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Birthday Party Planning Tips

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A memorable birthday party celebration is more than just food and decorations. Your guests will likely remember the good times they had, but a great party favor can leave them with those warm fuzzy feelings long after the candles have been blown out.

When planning your birthday party favors, it's always good to keep in mind the age of your guests. While guests of all ages might enjoy edible party favors, children will probably enjoy candy party favors much more than their adult counterparts. Here are some ideas for unique party favors for guests of all ages.

The key to any kid's heart is through their stomach, so you can never go wrong with edible party favors. Brownie favor pops are a fun alternative to the traditional candy bag, and they can be customized to your party theme with goldfish, elephant, bird, and puppy designs. You can wrap them up in colorful cellophane, tied with a favor tag, and then put them on display as an elegant centerpiece. If you really want to present the kids with candy, set up some favor bags or favor boxes and have the kids decorate them as a party activity. Then, set up a candy bar with mini gumball machines and various candy goodies where the kids can pick out their favorites.

Teenagers are a bit harder to please, but if you look into their interests and use some creativity party favors should be a breeze. Most girls like makeup, so why not hand out some personalized lip balm with the birthday girl's name and date. You can hand these out in satin drawstring favor bags along with some hand lotion. The guys might enjoy some personalized mint tins. You could even get them a mint tin keychain to give them fresh breath on the go! If you're looking for something everyone will enjoy, consider handing out some custom fortune cookies placed inside a colorful Chinese takeout box. Come up with your own creative fortunes that reference the party theme. You could also fill these boxes with other goodies including home-baked cookies or brownies.

For the sophisticated party guests, you might have to do a bit more digging to come up with something that will truly wow them. If you're hosting a cocktail themed birthday dinner, consider handing out personalized martini glasses or a mini cocktail shaker. A Vegas party could include some personalized playing cards and chocolate poker chips. You can also hand out a wine bottle with a pretty favor tag or for a barbecue present your guests with personalized barbecue sauce bottles or personalized tea bags for a tea party.

Just keep your party theme and your guests' ages in mind, and your favors are sure to be a hit!

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