I threw my first birthday party for one of my children where activities were 100 percent of the entertainment. In the past they have wanted inflatables etc., and with those, you don’t fill the time. You just let those puppies run! I was nervous to do an all activities party because I didn’t know how many activities I would need or how long each would last with a bunch of 4-ish year-olds. I pictured flying through everything and then all of the kids just sitting there staring at each other and their parent’s staring at me and I’m naked! No wait, that is the nightmare I had about it the night before. I did wear clothes and successfully left them on.
This simple activity was what dreams are made of and how cavities come to be: DIY Candy Necklace Bar. They can wear them, eat them, or take them home as a super unique and easy favor they made themselves.
I bought different colored string and used Fruit Loops and several different types of Life Savers (gummy, orange mint, etc.) I also tried to use one inch cut pieces of Twizzlers, but the holes were not big and circular enough. Note to yourself: If you do this activity, use Red Vines instead. I think those would work much easier!
How cute and fun was this?!?! It’s affordable and not something you have likely done at a party before! Pin, share, enjoy and follow all of my party pants, right here…right now, y’all.
Photography Credit: Shelly Griffin Photography
If you are having a beach/pool/water party and more, try on this super easy, cheap and colorful party favor!
I got these cute buckets/shovel combos at the Dollar Store for..well…one dollar! Then I got an 80 count box of Pop-Ice Popsicles for 3 dollars! I filled the pails as a cute take-home and freeze summery pool treat! It was perfect for my 2 year old’s pool party and could easily be done a hundred fun ways for tons of themes!
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Whether you are fancy pants or not, whether you know it or not…the dollar store has been and will forever be your best friend when you are party planning. Even swanky parties can slip in dollar store items all the time.
For my girls double birthday party this weekend, I went with gumball machines and bagged baker’s twine tied baggies of multi-colored gumballs.
The machines came from the Dollar Tree for 1 dollar a piece. The gumballs I got in the candy aisle at Walmart and I got just over 6 pounds for 15 dollars after tax.
28 machines= 28 dollars
6 pounds of gumballs= 15 dollars
Total: 44 dollars
Price per favor: $1.57
It’s substantial, unique and the kids LOVE them! It’s hard to do favors for that good of a price that isn’t a random bag of nick-knack throw away toys. I think it’s a win!!!
Plus, if your child brings one home, don’t throw them away! Fill them up with jelly beans, M & Ms, or any small candy and use them as reward jars for good behavior, good school work, or whatever the going rate is for a jelly bean in your house!
Love the idea and want to do it? You can pre-order and do site-to-store and assure the number of items you want for your party. Nice little tip there…. That way you can avoid being there the day of the party praying they unloaded the truck with gumball machines on them. That sounds very familiar.
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This detail is from my Simple Rainbow Birthday Party I did years before I ever thought I would start planning parties. I still LOVE these favors. For these I used Izze drinks which are a colorful, healthier and already sweet in their original packaging. ‘
In small celophane bags, I added colored gumballs and Skittles to the bottom, centered a drink in the middle of the candy and added colorful paper straws. I tied them with orange ribbon and “Thank You” tags I stamped myself. They looked awesome on the tables and the kids loved them. AND I think they are unique which, you know, gets me all kinna’ excited!
I love the display, the color and the clean modern look. This favor WINS!
P.S.- These pictures were taken under fluorescent lights, our home’s previous owners favorite thing. The show must go on!
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Here’s a throwback to Halloween treat I made with my mom as a child in the late 80s. Today I made them with my toddler to give to her friends at church. Just take a Kleenex, wrap it around a sucker, tie a string at the neck, and draw a face with a Sharpie. Boom: old school, cheap, and easy Halloween DIY to do with your kids.