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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    Oh, don't get my started on goodie bags! I don't do them, and I don't take them home with me from other parties, either. I really don't feel the need to have a party at all. Last year we took a friend camping with us. A couple of years ago we took two sets of siblings to dinner for make-your-own pizza night. Weston's birthday this year, we let him choose what to make for dinner! But when I do throw a party, I invite everyone.
    I am not a fan of goody bags. Who needs a pile of dollar store junk? I don't hand them out. I try to find something useful and fun to give to each child. We do like for DD to be able to give each of her friends a little something. This year she is having a Queens and Kings party so I am making a cloak for each child. It is more work, but way cheaper as I already have a bag of fabric. All I need to do is sew them up. And DD is enjoying watching and talking about which of her friends will get which cloak. We are also doing a crown making craft. So essentially they will get a costume for the party that they get to keep. And hopefully it will be a toy that is used for a while! In past years we have done dress up hats and books as the "party favour".
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    Am I the only one who never gets enough kids to come to have a decent sized party? Geez I WISH my problem was figuring out what to do with a pile of presents from a ton of people. I'm lucky if i can get three people to come for the kids birthday....
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuchsiasky View Post
    I am not a fan of goody bags. Who needs a pile of dollar store junk? I don't hand them out. I try to find something useful and fun to give to each child. We do like for DD to be able to give each of her friends a little something. This year she is having a Queens and Kings party so I am making a cloak for each child. It is more work, but way cheaper as I already have a bag of fabric. All I need to do is sew them up. And DD is enjoying watching and talking about which of her friends will get which cloak. We are also doing a crown making craft. So essentially they will get a costume for the party that they get to keep. And hopefully it will be a toy that is used for a while! In past years we have done dress up hats and books as the "party favour".
    LOVE that. I love giving one cool thing instead of a bunch of cheap crappy things. One year I baked cookies for the take-home too. Those cloaks sound great.
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    Cloaks are an awesome idea!!!!

    Susan - birthday parties for the kiddos are such a "thing" here. We just got another invite from one of T's classmates yesterday - not because we are close with that family but just because everyone invites the whole class. In the past I made sure that we went to all of them out of some sort of idea that it was "good for" T to socialize with his classmates outside of class, which seems to be the prevailing attitude since most of the other kids seem to go to all of the parties as well. I swear though, I don't know if it's the pregnancy or what, but I'm getting a lot grumpier about the whole thing these days.
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    The cloaks are actually turning out to be a lot of fun to make. I am just doing a simple draw string top with elastic for the tie so they can put them on themselves. I don't even have to hem some of them due to the types of fabric. I have all different kinds of faux velvet and satins so they are pretty fancy. And I think I have spent all of $14 so far on supplies. So cool and so cheap!
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    OMG Fuschia, that sounds like such a great idea! Maybe for a party craft you could let the kids go crazy with fabric marker and/or glitter glue to personalize their cloak? A couple of years ago Tiven wanted a "princess cape" to go along with her princess themed party so I passed that idea on to my mom. Sadly, my mom's interpretation of it was a cape with a 2-foot train, which tied around her body with a 6-foot long sash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smsturner View Post
    Am I the only one who never gets enough kids to come to have a decent sized party? Geez I WISH my problem was figuring out what to do with a pile of presents from a ton of people. I'm lucky if i can get three people to come for the kids birthday....
    I've had this problem, too! Last year Tiven wanted a party at a pottery place and their minimum was 10 kids. She not only has a summer birthday, she's a summer holiday birthday (July 1st) so I was inviting friends, classmates, all of their siblings regardless of gender. Literally two days before her party I thought I might have to pay for 3 people who might not show up. Thankfully that night two of her friends got home from vacation and brought along their little sisters, and all was well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    OMG Fuschia, that sounds like such a great idea! Maybe for a party craft you could let the kids go crazy with fabric marker and/or glitter glue to personalize their cloak?
    Fabric markers would work. That is a great idea! I can't do glitter as we are renting space. (A huge playroom full of toys and comfy couches at the local neighbourhood house.) I don't really want to have to do much more cleaning than sweeping! I am also setting up a crown decorating station too so I am going to get a lot of the little sticker gems so they can make them nice and shiny. It has been really cool watching DD and her friend try them on as I make them. They have been queens, super heros, magicians and vampires so far. It is definitely one of the most versatile costume item.
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    I spent so much on Jace's birthday party last year and only 2 friends showed up Luckily, they were his best friends but it really made me sad for my money. No more big parties... The more intimate ones with kids he really is good friends with, make more of a memory. He was able to play with both of them and talk to both of them equally.

    I loathe goodie bags and I am not against gifts, but I don't buy them anymore... I buy gift cards now He and his friends are at the age where they can take their $10 or $15 gift card and choose something they like.
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    We have had a few bad years when very few kid come but other times we have more. Depends on the timing. Since Juliet's birthday is in late August we learned to have her party in September. Nathaniel's is usually okay but we had to bump it due to storm chaos and now it's on Thanksgiving weekend so it won't be a huge turnout. He is prepared for it.
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