Party bags – do you or don’t you?
I’m not a fan. One year, I tried ditching them altogether. I gave each child a Curly Wurly and a balloon as they left the village hall. The children were bewildered and my son has never been more ashamed of me. (Actually, he has but that’s another story.)
I’d got it wrong. You have to do party bags. Fact.
So what to put in them?
- Chocolate cake that will get all over the car on the way home.
- Shop-bought cake that will dry out (if not already dry, which it will be) in a kitchen cupboard for ten days before being chucked in the bin.
- Anything that:
- Makes a noise.
- Requires help from an adult.
- Causes arguments with siblings.
- Is educational.
- One joke ring that squirts water.
- One novelty straw.
- One balloon.
- If you must, cake, well-wrapped.
- Lots of sweets (come on, it’s a party).
Yes, party bags are essential. No, their aim is not to impress other parents.
Party bags are all about the children. Remember that and you’ve got it sussed.
P.S. My days of party bags are, thankfully, over. Do them up to year 6 and then stop with a clear conscience.