Once again some of the responses on here are, well, incredible
OP I always do party bags. They never have more than 1 lolly in them and the rest are stickers, stamps, crazy glasses - I googled party bag stuffers for DD2's 3rd birthday this year and found some amazing sites that had really cheap stuff. We had a ball putting them together, and DD2 had a great time handing them out. She's particularly shy and it was great for her self-confidence.
I always prepare more than I need and never have more than a couple left over. But our parties always have a start and end time and are never really a "drop in if you are free" kind of party as with so many kids I need some certainty. We often have 20 to 40 people at our parties.
Depending on the age of the child I've also given out helium balloons and golden books to each child.
And the point of my post was to illustrate to the OP that in this situation (casual park party, lots of maybes, busy time of year) that no one should be expecting anything other than a nice kids party, which is surely what they'll get lolly bags or no.
But feel free to misinterpret me if you like. It wouldn't be the hub if someones harmless opinion on a fairly innocuous topic didn't get blown completely out of proportion
Also for expecting party bags I expected them because all the parties had them, not cause my mum taught me to... and reading a lot of the posts I would agree that party bags at a casual park party is probably not necessary. I love the bubbles idea ^___^
How rude can you get throwing away a lolly bag? Just say no thanks I don't want one?
I'd make party bags, because it was kind of one of the lovely parts about a party when I was a kid. You'd had a great time, everyone had fun and then at the end you got sent home with LOLLIES?! WHAT DEGREE OF AMAZEBALLS IS THIS?! Hehehehe.
I'd make them because for me it's just part of what makes up a kids party, but I wouldn't expect them at another person's childrens party because *shrug* not everyone does them, you know? Especially with the allergies etc floating around these days that every child seems to have something they can't eat and that way they have a few little party toys or something instead.
I might change to a 'treat' bag instead given that very issue myself actually. Saves mums and dads from having to take them off their disappointed child heh.
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