I'm a goody bag hater. I actually try to avoid even getting one on the way out, but it's usually unavoidable. I never give my kids anything in the bag except maybe one piece of candy. So I am having my sons first real party (he's turning four). I've been contemplating the goody bag thing and I have come up with this: We are going to the firestation for a tour, then everyone is coming over to our house for cake and ice cream. Then my neighbor who is a cop is going to bring his police car over and let the kids sit in it (he will also be in uniform). So along with the theme of rescue vehicles the kids are all getting a firemans hat from the firestation (so no cost to me). That should be enough, but I love to go all out when I throw a party. So I'm making all the kids a police car out of a cardboard box. There will be handles cut out and it's something they can "wear" and run around in while holding. Everyone takes theirs home. Now of course, this only works when all the kids are the same age. No one especially older or younger is coming (like a sibling) so I don't have to worry about that yet. The cons to this idea is that I wanted the kids to be able to start playing with them during the party, but my house is small and there is no way there is room for 10 kids in boxes running around the house along with all the adults. So they will have to be in the garage, only to be taken home. And it will be a lot to make, but it's not hard and I love crafting. It should not be expensive, at least no more expensive then a typical goody bag. It takes construction paper (which I have) glue and a small, med. box. I believe I have all the supplies. I am likely to do something like this every year or nothing at all. Also, I have to make them all in November, b/c my sons birthday is Jan. 1 and I will not have time to do this in Dec. but this will prob. always be the way for his birthday,,, I'll have everything done in Nov.
Anyways, just wanted to give one more shout out for the firestation tour party. It's free and then you just have to come home and have cake and ice cream. I think the kids are going to LOVE it@