My brothers and I are throwing my mom a suprise party for her 60th birthday. There will be about 50-60 people attending. I need to think of some inexpensive party favors for people to take home with them. The colors for the party are light pink, lavender, and pearl. I need something that will go a long ways, and preferably NOT a food item (there will be enough food at the party).
Thanks so much,
Melissa Perez from Topeka, Kansas
By Tedebear (Guest Post) 02/09/2006
I know you want this day to be special for your Mom and her friends. Bless you for doing all this work. How about scanning some pictures of your Mom and her friends over the years and making booklets for them to take home? Everyone loves pictures and terrific memories of clothes and hair styles they would never think of having again! No matter what you choose, it will make your Mom feel so loved.
What a lovely thing to do for your mother. She will treasure the memory. Be sure and have a guest book for comments and signatures and maybe disposable cameras on a few tables for fun, candid shots.
A possible favor might be a tablespoon of wild-flower seeds, or whatever you can get in bulk, tied up in small net squares, with narrow ribbon, in your chosen colors. You can find these already cut, or cut your own. They go together fast. There are also tiny organdy bags at craft stores for pretty cheap...think shower or wedding reception.
It's very appropriate to send party guests home with a small remberence or "favor". Good Luck!
By DHoldbrook (Guest Post) 02/09/2006
I don't have any suggestions off the top of my head, but wanted to say that yes, having a small "party favor" or token gift of some type for your guests, is VERY appropriate thing to do at a party....regardless of the reason. I will be hosting my fathers 70th Birthday this summer so have also been wondering about some "giveaways" for the guests. Good luck to you and have a wonderful time!
By sueey (Guest Post) 02/09/2006
Hi. Going with the picture theme... I'd scan a childhood photo and then use walmart's photo service to print some great photos -- you can get 4x6 for 15 cents or 2 wallets for 50 cents.
Then punch a hole in the corner and tie in ribbon, then tape a favorite poem, personal message of thanks, bible verse, etc. to the back. Everyone will like them, they aren't hard to store or to make! You can even use them at each place on tables! Good luck with the party!
By Angelique Farmer (Guest Post) 02/09/2006
Why party favors? Why not? Some people just want everthing to be as nice as possible. I think a great idea would be to contact your mom's friends, family etc.. and ask them what she has taught them throughout the years. For example a phrase or motto that she is known for and type it up onto cards attached to the party favor of your choice. What about homemade fortune cookies. a reminder of the gifts she has given to others through the years. Sort of a "Momma always says" type idea.
I had a friend that used this idea::: she scanned pics of her parents around the time they were married .Wedding pic would be great. Then she went to the dollar store and bought cute frames.she made one for each married couple or each single person. You could make frames if you have the time & talent. Jan in NC
By Jill (Guest Post) 02/09/2006
Favors are a lovely momento to let the guests know that you appreciate their coming! I like the frame idea, and the booklet. The older I get (I'm 46, not too ancient); the more I appreciate the consumable favors, like something that can be eaten, or used up, like a nice candle. That way the pack rats can keep it, and the rest can use it up. If you have a good craft store near you, look in the bridal department--you can often find boxes of a dozen votive candles, in the glass holder, for very little money!
They will also have ideas for dressing them up; like pretty stickers, beaded trim, ribbons, ribbon flowers, etc. You could make stickers on the computer with your mom's photo or a favorite quote.
The little tulle bags someone mentioned are also good filled with candy.
There is a website: www dot victorineoriginals dot com ; and if you go there and go to the free patterns area, you will find some wonderful things you can make. You print them out on your computer and assemble. They have mini Chinese take-out boxes, pillow boxes, and two of my favorites.
The first one is a calendar that you cut out and assemble, and it makes a "ball", which you can flatten to put in an envelope. Last year, I put a photo of my family on one of the blank sides, and a favorite expression on the other end. I just literally cut a photo and glued it on the end, then photocopied it with my scanner and printed them myself. They take a bit of time to cut and assemble; but they're really neat!
The second are boxes, that when assembled, are the shape of a slice of cake; and when you put a number of them together on a plate, you have a "cake" to decorate!
You will have lots of food at the party; but candy is always appreciated!
Have fun, your mom is really lucky.
By Kathy (Guest Post) 02/09/2006
The votive idea is a great one! Votive cups come cheap and you can fill them with a candle or candies. One idea is to purchase clear Avery labels and print out something like : "Happy 60th Betty Jean, February 3, 2006! Thank you for sharing in our celebration." Print them out in a coordinating color and stick one to the front of each votice cup. You could even make some to decorate with and put candles in it. It looks neat when the light shines through!
Maybe you could go to a dollar store and get packets of flower seed 10/$1.00. Tape these to a stick (maybe cheap skewer sticks) and use to form bouquet center pieces. When quests leave, ask them to "pick" a flower to take home and plant.
I made up a good game for a brothers 60th birthday.
Typed a definition for the name of each person in the family that was there, and had them figure out how it was. Ran off copies for all. Used first and some last names.
Lovers may do this--Mary
Patron saint or music-----Cecelia
Volcano in Wash state----Helena
If you can't think of a definition, you'd be surprised how many of names may be in dictionary, may be name of tree or river some place have fun.
By (Guest Post) 02/10/2006
Maybe make a small booklet with a picture of your mother and some "it happened 60 years ago" news, maybe a picture of the fashions, or even a CD with music from the year she was born.
By fun-theme-party-ideas (Guest Post) 02/15/2006
If you are doing some sort of slideshow or video, you can feature your mom at different phases (with different hairdos, etc). Be sure to include shots with friends/family that are attending the party. Copy (burn) it onto a CD-Rom and give it away as a cherished memory of the event.
By debi (Guest Post) 02/16/2006
take pictures during the party with your digital camera. at the end of the party print them off on your computer and mount them inside blank cd cases. then use paint pens to put the caption on the outside of the case. we took pictures of the birthday girl with each guest, printed them off while the kids played, and handed them out when each guest left. it was a huge hit and very inexpensive
By Rowena (Guest Post) 05/14/2007
Hi I would like to share my thoughts. I am also throwing a 70th b-day for my dad. I will have 65 guests and I the giveaway/ favors that I will be making are tea bags. I made it personalized by printing a clear labels and personalized it myself!!! Colored printed in my computer...I bought dozens of tea bags...very inexpensive....Good luck
By katrina (Guest Post) 07/13/2008
What I am going to do is get candy sticks and print up something cute from a hallmark card. I'll wrap it around the candy, then put a ribbon around it.