Birthdays: No Gift Bags Please

We have been doing friend birthday parties on the even years and this year was a party year for all 3 older boys. Since we don’t live by family, I actually enjoy having parties for them and giving them a chance to get all their friends together and celebrate. One thing I don’t love doing is party bags. As my boys get older, there are very few things I can put in a bag that won’t get immediately thrown away, and after spending a decent amount on a party the last thing I feel like doing is adding $50 to the tab for gift bags for older boys.

So, this year we mixed it up and it seemed to go really well. I bought large movie theater candy in a variety of flavors (Walmart $1 each) and let each boy choose which one to take home. I had a few extras so no one was disappointed with what they ended up with and the boys seemed to think it was pretty cool to both choose the candy and have a huge one all to themselves. Plus, it was WAY easier and cheaper for me. I did attach a little tag that said,
“Thanks for making my birthday BIG fun. Parker.”
I’m sure someone creative out there can make that into a cute printable or you could just print them onto little mailing labels. What do you do inside or instead of gift bags?
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