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Are Birthday Party Favors Necessary?

Are Party Favors Necessary?

At the end of every birthday party, there comes that moment where the invited guests start looking toward the door. Before saying thank-you and filing out, they pause, knowing that there is one last party ritual to go through before heading home – the goody bag.

Party favors are supposed to serve as a token of thanks for attending a tot's celebration. While some families opt for bags prefilled with candy and dollar store items others go more elaborate, giving children personalized gifts that tie in with the overall party theme on their way out the door. Even the best-behaved child can turn into a greedy, present-starved monster when the favors come out.

Tired of finding little plastic trinkets scattered about their cars and playrooms, some parents simply toss the bags in the nearest receptacle, while others have chosen to forgo the practice of handing the goody bags out altogether.

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SugarKat SugarKat 7 years
It's gotten to be ridiculous...The party should be the favor...especially if the kids have fun, cake, and stuff. I think this year we'll do dollar store balloons and call it good...Good idea! My problem is that I just go overboard...it ends up costing too much. One thing that I like is making some sort of craft for the kids to take home.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
I hate getting favors. I think it's silly and pointless. My son ends up losing or breaking everything in a few hours, and we just left a birthday party, so he doesn't need candy. I like to focus on making the party so much fun the kids pass out in the car on the way home, and don't even think about a goody bag.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
A lot of it is total crap. Waste of money. I do like Anon @ 1's idea for helium balloons/ bubbles.
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