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Mommy Dearest: Looking For Inexpensive Party Favors?

Mommy Dearest,

My daughter's fifth birthday is coming up and I'm throwing her the typical cake, ice cream and pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey-party with ten of her classmates. It's low key and because I was recently laid off, low budget. In order to further cut costs, I'm thinking of skipping the party favors unless you have any ideas for inexpensive options?

— Birthday on a Budget

To read the response from Mommy Dearest,


Birthday on a Budget,

Instead of fretting over loot bags, try this inventive alternative that the girls will adore. Mix up some homemade face paint — it is made of just a few pennies worth of ingredients already found in your cupboard. Fifteen minutes before the party ends, set up a throne (chair covered in pillows or a fancy blanket) near the front door and invite each guest to sit down and be transformed into a princess. Paint a ring on her finger, bracelet on her wrist or crown across her forehead. The lil darlings will delight in their artistic adornments as they exit and won't notice the absence of loot bags.

— Mommy Dearest
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