Party packs have become an essential at party’s and they are my favourite part of the party decor but what do put in a party pack can be a little confusing.
So how do you decide what type of party pack to do and what to pack into them?
Toddlers do not need a bag full of sweets so until they are about 4 I would choose a toy/small item that fits the theme of the party to give to each child to take home. For my son’s 2nd birthday I made each child two cookies – one had their initial on and the other was one that fitted in with the transport theme. We attended a 4th birthday party where the mom gave each child a little colouring book and crayons with a packet of trail mix.
If however, you want the party packs to be eaten during the party instead of taking them home then you will need to try and cater for as wide a variety of children as you can, with special attention to children with allergies and intolerances. If the party is over lunch time then you will need to make sure you have something substantial for them to eat like a hot dog, hamburger or even a sandwich coupled with some treats like a small bag of sweets, chips, a sucker and/or a cupcake.
A few general tips and ideas when packing party packs.
- Try and find foods/sweets that fit your theme.
- Keep the sweets to a minimal – there are healthier alternatives.
- Bare allergies in mind – ask the moms if their children have nut allergies or are gluten or dairy intolerant.
- Be creative with your containers – you don’t have to use bags. Something that can be reused will be appreciated.
- Personalise the packs, this makes it easier to ensure everyone gets one and that they don’t get confused.
- Make a few extra, there is often a sibling who tags along or someone who never RSVP’d but arrives.
Have fun with the party packs. There is no rule as to what should go into them so work with your budget and your theme to create them.
What do you like putting in your kids party packs?