I’d planned to write this post a few weeks ago after spending a quiet afternoon putting together these party bags and lolly jars for our Baby Boys first birthday party. I was spurred into action to finish this post after I came across an article on iVillage.com.au on the topic of “Should Party Bags be banned?” In this article, there is an ‘argument’ both for and agains, and I can certainly see valid points raised on both sides.
Personally, I am all for a party bag and celebrating our kids birthdays. It’s taken us a long time and a lot of heartache along the way to finally have a family of our own and I want to celebrate each milestone and birthday. I also genuinely enjoy the planning and preparation involved in putting a party together. I also see a party bag as a small token of appreciation, thanking our guests for joining us in our special celebrations.
I decided to make both a small party bag for the kids, as well as a small lolly jar ‘Thank you gift’ for the parents who attended our most recent birthday celebration. I will admit to having an ulterior motive when coming up with the idea for the lolly jars. I was wanting to put a dint in the enormous collection of baby food jars we seemed to have acquired over the past couple of years and when I then saw chalkboard paint on special at Aldi a month or so ago, an idea quickly formed in my mind.
To make your own Homemade Lolly Jars, you will need:
– Glass Jars. You can use whatever kind of jars you would like (or would like to get rid of!).
– Masking Tape
– Chalkboard Paint (I used Micador brand)
– Paint Brush
– Chalk (to write a message)
Before you begin, make sure the jars are clean and there is no labels, or glue still stuck to the glass.
Using the masking tape, create a border around the area you want to paint in, and apply an even coat of paint to the area.
Although it’s only a thin coat of paint and it will dry fairly quickly, I waited until the following day to remove the masking tape borders.
I then filled the jars with mixed lollies I’d purchased from K-Mart (Only $1 a bag) and then using chalk I wrote a message on each jar.
It’s as simple as that! I made 12 jars, and hardly used any paint at all. I think they looked great, and were a cute little gift for the adults at our party.
What do you think about having party bags at kids birthday parties?
Linking up today with the lovely Eva from The Multitasking Mummy for Mummy Mondays