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Birthday Party Favor Ideas & Packaging Suggestions for Children's Birthday Parties

Updated on November 8, 2011

Fun and Easy Ideas for Children's Birthday Party Favors!

Birthday party favors are a common tradition to use if you are planning an event where gifts are received. They are most common at birthday parties. They are a very nice gesture to give as a "thank you" gift to your event attendees and are always well appreciated by party guests.

Party favors can be very simple, from a single item to a goody bag or "loot bag" filled with small trinkets, candy and other items. It is possible to create fun and memorable party favors for any budget. This article will give you ideas for making your own party favors as well as ideas on items that make good birthday party favors for children's birthday parties.

Packaging for Children's Birthday Party Favors

There are tons of options that you can use to showcase your party favors in.  Make sure to choose bright, vibrant colors that coincide with your child's party theme.

When selecting your packaging, please keep in mind that not all options are appropriate for all ages. The simple the better when it comes to party favor packaging for smaller children! Simple bags with no ties (choking hazard) are safe for children 4 and under.

Here are some ideas:

  • Cello bags tied with curled ribbon

  • 'Take-out' boxes

  • Organza bags

  • Decorated (stamping, painted) white boxes

  • Decorated paper bags

  • Miniature buckets

  • Tins

Selecting Party Favors for Children

Birthday party favors for children are some of the most fun party favors to arrange! The best favors for children's parties are small trinkets, candy and items to celebrate the event with.

There are several things to consider before setting out to purchase or make party favors for children.

  1. How old are the children that you are buying party favors for? Please be aware of choking hazards for small children and for brothers & sisters at home that may come in contact with the goodies that you give as favors to your guests..

  2. What is your child's birthday party theme? These days, it is possible to buy many party favors with licensed characters such as Mickey Mouse, Hannah Montana, etc. Combining one or two licensed character products with other generic items that are appropriate for the theme is usually most cost effective, as licensed character goodies are more expensive.

  3. This may sound obvious, but some parents forget to engage their children making choices that relate to planning the party. Set a budget and allow your child to select/help create party favors for his/her friends. Your child most likely has a much better sense of what his or her guests will like!
  4. Are the children receiving the party favors male, female or a combination of both? If your child is having boys and girls at his party, it is a good idea to buy favors that are unisex, or consider creating separate bags for each child, depending on the gender. i.e., a little girl probably isn't going to want a rubber snake, but she'll love some pretty princess stickers!

Children's Birthday Party Favor Ideas

After taking into consideration the ages and sexes of the children that you will be purchasing for, here are some classic, unique & affordable children's birthday party favor ideas for your next party!

Classic Birthday Party Favors

  • Items that help your guests celebrate! Noisemakers, noiseblowers, etc.
  • Bubbles
  • Balloons
  • Candy items
  • Jewelry

Unique Children's Birthday Party Favors

  • Die-free, no sugar added, organic candy - Many parents will appreciate this!
  • Party favors that match your child's theme (Hannah Montana, Dora the Explorer, Etc.)
  • Personalized Party Favors (Custom T-Shirts, monogrammed items, or items with your child's name such as personalized candy bars, custom pens, custom pencils, custom stickers)

Affordable Children's Birthday Party Favors

  • Shop online in bulk
  • Purchase items such as mini games, stuffed animals, at your local dollar store
  • Instead of party favors, have several D-I-Y (do-it-yourself) activities such as decorating a T-shirt or making sand-art bottles and letting your guests bring their items home as their party favors.
  • Make your own edible party favors - decorate your own sugar cookies, make your own candy
  • Make your own favors ahead of time with your child - handmade magnets, picture frames, jewelry - the possibilities are endless!


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    • kikalina profile image

      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      some great ideas. ty voted up

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      lxxy 8 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      A neat look into all the planning that goes into a very human thing. Thanks, I'll be adding this to the collective memory banks. ;)

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      mamahops 8 years ago

      Thanks for the tips! We are having a birthday party in a few weeks for my daughter, and this gave me some ideas and inspiration.

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      advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

      Great job! What a helpful hub!

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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      Thanks for reading! I think it's quite common for children to have their first 'proper Birthday Party' around age 5 or 6. It sounds like your son has had a lot of great family birthdays, thus far. I think that extensively planned parties are more fun for the child when they can remember them better and their friends from school can attend and be their guests! Good luck on your next party! :)

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      This was as big fun for us as planning my son's party. We have an amazing and huge party supply store loaded with tons of this stuff! We always made our own bags from lunch sacks we'd decorate, cut the tops in fun shapes and tie closed with curling ribbon. Thanks for the great ideas!

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      I still have not had a proper Birthday Party for my 4 year old. The first two were with his grandparents and he was too young for a party. His 3rd was a smallish affair with a couple of his park playmates. The 4th again was with Grandparents. The next one will be the party we are all dreading and waiting for in equal measure.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      What a contrast! another good hub. Thanks for the ideas