It has become traditional in my children's circle of friends to provide goody bags at birthday parties. My son is having a large party and I'm afraid the costs for goody bags might get out of hand. Any suggestions?
Why not turn the goody bag tradition into an art project, and minimize the amount of goodies in each bag? During the party, provide blank lunch sacks and art supplies to each child. Kids can use crayons, pencils, markers, stickers and other objects to personalize their bags. At the end of the party, have a selection of very inexpensive items and let each kid choose three or four things to put in their customized bag.
I am throwing a baby shower for one of my friends. We are having a theme that focuses on pampering the Mom. Should I have party favors for the guests?
Whether or not you have party favors is up to your budget and your personal discretion. Favors are certainly not expected, but they are always a welcome surprise. Since you are having a 'Pamper-the-Mom' theme, your favors could reflect that. Perhaps a bottle of nail polish for each guest or a luxurious personal care product that everyone would enjoy.
When are party favors expected?
Party favors are never required, but couples will often place favors at place settings at their wedding reception or a milestone anniversary. Other people simply enjoy giving out party favors to suit the theme of a seasonal party. Party favors are an unexpected little thank you for guests-and always popular. And they don't have to be expensive; it can be something as simple and elegant as a single piece of wrapped candy.