Thursday, August 11, 2011

Carnival Favors

We are getting closer to Ethan's big birthday carnival!  He is very excited!  I wanted to share a few things from our party preparation.  I plan on having carnival games for the kiddos to play where they will earn a ticket at each game.  The tickets can then be turned in for prizes (the party favors) at the prize station.  I wanted to share two of those prizes.

My philosophy on party favors is that I like to give the guests something useful rather than something that is going to end up in the bottom of some basket a day later.  The price of party favors can add up, so I like to spend my money on things the kids are going to use.

If I can, I like to find ornaments for favors that match the party theme.  My mom and grandma started a tradition for my sisters and me when we were babies, giving us a different Christmas ornament or two each year so that when we had our own Christmas tree, we would have ornaments from our childhood to fill the tree.  In turn, I think it is fun to give an ornament as a special memento that when the kids pull them out each year to put on the Christmas tree, they have memories of their birthdays.  I found these ornaments at Kohl's last Christmas on super-duper clearance (plus my 30% off - LOVE Kohl's!)

What kids doesn't like to play with chalk?  I purchased an economy pack of chalk and broke it down into "individual servings" for each of the kids using cello bags.  I think you could package pencil shavings in a cello bag, add ribbon and it would look lovely :)  I adore cello bags!  For the chalk, I topped each bag with the printable paper from my carnival printable package from Dimpleprints.  The tags are from Anders Ruff.  I added a ticket behind the tags, and voila, a cute carnival prize!

(As a side note, yes I am a printables junkie.  I usually use two or three sets per party because I can never narrow it down!  There are too many talented graphics designers out there!)

I am just loving this carnival party!

This weekend we are finally having our Trailer Bash.  I am looking forward to a night out with my adult friends!  It has been a long few months and we could all use a good laugh or two!  Have a great weekend!

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