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Anyone got any good pass the parcel prezzie ideas?
clary · 07/06/2004 15:27
Oh heck, seems like I've got no imagination. But I just thought i'd pick yr collective brains, as they are so excellent. Doing a party for DS1 (5) and DD (3) as b/days are days apart. Guests range from (almost) 3 to 5.5, boys and girls. Pass the parcel is going to be forfeits rather than sweeties (to keep the number of layers down and to get 'em passing it! lol), so wanted a nice-ish thing as the final prize. Must be unisex, appealing to 3yo-5yo, less than £5 really. is this poss? Any ideas??
happycat · 07/06/2004 17:17
I put felt tips note pads and a packet of sweeties I put a sweet between every layer as well I find it keeps them interested in the game and makes it last longer which I reckon can only be a good thing (of course I make sure all the kids gat to unwrap at least one layer
kalex · 07/06/2004 18:29
I tend to buy things throughout the year, cheap books on sale (the bookclubs that come into the office and nurseries are normally really cheap)
Or go into ELC and buy unisex toys in the sale.
About 2 years ago I bought 10 yes TEN 3D dinosaur puzzles at £2.50 each, and have given them to allages and to boys and girls and have always had a special thankyou about how great they are! I'm not cheap, but am a single parent with 2 children who go to birthday parties!
Am often embarrsed that the party bag probably costs more than the present I bought cost, Also i don't do birthday bags - And I buy balloons and have them filled with helium about 75p a balloon and hand thise out at the end of the party.
I can't bear my kids getting a bag of rubbish that going to end up in the bin. And so I don't give them out. (sorry - they also get birthday cake as well)
Last year DD had a party at home - and a couple of mum's complained - Their kids then wanted them at home coz they had such a good time! And all I did was have a disco in the garden.
Sorry this is probably completely off the point
clary · 07/06/2004 23:48
Thanks girls, some good ideas here. Like the idea of gardening set as it's in the garden anyway (the party). Codders, Happycat, I'm not going to do the sweets thing (which happens at most parties) because a) that means a layer per child and there are 25 children coming (gasp) b) I find that once they've opened a layer, they've had their sweets and then lose interest c) they all hang on to the parcel. So after discussing it with DS1 we're doing forfeits (eg do a forward roll, sing a nursery rhyme, pull a funny face) with a number in each layer (which most 3-4-5 y-olds can read) so I tell them what the forfeit is. Also I can then modify it to suit the age of child if need be. Mind you, it's not a sweet free zone here, am giving out sweeties for those who take part! Just thought it might make a change, will report back how successful it is. But this is why wanted sthg nice for main prize. Kalex, I agree with you in a way about party bags; have tried really hard to find something nice but cheap for them. About 2 years ago DS1 got a rainbow pencil ie with four-coloured lead in it in a party bag which is great, we still use it!
clary · 19/06/2004 22:45
Well had party today and it was v succesful. DH has just admitted he thought it wd be a nightmare but not so. Rain meant a move to church hall but that was good actually, lots of space. In the end found a Dr Seuss book in my "party stuff" (presents and party bag bits collected during year) so used that (thanks Kalex), agree that a 5yo (who won it) could well read it. Had 26 children including mine but it could have been 5 more if not for late cancellations! But really hardly any "now stop that" moments (none actually). Pass the parcel with forfeits went very well, esp "pull a funny face" and bizarrely, "do a star jump", all the girls leaped up to join in and made it look like a mini keep-fit class lol.
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