Myth Busting Party Bags

Article by Nicky Carroll


Throwing the perfect children’s party takes a lot of planning. There are many details that you will need to take care of and one important task is putting together party bags for the guests to take home. If my children are anything to go by, emptying the contents of your party bag to see what’s inside is almost as exciting as the birthday party itself!

However, I read lots of posts from parents who really dislike party bags mainly because of the plastic junk that comes with them. They are usually filled with mass produced products from the supermarkets which mean cheap plastic toys that get thrown away within minutes either because the child has lost interest or the item has broken. But it doesn’t have to be like this! Party bags have come a long way in the last few years and children (and parents alike) do not have to suffer the plastic tat anymore!

Here we expel the myths to help you plan for a better party bag.

1. They are full of plastic rubbish

Most of us would take a trip to the local supermarket to buy the items to fill our party bags. The problem with this is that supermarkets sell mass-produced items, which means they are cheaply made and plastic. Buying your party bags online will give you so much more scope to buy a unique party bag. You are able to buy the exact quantity you need, buy a quality gift and choose something that’s not available on the high street. The cost of postage is no more than the costs of getting to the shops plus parking – and besides you get to peruse online at your leisure avoiding the bustle of the shops.

2. They contain several gifts

It’s not necessary to fill the bag to the brim with lots of little gifts. Children will appreciate a well selected quality gift that they can make use of and that will last longer than the time it takes to get home and eat the cake!

3. They are expensive

If you have decided on giving out party bags, you set yourself a budget. In my experience, most parents spend between £1 and £2 per bag depending on the number of children coming to the party. For £1 you can still get good quality items without resorting to the supermarkets, and you will be safe in the knowledge that the contents of the bag will not be thrown away because the gifts are useful.

4. They have to be bags

We are all too familiar with the character plastic loot bags. But there is no rule that says party bags have to be bags. Clever packaging can make all the difference. For example the gift you decide to give can simply be wrapped in tissue paper or cellophane. Or as an alternative you can hand out party cones filled with the gift or confectionery of your choice.

At the end of the day, love them or hate them, there is no denying that party bags are the finishing touch to any successful party, and don’t forget, a great way to get the children out of the door at the end of the party!


Written by Nicky Carroll

Birthday Creations, run by Nicky Carroll, supply a fabulous range of stylish and traditional party bags and wooden party bag fillers to make your birthday special. We offer great value for money and ideas for unique party bags.

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