I do thank you gifts instead of lollies - I had sticker books at DS 2nd party for the kids and lindt choccys for the adults , for my nieces pool party we bought hibiscus printed canvass tote bags and put a pair of cute flip flops in for each of the kids
You can always get some bubble sticks which are $1 from kmart and big w with a thank you note attached. Which is inexpensive and if your dd is anything like mine she will love to play with any that aren't given away.
WHHYYYY are people throwing lolly bags away?? How ungrateful. Maybe just say 'no thankyou' next time?
For the record, I don't expect lolly bags at a party, usually by the time I round up 1 overexcited child + 2 siblings and try to shepherd them towards the door, lollybags are the last thing on my mind! But I do always give lollybags at my kids parties, they are my way of showing appreciation and thanks for coming and celebrating my child. I personally would feel rude if I did not give lollybags after a party.
As I said, I would give lollybags, but with the uncertainty of numbers at your party OP I like the idea of giving a lollypop as PP suggested.
My kids rarely get lollies but I expect them to at a kids birthday party and am fine with it. I also do them for my kids parties but I tend to chose the natural lollies with no added sugar and preservatives and I include a novelty thing in each bag.
As for the "maybe" response to an invite. God that annoys the hell out of me. A yes or a no, can't be that hard!
Nup don't bother.
I would give lolly bags after a birthday party at home, but I think a party in the park is a bit more of an informal/ casual thing.
I wouldn't worry about doing them. Most park parties I've been to haven't had them. If you're concerned, then doing lollipops or something like that would be fine - and probably more than most people would expect.
I'd also be asking for definite RSVPs from people, so that I could plan the amount of food needed.
My son had a space themed party and I put together little goody bags of bubbles, rockets, aliens etc and a fun sized mars bar and Milky Way.
BUT 3 kids turned up. I'd spent a fortune catering for the invited kids+ siblings that may come too.
While the kids really loved them, I don't think I will invest that much again.
If it were me I would do a lolly bag. I too would be annoyed at getting maybe's unless for good reason like heavily pregnant, just had a baby, sick kids etc
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