There are some great ideas here for alternatives to traditional plastic stuff in goodie bags. I love the pumpkin idea!
My dd's 4th bday party is tomorrow. We are handing out tie dyed tshirts to all (17!) kids. We had a lot of fun making them. It was a little expensive, but when I considered what would go into a regular goody bag, I guess it's about the same. In the past we have done either no bags or one year we did puzzles. For my dd's other bday party (only 5 kids from her playgroup) we are having goodie bags as well. They will have some beads and string for make your own bracelets, a little wooden box with jewels to decorate, and per dd's request, some "treats". She chose dove dark chocolates
We had fun putting these together while ds was napping one day.
I never liked the idea of goodie bags as an adult, although I do remember loving them as a child! Last month my kids and I went to a friend's party. It was a terrific art party- the kids got to bring home several projects that they made that day. They had a blast. There were traditional goodie bags for the kids to take home. I left with 2 crying kids because it was late, they were tired, and they didn't want to leave. It made the 30 min ride home a lot easier to have those goody bags. They played with the stuff in them the whole ride home. It also kept them from falling asleep, which was a bonus. So, I don't dislike them anymore.
I do hope that my kids don't come to expect gifts though. I'm hoping to talk to my dd tomorrow before the party about gift ettiquite