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Some of my Favorite Kid's Party Favors on Etsy

Having gotten a lot of kid birthdays on our site, I thought I'd write about some of my favorite party favor ideas on Etsy.

Recycled number crayons from ivylanedesigns.  I thought these were cute, original, and not too expensive at $20 for 30 crayons.


Recycled number crayons party favors

For an all-girl slumber party, hair bows with a thank you note from FavorMyParty can't be beat.


Hair bow party favors

An idea for those with an unlimited budget... super hero capes from Custom Kids.   At $10 each, these get pricey, but they're cute and original.


Super hero party favor capes with customized initials

Crayon keepers to take to restaurants or on trips.  Here's a mini one from bowssosweet that holds four crayons for $2.50 -$3.00.


Crayon keeper party favors

Cute personalized children's bracelets for $3 each from stargazinglily. Depending on the bead choice I think these could work for boys and girls.


Children name bracelet party favors

And finally, to go with something simple and sweet, some gorgeous, individually wrapped cookies from FunFavors at $2.00 - $2.50 a cookie.


Festive and fun sugar cookies

I hope this has inspired you to go beyond bubbles and superballs.  But then again, bubbles and superballs can be pretty fun too.

DIY Cupcake Mix Party Favors

I just saw this on the Party Box Design blog and love this idea -- DIY cupcake mix party favors.

Jessica, from Party Box Design sent her guests home with these from a recent cupcake-themed baby shower she threw.

The best thing is if you read her post on how to do it, it doesn't seem very hard or very expensive.

I'm a Sucker for Cute Favor Boxes

How cute are these cake favor boxes from Paper Cakes by Rachel.  They're so cute I want to eat them.

Here are some other cute ones.  (These, however, I don't want to eat.)

How to Throw an Out of this World Bar or Bat Mitzvah

I love Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.  I love them because they're like weddings, only a lot of times, more festive.  You can go over the top with a Bar or Bat Mitzvah and nobody cares because it's a party for a 13-year-old!

So to get some insight into what's hip and cool right now in the world of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, I talked to two event planners -- Terri Bergman on the east coast and Carol Rosen on the west coast -- who plan a lot of them.

Terri of Terri Bergman Events, based in Washington DC, says she likes to think of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in terms of two party areas within one room -- one area for the adults and one for the kids.

The adult area is usually more traditional with a seated meal at tables, but for the kids party, she likes to keep it casual.  She create lounges, renting furniture to make the party feel more like a club than an event.


A Bat Mitzvah lounge for the kids designed by Terri


Another one of Terri's lounges


And another...


Basketball centerpieces at a Bar Mitzvah designed by Terri


Lighting and video screens at one of Terri's Bat Mitzvahs

She also likes finger friendly food for the kids: sliders, Chinese food in take-out containers, Japanese food in bento boxes, fries in cones, etc...

And to keep the kids (and the adults) entertained, she likes to have activities going on during the party.  Some of her favorites are:  a casino table, a cell phone bling station, a temporary tattoo or airbrush artist, Guitar Hero, flip books (which I wrote about here), or Dance Heads.  According to Terri, people love personalized activities and they love having pictures or videos of themselves to take home.

When I talked to Carol Rosen of Party Designs by Carol, based in Los Angeles, she said she also likes to do lounges for the kids and sit down dinners for the adults.  She's a big fan of casual kids buffets, food stations, and candy tables.


A kids' lounge at one of Carol's Bar Mitzvahs


A dramatic table at a Bat Mitzvah designed by Carol


A candy table at one of Carol's Bat Mitzvahs


Lighting used to highlight a room at a Bar Mitzvah designed by Carol


A "red carpet" set up outside one of Carol's Bar Mitzvahs

For activities, she likes setting up a karaoke station or a Rock Band video game station.  She also likes airbrushing, temporary tattoos, and Dance Heads.   But another way Carol likes to get the party started is by hiring DJs that provide trained dancers or "party motivators."  These dancers get to know the kids during the cocktail hour, then keep them dancing and having a good time throughout the night.

In terms of party favors, here's where we get an east coast/west coast split.

They are a big thing on the east coast.  Some of Terri's favorite ideas are personalized sweatshirts, tank tops, boxers, fleece scarves, or beach towels.

On the West coast, favors are not as common.  Carol like to have cards on the table that say a donation has been made in the guests' honor or she likes edible takeaways like a bag of bagels and cream cheese for each guest.

Please know, the parties I'm writing about are the big ones -- we're talking $50k and up.   Most of us can't afford them, and according to Terri and Carol, budgets, even in this stratosphere, are coming down.

So use these ideas and photos as inspiration, but don't be afraid to talk to an event planner if you are having a much smaller Bar or Bat Mitzvah, because believe it or not, with their connections and know how, they can actually save you money.  That's right... save you money.

And if you don't believe me, call Terri (on the east coast) and Carol (on the west coast) and ask them yourself.  They'll be happy to talk to you.

A New Blog Post About Catch My Party

How cool.  Dulce from FunFavors wrote a great post about us.


Lollipop sugar cookies by FunFavors

She also added this fun Family Guy-themed birthday party to our site.

