Birthday season is fast approaching in our household. I have three parties to plan in just over six weeks. Two of them are two weeks apart. (Wait, where is my paper bag? Breath…breath…)
Besides deciding on a THEME for their party, the thing my kids like MOST is deciding what kind of favor to give, and WHAT to put it in. I have crafty, creative children, so we often make favor bags or treat bags… but we’ve occasionally splurged on “fancy” favors too. This post is all about a variety of options, in case YOU are looking for themes for kids parties!
As I mentioned, theme is key. Of course, sometimes the theme is the hardest part! My oldest son is all about Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Legos. Even though his party is first up, we are STILL working out the final theme. To help him decide, I rounded up a few favor ideas…
If he decides to go with a Harry Potter Birthday Party, I found a tutorial on how to make these super fun Harry Potter “Quidditch” treat bags at iVillage:
If he goes with a Star Ward birthday party, I found an adorable Father’s Day post with Star Wars treats, from Sandy Toes and Popsicles… some of the ideas would be perfect favors for a Star Wars birthday party. Check out THIS one… Hans Rolos: (and click on through for FREE printables for several others too!) Key to this post is the material list and FREE Starwars Printables.
For a fun and colorful read, full of LEGO birthday party ideas, check out Crunchy Catholic Momma’s blog post about her son’s lego party. GREAT ideas all around, including these super-easy Lego party bags, Lego party games and more!:
Now, my middle child (also a boy) has similar tastes to his big brother. Any of the ideas above would work well for him too. The only other ideas HE might have is for a Dinosaur Birthday Party.
Found these CUTE Dinosaur favor ideas, from the hostessblog. The toppers would be easy to make with cardstock and some clip-art. She even shares fun and easy Dinosaur party food.
When I did a search for “art party” favors, I found this wonderful post, from Under the Sycamore, about DIY notebooks and crayons. These items were actually made and sent to children in Haiti. You’ll have to click through and read all about it. I love the idea, for so many reasons, and would love to make some for party favors too!
And… last but not least… my little Princess Martha. She is turning FIVE this year, and already had a very specific party idea in mind when I asked her. No worrying about WHAT her theme was going to be… she knew immediately… Fairy Princess Ballerina Birthday Party! Nothing like combining everything you love into one theme, eh? Thankfully Fairy, and Princess, and Ballerina are easy themes to find and easy to work with. Because she was so decisive, I actually know exactly what we’re doing for HER party (her brothers better get busy with their deciding!)
We are starting with these super fab ballerina treat bags from the Diva Entertains shop:
Martha wants each of her guests to receive wings… a wand… and a tutu. I told her that wings and a tutu won’t fit in the ballerina bags, but she wasn’t worried about that! So… I’ll be getting tutu and wand materials from Hobby Lobby to make THESE, from The Modest Homestead: (the wands will be made to fit the ballerina bags!)
We will be including candy bars wrapped with these Ballerina wrappers, with added customized text to include “Fairy” and “Princess”:
And Martha wants to add more items like plastic bracelets, nail polish, and a few other little goodies. The bags? I think they will be full.
Nothing but the best for my Princess… and her brothers!