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that " book in a party bag " idea some CLOT had once
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Frivol · 12/05/2009 19:02

well it goes down very badly here.
My kids like books.

they like parties

they like party bags

they dont like them mixing.

a party bag BEST case scenario is sweets, with a football keyring( who has keys aged 6?!) if you haev to.

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GrapefruitMoon · 12/05/2009 19:05

Don't forget the fact that most books won't fit in party bags so you have to wrap them separately!

I am overjoyed that dd (Yr 7) says that a slice of cake is all she gets at parties now...

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Doodle2U · 12/05/2009 19:08

I wondered that about the keyring - my children love keyrings. We have boxes of the wretched things. We have great strands of them attached to book-bags. We have them dangling off wardrobe knobs, coat hooks and one on the cat flap. Alas, no keys.

And plastic whistles that don't work - equally loved and treasured.

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yappybluedog · 12/05/2009 19:08

party bags are FUN, especially if filled with plastic tat

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pointydog · 12/05/2009 19:09

I think we can safely say it goes down badly in 80% of the country

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MintyyAeroEgg · 12/05/2009 19:11

Water pistol. Or hair slides. A few celebrations. A piece of cake. Its not difficult.

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squeaver · 12/05/2009 20:56

Agree - never have I seen my dd so disappointed as when she opened the party bag to find a Dr Seuss book.

"there's not even any bubbles" she wailed.

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janeite · 12/05/2009 21:02

Bubbles are good.

Books are good for parents and for ease of purchase but not fully appreciated by barbarian children who want sugar-loading.

We tended to go for the notebook and pen route; or bracelet and hairclips; never did master the art of party bags for boys though.

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IlanaK · 12/05/2009 21:20

I will confess to the book in a party bag idea being always in the back of my mind. However, I have yet to succumb!

I am currently planning a joint party for my ds1 and 2 who will be 5 and 8. It is an "explorer" party in the park. I am using black organza pull tie bags and will be putting in a notebook and pencil, a length of rope, a homemade cloth map and a toy swiss army knife (brought over from the US as they are not available over here). Thoughts?

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Frivol · 12/05/2009 21:26

no way
just bung in a bag of skittles

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squeaver · 13/05/2009 09:32

Don't forget the cyanide pills Ilana

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islandofsodor · 13/05/2009 09:46

We love books in party bags and I hgave often provided one. I get them for 80p from a party bag company. There is a range of titles from fairy tales to traditional children's stories, town and country mouse was the last one. Or Mr Men/Thomas type book people books. For older ones the paperback sets fit nicely in.

For ds's party bag this year there was for boys a book, parachute man, fortune teller fish thing, grabber gun and a piece of cake. The girls had the book, fish, bracelet and hair bobble. They cost about £2.20.

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MamaG · 13/05/2009 09:48

Its wanky. And smugness.

sweets, a yoyo and an unblown up balloon (wtf is the balloon all about? You have to have one tho)

Oddly, I've never had a party bag yet wiht a book in and my oldest is 9! Obv I move in chav circles. Am yet to get a gold earring, a baseball cap and a staffy in a party bag, so I'm not quite there

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MamaG · 13/05/2009 09:49

and can we not use the word CLOT in thread titles? It makes me think of bleeding after childbirth

to OP for that.

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islandofsodor · 13/05/2009 09:49

I blow the ballons up and put them on a stick first. They bash each other with them at the end of the party. I forgot they all had a ballon and a sticker too.

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JRocks · 13/05/2009 09:50

DS had a toothbrush in a party bag for two years running from the same family. It's great thinking, but he wasn't impressed

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Greensneeze · 13/05/2009 09:51

what the hell is a grabber gun?

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seeker · 13/05/2009 09:56

The most popular thing I ever put in a party bag, bizarrely was little jars of jam (the sort you get in cafes) I saw them on a market stall and chucked them in as an afterthought (on top of the bubbles, sweets and plastic tat) It was 3 years ago and ds's friends still occasionally mention it with a nostalgic smile.

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Lancelottie · 13/05/2009 10:17

Boys' bags:
Mini torch (50p or so)
Inflatable saxophone/tyrannosaurus/aeroplane
Chocolate

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jeee · 13/05/2009 10:33

Best idea I saw on MN was whoopee cushions - wonderfully vulgar

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Lancelottie · 13/05/2009 10:43

WE NOW HAVE ENOUGH WHOOPEE CUSHIONS FOR A LIFETIME THANK YOU!
[Anyone want one?]
[blrrrrrt]

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Frivol · 13/05/2009 10:55

""there's not even any bubbles" she wailed. "

that is tragic! and it IS wanky
adn superior

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MamaG · 13/05/2009 11:47

I actually LOVE party bags
I think the worst thing is to go to a party and be handed a balloon on the way out WITHOUT a party bag

I get as excited as teh DC about rootling through them when we get home

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notwavingjustironing · 13/05/2009 11:50

My DS1 (4) sorts through DS2's (2) party bags, telling him that things are "too old" for him or "will make him poorly", thus stashing them away for himself.

I have had to put a stop to it.

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Frivol · 13/05/2009 12:30

yes the brothers shout " anything good in that party bag"
"no just a Book "

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