Why some parents are saying goodbye to goody bags

27 Mar 2015

While represent the classic icon of a traditional kids birthday party, some parents are choosing not to hand out but instead are opting for providing an experience. The mantra is making memories that last a lifetime rather than collecting trinkets that get used a couple times and then are tossed. Below are 5 birthday party experiences in lieu of .

1. Baking Party

Kids will have a blast playing the role of little bakers. Start off with plain white aprons and personalize with brightly colored markers. Provide each kid with a custom recipe including fun facts about the birthday child’s favorite cake or toppings. Next kids learn how to bake cupcakes or cake, by measuring the right amount of each ingredient and mixing in the recipe order. Finally comes the fun part of decorating the final product with frosting and toppings. Send each kid home with his/her new apron, recipe and baked masterpiece at the end of the party.

2. Painting Party

Art parties are a great way for kids to express their creativity. Go all abstract and let kids splatter paint all over the canvas or use a model painting that each kid can try to replicate with a little guidance. Bringing home a full painted canvas is really special. Hang it on a wall and your child’s fine art will be treasured for a long time.

3. DIY Superhero Capes and Masks

With not a lot of effort and some colored felt pieces, scissors and a glue gun, kids can design their own superhero outfits of a cape and mask. Allow the kids’ imagination to run wild as they fly around the yard pretending to conquer the world and defeat the bad guys. Later at home, already-made props will be used over and over for superhero pretend play.

4. Jewelry Making

At a jewelry making party the possible combinations for necklaces and bracelets are endless. There are also so many different ways to store beads and charms. Try an egg carton, small sauce bowls or trays with square compartments. Get a good mix of colors, shapes and sizes and the kids will be busy for hours.

5. Rockstar Videos

Kids love to be on center stage and they become especially excited if they know they are putting on a show for their family. Host a rockstar party, let the kids get all dressed up, gel up their hair and yes, wear a bit of grownup makeup. Make a keepsake video of the big performance and give each child a take home copy. Instant stardom for decades.

You can host your own “experience” party with not a lot of effort by you. The key is actually to get the kids involved as much as possible so that they are the ones creating the experience. If this is still too much work, there are companies that will bring the experience to you, such as The Creative Capsule. This cool company is a mobile art studio and party space housed in a vintage Airstream trailer.

What other types of “experience” parties do you suggest?





As a working mom of twins, I look out for activities that are easy, quick and budget friendly with a creative flare. Likes to eat the frosting first!