Is it rude NOT to give out goody bags at your kids' birthday party? Some moms think that party bags are wasteful, filled as they usually are with plastic and sugary junk that usually gets thrown away at home. But others feel guilty and find it hard to part with the tradition of handing out party favors as a "thank you" to guests.
If you think a parting gift is a nice gesture, here are a few creative alternatives to the classic trinket-filled goody bag.
- Spend money on one nice thing (one piece of a favorite candy, a box of animal crackers, or a nice toy) instead of a bag of junk.
- Homemade cookies (or other baked goods) wrapped in plastic wrap and tied with a colorful ribbon.
- Do a craft at the party (paint pottery, iron-on t-shirts, color masks, decorate crowns, etc.) that the kids can all take home.
- Give each guest a book that goes along with the theme of the party.
- Balls, yo-yos, or Frisbees.
- A balloon.
- Burn a CD for each guest with your child's favorite songs.
- Art supplies like crayons and paper.
- Playing cards.
What do you think about goody bags at kids' parties? Are they a nice gesture or should we ban the tradition?