Since my little man's birthday theme was construction I really tried to tie in everything around dump trucks, building, rocks, etc. We had about 8 children attending the party. Most were under five but there were about three kids that were definitely older. Keeping that in mind, I created two types of goodie bags which related to age. The first thing all the kids received when they arrived was a plastic hard hat with their name on it. Many of the kids wore these throughout the party. Here's my little man sporting his!
Too cute! I especially like the fact that throughout all the pictures I took of my little man wearing the construction hat, it is always backwards!!! Oh well. Once each child left they were either given a large goodie bag (for age five and under) or a small goodie bag of candy (for the older kids). Here's what was included in each.
Supplies for large goodie bag:
Construction Countdown book
Small dump truck
Homemade edible play dough
Gift bag with thank you and name tag
Since I am a teacher, I am so thankful to have access to Scholastic book orders so I was able to order enough Construction Countdown books for each of the goodie bags. I would imagine you could order them online somewhere as well. I found the small dump truck at Target in their outdoor seasonal section with the pails and shovels. I also picked up the cement mixer and bulldozer. I made the edible play dough using this drink mix-aid play dough recipe. It is super easy and fun to make. It also lasts 6 months in a Tupperware container. (Note: even though the website states it is edible, it is really, really salty so I would recommend monitoring your little one if they are prone to eating things. Yes... I did try the play dough just to be sure of the safety of it all!) Lastly, I picked up the bags at Walmart and printed out the thank you tags I created using Word.
The tag says:
Thank you for coming to my party!
I hope you had loads of fun!
Here are a few more photos of the goodie bags!
As for the older kids, I knew they would not be interested in baby toys, baby books, and play dough so I went to the local candy shop and picked up some rock candy. Be prepared to spend a little money because rock candy is very heavy and my local shop sold it for $10.99/lb. I definitely have to say that it was worth every penny because rock candy is just delicious :) I also used the same tag found on the yellow bag but in a smaller size. Here's a close up picture.
Now doesn't that just look yummy!
If you have any questions about my goodie bags feel free to leave a comment and I will hopefully be able to answer them.