June 7, 2011

Party Favors the Kids Can Make…

If you’re like me, you’re getting tired of spending all the time and money to throw your kids wonderful birthday parties only to be left wondering what kind of fabulous gift you should spend even more money on to send home with each little party go’er…
Well, personally, I’m trying to move away from the party favor/gift bag craziness.  Last year for Delaney’s party, we had a great American Girl Craft Party where the girls made their own favors as part of the party.  And the year before that, we had a Tie Dye theme for Delaney’s party where the girls tie dyed a shirt and wore it home as their favor.  (Click HERE to see the mini album I made featuring all the fun of the Tie Dye party.)
This year, Delaney wanted to take three friends to dinner at Benihana and then back home for a sleepover.  Since dinner was going to be pretty expensive, I wanted to do some cheap little favors for the girls.  While I was thinking about my plan for the party, we got in some fun little tubes at the scrapbook store where I work.
The tubes are about $1 each at the store and are about 1 1/2″ in diameter and 8″ tall.
We gathered our supplies. (Of course I used my new favorite Willow House piece, the Riverstone Tapas Set…so useful, but I digress!)  Delaney wanted some fun bright colors for the tubes, so she chose Jelly Belly Jelly Beans in the colors she wanted (frankly the most expensive part of this project, you could choose any little candies that fit in the tubes).  Then we used some extra ribbons we had at home and a few little spools of $1 American Craft ribbon from the store.  I punched the tags with my large tag punch and printed out some cute cupcakes from a the Crystal’s {Playground} elements pack, a digi scrapping pack I got over at JessicaSprague.com (I made the invitations from this same kit, I’ll share them soon.)
Once Delaney had all her supplies, I left her alone to make up the favors while I finished cleaning the house.  I did have her let me know when she finished a step, so I could hurry in & shoot a photo or two.  Delaney’s 10, but I definitely think that 7 or 8 year olds could do this project by themselves or as a fun activity during the party.
In preparation, we cut the ribbons in about 4″ pieces and wrote the girls’ names on the tags.
Then the fun began….
First Delaney filled the tubes with jelly beans.
Then she added the cap.
Next, she tied a few ribbons around the tube, adding a tag to the top ribbon before tying it.
Such a fun, simple & inexpensive party favor!  Give it a try for your next party…birthday, graduation, 4th of July, Halloween…the variations are only limited by your imagination!
My Birthday Girl had a great time with her friends & everyone left with a sweet little memory of the party!
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