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Posted 07 July 2012 - 12:19 PM
Thought I'd get some opinions/ideas here. DS is having his 6th birthday party next weekend and has a pirate theme. I don't really want to do lolly/loot bags as I'm not in favour of my own kids getting bags and bags of lollies. I was thinking of doing up some plain cupcakes and getting the kids to decorate their own as part of the activities and they can take them home with a balloon.
Do you think the kids would be disappointed with a cupcake to take home?
Posted 07 July 2012 - 12:22 PM
NO, I think they'd enjoy getting to make the cupcakes. An easier solution (and possibly easier to transport) is to decorate milk arrowroot biscuits. We did that for my son's fourth birthday party and it was a big success.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 12:25 PM
I'm not a big fan of lolly bags, either. I'd be happy with a cupcake and balloon (will it be helium?).
Or if you are after other ideas, can they make/decorate an eye patch, and take that home, and buy some cheap material and cut it up into pirate scarfs?
They may already have those things, but it is still fun to have more in the dress-up box.
Then print off a couple of pirate colouring in stensils and cut around the edges and roll them up like a teasure map.
Aldi does small packets of preservative free lollies with natural colour/flavour. I put one small packet in at our parties, and that is all that is edible. I figure it is reasonable for parents like me who don't like a lot of 'numbers' in their kid's food, but also stems potential disappointment from kids!
Posted 07 July 2012 - 12:29 PM
For my kids birthday party I did a lucky dip box. Kids loved it.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 12:32 PM
My sister did a lucky dip instead of lolly bags for her sons birthday party when he was about that age. She had 2 boxes, one with girls stuff and one with boys stuff (she told the kids that but let them pick from either, some girls wanted boys stuff but not a single boy wanted a girls one LOL).
Another time we made up a heap of 'treat bags' and filled them with a combination of party whistles, little notepads, parachute men, mini pencils/pens, mini erasers, mini slinkys, etc, all things from the cheap shop (they ahve awesome stuff in the party section), all the bags also had a couple of balloons and a lollypop.
I think the cupcake is a great idea too! Maybe a cupcake to decorate and then a balloon and a small lollypop or other treat as well, stickers or something that fits the theme of the party.
Oh, maybe they could decorate pirate hats! If you haven't already planned that, a hat and a cupcake they have decorated themselves would be plenty to take home.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 12:34 PM
At Ds1's party this year I got those bubble wand sticks for the kids. The ones at Woolworths in the toy section are $2 and quite nice. I think you can get similar in Big W for $1 ea.
ETA like these
I did tie on a little bag with a couple of lollies and a magic face towel thingie in it, and thank you tag on it too. I also had a few spares for the siblings that came along.
Edited by Frau Farbissina, 07 July 2012 - 12:40 PM.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 12:35 PM
Whether it's right or wrong, I think kids will be disappointed just taking a cup cake home.
I didn't do lolly bags for DS party last year. I bought frisbees for $1 in various colors and they all got a frisbee with a Freddo taped to it.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 12:45 PM
I have done the cupcake thing it went own a treat I bought some cardboard single cupcake boxes for them to take their cake in
We have also decorated little pots then potted some cherry tomato seedlings and they took theirs home that also went down well and the kids loved telling me how yummy the tomatoes were after a couple of months
You could also get them to decorate treasure chests (small noodle type boxes) and do a treasure hunt for the treasure (small toys bubbles whistles eye patches gold chocolate coins pencils & notebooks etc)
Posted 07 July 2012 - 02:39 PM
Thanks for the input ladies, really appreciate the ideas.
I should've added in my OP that We've got an entertainer coming in who will supply all the prizes for all the games and treasure hunt. So they will get some sort of trinket. I might just supply some extra trinkets.
I'll get some helium balloons and that can be taken home along with a cupcake
Posted 07 July 2012 - 02:56 PM
I have done the cupcake home thing and some kids looked a little unsure but they were polite I did throw a couple of extra little things in the bags. A pirate themed pencil and eraser could be cute. And stickers.
Edited by Ianthe, 07 July 2012 - 02:57 PM.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 09:39 PM
For my daughter's 6th birthday party we did a treasure hunt but before we went out they all decorated a treasure box. A very, very good friend of mine had painted the boxes pink inside and out and put a gold glittery bottom on the inside of the box. Then the guests decorated the boxes with stickers and jewels. Then they followed a treasure map to different points around the yard and collected all manner of things. They thought this was the best thing ever! And, I had parents and guests telling me weeks later how much fun they had
Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:01 AM
If they are going to win prizes and have a treasure hunt, I would actually recommend have party bags - either just bags of some sort, or noodle boxes. Put their name on it with big black texta, and then get them to put their "loot" into their own bags when they win stuff. Keeps it all safe, and so much easier when it's time to go home and they are trying to find their bits and pieces that they won.
When we have had an entertainer, I've always scheduled them to arrive 30 minutes after the official party start time, to allow time for the kids to all arrive and settle. So you could put a table somewhere with noddle boxes, or brown paper bags, and a whole heap of stickers (pirate theme is pretty easy to find - those little pads of stickers, with pages of themed stickers), let them decorate their own bag and put their name on it. Gives them something to do while waiting for everyone to arrive.
Leave them all the table so the kids can put stuff in there after games etc. Keeps their stuff safe, not lost, and something to take home at the end. If you wanted you could throw in some little stuff at some point when the kids are occupied elsewhere ("There is stuff in there? Really? How did that get there? It must have been the fairies?")
Oh, and an alternative to helium balloons if you wanted ... I've got the punching balloons from the reject shop for a couple of parties. Big round balloons with an elastic loop on it for punching. The kids love them, and they last a bit better than the helium balloons.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:05 AM
The cupcake sounds good to me, although I would not get them to decorate it.I would have pirate ones ready, all packaged up to go.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:06 AM
I did this for DD's birthday party and the kids loved it. Let them decorate over a tiled area though!!
Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:08 AM
My daughter went to a party and was given a colouring in book and a little pack of pencils as a party favour , she was very happy. but I do like the cupcake idea.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:49 AM
I think the cupcake idea is fine but if the kids are decorating the cakes themselves during the party I think you're going to have a hard time stopping most of the kids from eating the cupcake then and there and therefore they'd be left with just the balloon at home time.
Edited by BabyBumbleBee, 09 July 2012 - 09:52 AM.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:14 PM
After reading some of the PPs, I've decided to have the cupcakes already iced, so the kids don;t get into them before home time
Also I won't bother with balloons and put in a couple of freddos in the loot bag.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:33 PM
Woolies used to have Disney books at the checkouts that were $2-$3 each. I used to give those out.
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