In a previous post, I wrote about party packs possibly turning into a war between moms. As much as I joked with one of my friends about getting revenge for Pixie’s Fizzer-induced sugar high earlier this year, I have decided not to do party packs for either of the girls’ parties. (Apologies to the parents who were hoping to raid them.)
(Also, you’re welcome.)
Here are a few alternatives to a sugar rush:
1. A T-shirt
Mr Price, Ackermans, PEP and JET all have nice T-shirts for R40 or less. Roll it up and tie with a ribbon, or put it in a plain gift bag. Even with some form of packaging, it will probably work out cheaper than doing party packs. Just make sure to leave the tag on in case your size estimates are a bit off.
Every child I have ever met has loved bubbles. Okay, so some were a bit scared of them at first, but once they figured out the bubbles wouldn’t hurt, they wanted to play. This is a cheaper alternative to a bag of sweets.
Stationery shops, the Crazy Store and Evermore all have a wide variety of stickers. Give each guest a sheet of stickers to match the party’s theme. Again, less expensive than a party pack.
4. A make-at-the-party take-home craft
This has the added benefit of keeping the children occupied for a while. It can be anything: icing cupcakes, making masks, decorating fairy wings – whatever matches the theme.
Do you do party packs?