My daughter is having a 4th birthday party soon and has about 20 pre-school friends coming. All this is new to me and I would be really gratful if you could let me know what is expected in a 'party bag' and what if anything I should avoid!
I have just done some very cheap ones for my ds' nursery class (as we aren't having a party and that seems to be the expected thing!). I gave them a pencil with a novelty rubber on the end, a mini game (blow through the straw and try and keep the ball up in the air thing), a bouncy ball, an animal balloon, a mini packet of haribos, a mini packet of smarties and a bottle of bubbles. I got them all drastically reduced and ended up spending less than £1 per bag.
I ordered Tuxedo T shirts which are available in all colors and sizes to suit all the invitees for my son's birthday. I ordered them through a website http://www.greenturtle.com/Funny/Humor/Tuxedo-T-Shirt-1207/. It was real fun to see all the kids wearing similar T shirts.
We've given up on goodie bags now they're older, but liked to give 1 decent thing costing £1 max. Usually get things in the sale or on ebay.
Have done bookmarks,purses/wallets, lipsticks, pencil tins, kiddy-themed socks and flannels, Book people books. Dh says my goody bags are famously boring, but at least it's not junk to go in the bin. If I couldn't get enough of one thing to do them all the same, did lucky dip on way out.