Sweetpea had her first "friends" birthday party this year, and they were so cute! I wanted to send the kids home with a little something, but it had to be both fun and affordable. You can see above what we ended up with - each one costing roughly $0.40! Here are some suggestions for making favors affordable:
1) keep an eye out for after holiday sales - the heart shaped bubbles were $0.25 for a set of ten after Valentines day, and they were a big hit with the 3-5 year old set at our party. Michael's crafts, Hobby Lobby, CVS, Wal-Mart are all good places to check - I check anywhere I happen to be shopping the two weeks following a holiday.
2) look in dollar bins or the clearance section in the party area for affordable trinkets or toys - the Backyardigans coloring sets are normally $1 for eight at Party City.
3) fill in as needed with snacks or candy you have around the house - that way you aren't buying something extra, and don't end up with something you don't want lying around afterward.
4) get creative with packaging - we used plastic cups and tissue paper that we already had at the house to package the favors. They were cute and a good way to recycle something from our kitchen and craft space.
5) keep it simple - favors don't have to be extravagant. Consider what the birthday girl or boy is interested and let that help lead you.
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