There’s a million and one variables involved in party bag prep and when starting from scratch a sense of panic can set in when realising you’re adrift in a sea of tiny gifts. Read on for a pick and mix of pieces to get you in the birthday bag frame of mind, or just tap up our super selection of Paperchase bits if you’re a Pinterest fiend who already knows what you’re after.
Crayons > Something arty to keep them entertained on the car journey home and potentially beyond could make you very popular with the parents of attendees. Avoid any form of wet ink or paint unless you don’t mind being invoiced for damage to carpets and car interiors. Stickers or crayons are much easier wins! Pop in a colouring book or notebook too otherwise you’re asking for your walls to be considered a blank canvas…!
Nibbles > Party bag tradition typically dictates that foods absolutely loaded with sugar should be included which, as we know, tends to push kids from excited to completely bezerk. Sunflower seeds or some fruit could make a welcome healthy surprise but taking top place for us are those little red boxes of Sunmaid raisins. Not only are they like healthy sweets but they also remind us of running around screaming as kids!
Balloons > Don’t worry, we’re not expecting you to inflate another hundred balloons but by including deflated ones in your party bag, you’re providing a challenge for the recipient. Double points go to those balloons with pre-attached elastic bands meaning they can be punched for hours – it’ll help disperse some of their post-party energy at least!
Cake > Pat yourself on the back if you’ve been expecting cake to appear on this list. A wedge of whatever creation you’ve bought or baked yourself is essential. Transportation is definitely a tricky one to get right – if you don’t follow the chocolatey vibes below, think about how fondant icing works wonders for structural integrity! Anything too spongy with cupcake-type-icing will likely smoosh…which might end in tears of disappointment upon returning home… which no one wants…!
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