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You don't have to go into major debt to have a cute party favor at your next party.

child at a birthday party with party favors

Recession Mama: My three-year-old's best friend is having a birthday party. Her mom is planning a princess party and we were chatting about it at their school. After drop-off, I went to an ethnic supermarket nearby that specializes in produce. There I saw these adorable little teacup and saucer sets, probably meant for Turkish coffee. Six porcelain cups and saucers in pastel colors for $2.50 ... $2.50!! I didn't hesitate a moment before I scooped up a few sets. Two sets to make favors for the party and an extra set for a gift for a later party.

I have made favors for a fair number of birthday parties -- usually for very good friends. I've used books from the dollar store or miniature games from the toy district downtown. That way I can give a gift for the child and for the parents -- a gift of time. It is nice to have one less thing to do for a party and one less thing to pay for. One year, when my sister asked what she could do for a no-gifts party of ours, I asked her to fill a piƱata for the kids.

Back to the teacups ... I confirmed with my friend that the favors would be something they wanted, and that twelve would be enough. At home, I filled each with a beaded necklace and plastic ring (extras from previous parties), some princess-y stickers (bought earlier from the 99-cent store for an undetermined purpose) and candy (pastel Tootsie Rolls and lollipops from our overflowing candy dish). I wrapped them in cellophane -- I have a big roll from a florist supply store ($7.00 for 300 feet) and tied them with ribbon I had kept from some previous gifts. I ended up paying $5.00 plus tax and using things I already had for twelve darling favors. Even if I had bought the fillers, I figure the total cost would have been around $1.00 per favor, which is really good, considering how out of control favors can get. I liked them so much, I am attaching a picture!

teacup party favor by recession mama

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Julie June 1, 2009, 2:08 PM

When my daughter turned 4, we had a party craft where the kids painted tiny little ceramic pots that I bought at Michaels for pennies. Then, they planted a single annual in each pot and I gave it to them as a favor to take home. Just another idea.
This year, I’m combining my sons 6th birthday party with my daughter’s 10th since we have a big yard and their birthdays are 2 days apart. They will each do their own things with one common activity. Tye dying t-shorts. The finished products will go in their goody bag with other little art supplies.

vaserertide November 1, 2010, 11:28 PM

Can someone tell me a good wrinkle cream?

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