Are sparklers a bit of a crap party 'bag' idea?!

(38 Posts)
Pineappleandcheeseonsticks Thu 19-Oct-17 23:14:22

DS is having a bonfire birthday party for lots of children aged 4-11. I am desperately trying to think of something that will work for most ages instead of a party bag full of tat! I was wondering about a pack of sparklers each with a nice tag, and a piece of cake but not sure if that is a bit boring?

Any alternative ideas gratefully received!

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scrappydappydoo Thu 19-Oct-17 23:18:59

Nope - I would not give fireworks as a party bag present. What about glowsticks as a safer alternative?

KatnissMellark Thu 19-Oct-17 23:19:45

Terrible idea, sorry. I'd be really unimpressed. What about a toffee apple?

HorseDentist Thu 19-Oct-17 23:20:06

No way! No fucking way. You want to put potentially dangerous explosives that can only be sold to over 18s in a party bag for a 4 year old?

GetTheeBehindMeShatner Thu 19-Oct-17 23:21:51

That would be a bad idea. Just cake would be preferable.

AppleTrayBake Thu 19-Oct-17 23:21:58

Really bad idea to give 11yo's their own sparklers! What if they try and light them unsupervised without parents realising they have them?

WinteryWalk Thu 19-Oct-17 23:22:16

You’ve maybe not quite thought this through OP, how about good sticks/bracelets instead, you can get a tonne of them really cheap on eBay!


WinteryWalk Thu 19-Oct-17 23:22:40


Ummmmgogo Thu 19-Oct-17 23:23:11

I thought it was a nice idea. it's not like 4 year olds will have their own lighter to light them so not dangerous. but maybe it's just me and you who think like that op. just give them the cake?

Titterofwit Thu 19-Oct-17 23:24:12

Home made bonfire toffee
Toffee apples
Mini torch
popping candy
But no fireworks .

WhichJob Thu 19-Oct-17 23:26:29

What everyone else said. You have to be 18 to buy them so don't supply them to under 18s in a party bag. Toffee apple and a glow stick are fine!

CheerfulMuddler Thu 19-Oct-17 23:27:38

Treacle toffee! And some marshmallows to roast on the fire.

Pineappleandcheeseonsticks Thu 19-Oct-17 23:31:38

Ha, obviously not then! All the children are coming with parents (it's all families we know well) so they wouldn't be going home with them unsupervised. Any other ideas then please? I've got vegans and kids who are coeliac coming, so food stuff is difficult for party bags!

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theancientmarinader Thu 19-Oct-17 23:34:38

Are you going to pop a nice box of matches in the bags too?

No. I am the most relaxed parent in the world ever, but even I would draw the line at putting sparklers in party bags. If you are going to give them out at the end of the party, you hand them to the adult that collects the child, and make it clear you are giving them sparklers and giving them to the adult to supervise.... Not party bags. Nope. Nope. Nope.

Pineappleandcheeseonsticks Thu 19-Oct-17 23:35:09

Oh, and one family who can't have sugar!

I was originally thinking of small uv torches, but with twenty children coming it would be too expensive.

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Ummmmgogo Thu 19-Oct-17 23:36:44

vegan coeliac and no sugar? I would just shake their hand and thank them for coming! maybe a glowstick but that's still plastic tat really xx

LineysRun Thu 19-Oct-17 23:38:37

There are toffee apple recipes online that are vegan and gluten free. Or just have apples. And various sweets and crisps.

CheerfulMuddler Thu 19-Oct-17 23:40:08

Do you have time to do a craft activity? Pumpkin carving (get them cheap post Halloween) or decorating jam jars to make lanterns with tea lights to hang from the trees. Then they could take a lantern home at the end.

CheerfulMuddler Thu 19-Oct-17 23:42:42

Actually, re sparklers, surely instead of putting them in a party bag, the obvious solution is to do them up nicely with a tag and hand them to the parents at the end of the night?

DioneTheDiabolist Thu 19-Oct-17 23:42:48

Instead of party bags, what about having some empty plastic bottles, glow sticks, string, googly eyes and adhesive hands/noses/teeth so that each child can make a lantern to take home? The parents can help the smaller ones. Light up balloons also go down well.

Pineappleandcheeseonsticks Thu 19-Oct-17 23:43:08

Thanks Cheerful, I like the lantern idea...heading over to Pinterest to have a look.

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stonecircle Thu 19-Oct-17 23:43:22

Well obviously it’s a bad idea if the parents involved are likely to react like the posters on this thread. 🙄

Personally I think it’s a nice idea - on the basis that you’re not supplying matches as well. I’d have been quite pissed off at my kids being given treacle toffee or toffee apples at that age though.

Pineappleandcheeseonsticks Thu 19-Oct-17 23:45:57

Cheerful, I did say in my OP (though perhaps not very clearly) that I wouldn't be putting them in party bags, but would put a tag on them and give them out with the cake (parents are present, as they are all here for the party anyway).

Dione, thanks - some of the younger ones would probably love that.

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LineysRun Thu 19-Oct-17 23:53:14

Is there a middle ground on MN between hummus and a small packet of explosives?

Ginfiend Thu 19-Oct-17 23:58:03

Why haven’t you listened to the suggestion by several people to use glow sticks?
Pounds shop sell them. Kids love them.
Million times safer

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