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  1. Lynnette
    January 23, 2016 @ 9:00 am

    My solution to the gift bag nonsense is a craft or painting table. Supplies like paper lunch bags, construction paper, sea shells, paper plates, cardboard tubes, boxes, pieces etc. All recyclable items if the artwork needs recycling some day. Googly eyes are fun to add too. I like to make a few examples, like paper bag puppets, to get the kids started. Other times I have clipped paper to the fence for painting where they remain until dry.

    These are open ended projects, not kits with predetermined outcomes. The kids love it! It can take a little coaxing with so many kids used to kits and pinterest perfection expectations.


  2. Kim
    January 23, 2016 @ 12:18 pm

    I totally agree with you. I too have been guilty of creating those little bags of horror for my kids parties all the time hating the idea of them, but you somehow felt you were required to do them. In the last few years I started giving out gift cards for frozen yogurt as a way around the plastic crap, but I like your idea much better about inviting one more kid who would really appreciate the invite. Teaching a valuable lesson of kindness and acceptance vs entitlement!


  3. Egbert Souse
    April 10, 2016 @ 8:30 pm

    I agree with you-most “goody bags” are full of dollar store crap. What annoys me even more is the “cha cha cha” during the birthday song. It makes me crazy (cha cha cha)


  4. Danielle
    April 11, 2016 @ 8:47 am

    I couldn’t have said this better myself. I also have been guilty of providing “goody” bags. Half the time I forget to hand them out. And yes the ones they bring home from other parties I usually end up throwing away.


  5. Stacy
    January 25, 2017 @ 11:47 am

    I personally, enjoy doing treat bags. My son enjoys giving his friends treats at the beginning of the parties. I was taught my Son to understand that it’s better to give than receive…


  6. Sylvia
    January 25, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

    It is amazing to me that Mothers who loved things as a child are now saying how bad they are because they don’t want to deal with it. It is just a little bag of fun! It is just like people who went trick or treating as a kid, then took their children out but when they got older they can’t stand to have children come to their house. We have become a society of no fun if it is an inconvenience to me.
    I am an old grandmother but I will never stop having fun and letting my grandchildren have fun!


  7. Chelsea
    January 25, 2017 @ 9:25 pm

    I completely agree about goody bags. They contribute to our culture of overconsumption and environmental waste and my kids only enjoy them for as long as the afternoon lasts. I’m not “no fun”, but these meaningless things are a waste of time, money and resources. I’ve done things like a single container of good bubbles or something homemade in the past. It satisfies the desire to offer a token to guests, is inexpensive, and is something I know will actually get used.


  8. Teri
    October 12, 2017 @ 7:40 am

    I don’t remember this stupid goodie bag tradition growing up. I hate goodie bags but feel obligated because of all the kids asking for them. When did it become not enough that I just spent a small fortune to include you in a fun venue, let you play with your friends and have a great time, and fed you. Isn’t the birthday child the one who gets a gift? Why do kids think they deserve a prize for coming? Especially irking is when attendees aren’t obligated to give gifts to the birthday child, come empty handed, but expect to get a gift when they leave – and the parents don’t even reprimand their children for requesting a goodie to-go in those situations.


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