give 1 bigger gift as a kids party favor rather than a bunch of little favors. When giving just 1 item be sure to give something a little more than the usual favor. It needs to be better than your typical favor since it's just 1 item and you should be able spend a little more since your only buying 1 favor per guest. We suggest items like a real Barbie doll at a Barbie themed party, 1 train from Thomas The Train at a Thomas The Train party or the Disney Cars DVD at a Disney Cars themed party.
Kids love being surprised and a party favor like this will not be what they expect . When hosts give 1 favor we also suggest adding a lollipop or small candy so the kids still get a sweet treat!
Remember Rule #1 a party favor does not have to be expense, so we're not saying to break the bank. The 1 favor should equal around the same as if you would have bought several little items. Also, when doing a bigger gift check out eBay. Often you can find new toys for less than the store.
Craft party favor! Have the kids make their own party favor with a craft activity. This is an excellent party favor, because not only do the kids get a great party favor this also doubles as a party activity!
Believe it or not kids love a food coupon! We've given McDonald's, Baskin Robbins, Carvel and Dairy Queen coupons and kids go nuts. They can't wait to get to the store to use their coupon and get their free ice cream cone or kids meal. Putting a food coupon in a favor bag is a fun and unexpected party favor.
Kids love sweet treats. A sweet favor such as cookies, brownies, cupcakes or any sweet treat you can imagine is typically a hit. We often make an activity out of this favor by baking the treats ahead of time, but leaving the decorating to the kids. Provide the toppings such as sprinkles, frosting, candy, writing gel and allow the kids to personalize their treat.
Be mindful of food allergies and make sure you don't offer something a guest is allergic to.
An activity book is super simple party favor that kids will love as well as their parents. Give an "activity book" favor bag. This is a favor bag with a variety of activity books such as coloring books, Mad Libs, sticker books, word searches and mazes. Be sure to also add a pack of crayons or crazy pencils.
These favors don't have to break the bank either as many Dollar Stores carry activity books.
Make chocolate lollipops using chocolate molds that match your party theme such as Mickey Mouse mold for a Disney party or an animal mold for a Jungle party. Funny enough children love to eat the heads off of their favorite characters! Package the lollipops in cellophane and tie with a ribbon and your done!
Personalized candy labels are available on-line. The labels typically fit Hershey Bars. They are personalized however you specify. You can purchase labels with the birthday child's name, age, and party date. Or you can personalize them to your party theme. For example, if you're throwing a baseball party then put the birthday child's information to appear as baseball stats on the candy wrapper!
A kids party favor can be something that is created at home for little expense. Create a CD of kid’s songs or for an older party popular music. You can create the CD and make duplicates on your home computer!
Fill a goodie bag with the traditional fun stuff. Kids are comfortable with the familiar so traditional kids party favors will be well received. Fill a goodie bag with small cars, bubbles, play doh, small balls, yo-yos, erasers, candy, animal crackers and so on.