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May Flower Favor

I was in Target the the other week and they had these little (like micro) flowerpots with seeds and dirt pellet for a dollar. Now, the Party MOMster is itching for Spring. It was a long cold (sick) winter and April was pretty rainy. So, growing flowers seemed like a fitting activity to get us to where we want to be: Spring. The Party MOMster staff was very receptive to the idea. Growing flowers from seeds is so earthy and educational — bonus. Wouldn’t these make great party favors?

So, as with many of our ideas, we test them. The Zinnias and Marigolds have taken off like gangbusters. The dwarf sunflower was off to a slower start, but we have sprouts. The red peppers have shown no activity it’s been over a week — we are not counting them out. But, if we were counting on the peppers to hold the staff’s attention, Party MOMster would be watering dirt on her own by now.

But, you may say “These don’t really go with my theme.” (OK, this may not have even entered your mind. If it did, you are just as scary as me!) And I say, “It is all in the presentation.” You add a card with a sweet message (Thanks for making me feel special for my Birthday. I could not have picked a better Friend) in your party colors and you are TIGHT! Here are some examples…

If anyone does this party favor or has done this party favor, please share. I unfortunately don’t have any May Birthday Parties except my own (less than a week away!) I must say the Party MOMster staff has been a bit secretive lately — it is either for my Birthday or a revolt.


Staff Tested Party Favors

The Party MOMster staff (they work for graham crackers) and I were inspired by a paper towel tube to make party favors. These favors are easy to make with any cardboard tube (each is half a paper towel roll) and tissue paper to start and then the skies the limit. We tried to make them without the tube — just rolling construction paper and tissue paper — it’s trickier to make and not very sturdy. So, stockpile your cardboard tubes.

Just remember that there is a very special formula when you are making many party favors — if you are making a lot, then keep each one simple. (This is a painful lesson learned one Valentine’s Day when making cards for a class of 25) But, as my staff can show you from these prototypes; there are many possibilities and they had fun doing these. Depending on your staff’s experience level, you may want to do the wrapping and they can add the bling factor.

And from extensive testing (we tried shoving a lot of different things in a tube), we came up with a list of things that you could put inside for party favors: wrapped candy, crayons, stickers, lollipops, Pez dispenser, plastic beaded necklaces, bracelets, rings, barrettes, chapstick, matchbox cars (many not all sizes fit) and Littlest Pet Shop Character.

These favors work on many levels. Aesthetically, you can tie your favor in with your theme, like the Littlest Pet Shop — just by using wrapping paper or stickers. And they look super special. On the practical side, because the doo-dads are hidden, you don’t have kids pulling them out right away and comparing — “Oh, I wanted a blue one” — which often happens when you don’t get absolutely the same thing for everybody.

Finally, having kids help with any party preparations is a great idea. I feel it teaches generosity. Your mission is, of course, to make the Guest of Honor feel special, but you also want the party goers to have fun and enjoy themselves. For the Party MOMster, the ultimate goal is for everyone to walk away from the celebration feeling good.

Any favor tips or ideas, bring ’em on.

Balloons with an Attitude

Two close personal friends of mine (I’ve known them since birth), reminded me of a fun party activity/decoration. We once got these cool stickers with a helium tank and balloon kit. We decorated them before the party and then used them as decorations.

But, I think this could be a great activity for party guests if they are waiting to be served. You could tie a balloon to each chair and then have stickers on their place setting.

The decorated balloon could then serve as a type of name card if they get up from the table and get back. I’ve noticed that younger kids are somewhat territorial. If you can get them to be happy with where they are sitting once. Just have them repeat — any change seems to be very unsettling.

So, I found these stickers from Oriental Trading.

They don’t have to be faces, any stickers could be fun. But, I think you take that balloon by the string and say, “Just don’t float there do something.”

Party Tableau from My Talented Staffers

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