Check them both out.  And a big thank you to Dulce!

Also, my next post will be about a few of my favorite party favors on Etsy.  I'll be including some beautiful treats from Dulce, but in the meantime, check out her FunFavors Etsy store as a sneak peak.

Party Flip Books -- Have You Heard Of Them?

I'm always looking for that unexpected "thing" at a party that gets people to step outside of themselves so they can relax and have fun.

I just saw party flip books for the first time, and thought this might be just that thing.

So what is a party flip book?

Well, it's just what it says, flip books (those little books you flip through that look like little movies) made at your party of your guests doing silly things.

A company like Pic Flips sets up a little 10'x10' studio at your event.  Your guests, using props, signs, and anything else they can think of, make 6 second videos that in about a minute and a half are turned into tiny flip books.

A couple great things about the concept... it creates something fun for your guests to watch as people make their videos, plus guests have something to show off (their little flip books) and take home.   You can even customize the cover with your party logo.

I don't know how expensive this whole shebang will run you, but I think this could rock at a wedding, Sweet 16, Bar or Bat Mitzvah or any other big function where you want to get your guests to loosen up and have some fun.

Via  Pic Flips

The Party was a Success!

The party went off without a hitch!!  Lainey had a great time, we had a great time.  It was a lot of work, but well worth it.  Here are some pictures to show you what it looked like.

Setting up before the party.  Everything was in Lainey's favorite colors -- pink and purple.  The day couldn't have been more beautiful and if you look in the distance, you'll see the ocean.

The birthday girl arriving at her party...

Lainey and me before the party started.  Notice our party beads.  All the kids got pink and purple party beads as a welcome gift when they arrived.

One of the guests brought rocket balloons, which was a great addition to the party.  Here's David surrounded by the kids as he works the magic rocket balloon launcher...

Goofy Gil, the entertainment, who really got the party started...

And it wasn't called "Lainey's Dance Party" for nothing.  Serious dancing occurred.  When I asked Lainey what her favorite part of the party was, she said, "The dancing!"  I did my job.

And to any three year old (and most adults), the most important element... the cake!  This one was from Susie Cakes in LA.  It was well worth the expense.  Beautiful and delicious.

At the end of the party, I gave out these gift bags.  To seal them, I got stickers made at Kinko's of the picture on the Cocodot invitation.  Inside was a pink glow stick, some Silly Putty, and some Wikki Stix.

All in all, it was a really great day!  And to make sure Lainey remembers this when she's 20, I've got the pictures to prove it!

3 Days Until Lainey's Birthday Party... All the Deets

So Lainey's 3rd birthday party is this Sunday and I'm excited.  Even for this "nothing special" party at a local park for 25 kids and 35 adults, it's amazing the number of lists I have going, and the amount of time I've spent planning instead of blogging.

Now that it's all set, here are the details... For the kids, I've ordered pizzas from Rosti, a tasty local Italian joint up the street, and for the adults, as I mentioned earlier, I ordered the most awesome 24 inch sandwiches from Bay Cities Deli.  Delish!  To go with the sandwiches, I bought a case of Kettle Chips on Amazon.  I'm addicted to Amazon Prime.

I splurged and got the cake from Susie Cakes.  It should be pink and purple with lots of hearts.  Direct orders from a 3 year old.

For entertainment, it's still Goofy Gil and we're thinking an hour of crazy dancing.   Let's burn these kids out.  And to make it festive, mardi gras beads in hot pink and purple for everyone (including the parents if they're game).

And as for party favors, I initially wanted to put together a mix CD of Lainey's favorite dance songs, but it got a little complicated, especially with song rights and duplication, so instead I bought pink and purple glow sticks, some Wikki Stix, and some old fashioned Silly Putty.  To be honest, I bet these go over better with the discerning toddler crowd.

In this economic climate and because we are starting a business, I've been trying to keeps costs down, but all in, this casual, low-key, (but hopefully still awesome) party wasn't as cheap as I'd planned.   This is why we will soon be creating a simple-to-use party budgeting tool to put up on the site.  I promised my husband I will be the first to use it.

Who Doesn't Love a Lollipop?

I think I'm in a nostalgic mood.  Today, my two-year-old daughter, pretending to be a doctor, gave me a shot, then offered me a pretend lollipop to make me feel better.  Remember when all it took to make you feel better was a lollipop?

Well, I found this cool site called the Sweet Lollipop Shop that makes custom lollipops for all occasions and I thought what a great, inexpensive party favor idea.  They've got birthday and holiday pops, wedding and shower pops, and lots of pops for kids, of course.  Here are a few of my favorites...

A birthday lolly
A birthday lolly

Some baby shower lollipops
Some baby shower lollies

Musical note lollipops
Some musical note lollies

I also love the flavor selections.

Orange - orange Strawberry - pink Lemon - yellow Lime - green Cherry - red Raspberry - blue/teal Cheesecake - yellow Bubblegum - pink Apple - green or red Maple - brown Blueberry - blue Watermelon - pink/red Root Beer - brown

Plus white, milk and dark chocolate.

Yum.

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