Enough With the Out-Of-Control Birthday Party Goodie Bags, Already!

June 23, 2010 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

My daughter’s birthday is in July and I’m throwing her a relatively small party for family and friends in the local park. That’s all I was planning on doing until her preschool teacher mentioned another child’s parents sent goodies in for her class a few weeks back. Hmm, I didn’t know they did parties in her school.

Since then, the parties have been non-stop. Every week, there’s another party and every week the goodie bag my daughter brings home trumps the last one. At first, it was just a cellophane bag stuffed with a lollipop and a sheet of stickers. Then, it was a personalized paper bag filled with this crunchy fruit snack that’s all the rage and some other games and toys. Yesterday, my daughter brings home a new backpack that has a sippy cup, a coloring book, cookies, candy and a box of crayons in it. When did preschool birthday parties become a competitive sport?

I’ve decided I’ll send in cupcakes for the kids on my daughter’s birthday, but I’m really not into the sugar filled goodie bag–or any goodie bag for that matter. Dad, on the other hand, has been brainstorming 24/7 about what we’re going to do that will impress the other kids and parents. “We can’t look bad,” he says. Of course, what he really means is we can’t look poor…or worse, cheap.

So help me out here: do we buy into the goodie bag craze and send the kids home with pimped out party favors? Or, do we save the friggin’ money for something more important, get cupcakes and call it a day?

Here are some of the outrageous suggestions dad has sent me so far…

Yo Gabba Gabba! Radio Favor Box ($5 each)

Rock Star Microphone Cups ($3 each)

Neon Peace Sunglasses ($3 each)

Check out our guides to first birthday party essentials, birthday party essentials for girls and birthday party essentials for boys.

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