For parents who are keen to avoid handing out the usual bag of sugary-artificially coloured and flavoured junk that seems to be the main-stay of the take-home party favour bag, we have got together a few alternative suggestions.
Firstly, the Kiddley reader who triggered the idea for this post is Carol of Kidding-around. Instead of letting her kids distribute sweet-bags or donuts to class mates on birthdays (their preschool, like our preschool, has a no-homemade-treats policy), they put together mixed music CDs of their favourite tracks. The kids design the cover art (above) and make a copy for each class mate. This would also be a wonderful gift to hand out at the end of a party to each guest. Check out (sm)all ages for some tunes to include that go beyond Barney and the Wiggles.
I also happened upon a list of favours for a 1st birthday party on Sprout. Rubber ducks, bubbles (to watch rather than playing with alone), sand toys (pails, shovels, rakes, molds etc), homemade t-shirts, egg-shakers and beach balls.
Other ideas for things to include in a favour bag (of varying expense):
Mini paint sets
Balloons or balloon animals
Plastic, paper or shell leis (flower necklaces)
Packets of mixed flower seeds (for a spring party)
Gift certificates (such as passes to movies)
Polaroids of the party
Crayons or colored pencils
Plastic costume jewelry
Hair bows and clips
Update: please respect your country’s applicable copyright and fair-use laws when putting together your party favours CDs. Thanks!