Fantastic Birthday Party Ideas

Goody-Bags

For kids, nothing beats bringing home a goody-bag. Here's how you can send everyone off with something extra special and out-of-the-ordinary.

Catch It All

A pail with a twig fishing pole made from stick or string, gummy worms and a few chocolate fish can all be wrapped together in cellophane, tissue paper, or wax paper and tied with a ribbon.

Garden Goody

A large brownie planted with several "flower" lollipops will look like a little take-home garden.

Cool Aid

Fill little first-aid kits with bandages, toy stethoscopes, "prescription pads," and candy buttons.

Shop-a-rama

Create a penny candy store with little bowls full of candies, toys, stickers etc. Let the birthday child be the cashier and give the kids pennies to shop with.

All Aboard for Goodies

Let children use stickers and markers to decorate train cars out of small boxes, such as the white ones sold at stationery or craft stores. Later during the party, fill each with candy, stickers, and little toys. Then line the cars up in a row, add an engine and you'll have the perfect goody train.

Birds' Nests

Fill doll-size straw hats (available at craft stores) with raffia or moss and add a little feathered ornamental bird (also available for a dollar or two at craft stores). Perch a bird on each nest and then add egg-shaped wrapped chocolates, wrapped speckled egg candies or gummy worms.

Collector Kits

For a change of pace, give each child a stamp or coin collector starter kit.

Snow Globes

Give each child a single snow-globe that has a slot for a photo. Slip a Polaroid photo of the child taken during the party into the slot, and you're done.

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