Personalized Unique Party Favors for Kids

Personalization makes any gift a little more special. Put a name on a gift, and it gains in value to the recipient. The same concept holds true when you choose party favors for kid-centered gatherings. The more the items you customize especially for the event, the more your little guests will enjoy them—and your child will feel extra special as a result.

Party Theme

Establishing a party theme gives you ideas for color schemes, decorations and party favors. Accompany a pirate party with mock eye patches adorned with each child's name. Choose a tropical theme so you can offer toy parrots. To make the transition between theme and favors even easier, take a trip to a craft or party-supply store to find inexpensive favors to personalize with the guests' names, and reverse engineer your theme from the favors themselves. Take pictures in the store with your smartphone so you can share ideas with your child and use her input to shape the party's creative direction.

Shared Creativity

Enlist your child's involvement in the creation of themed favors so she feels invested in every detail of the party. From choosing colors to developing a logo for the party, keep the focus on your child's creativity. If you use stick-on adhesive-backed lettering to apply guests' names to small hand mirrors, little books in which they can draw or write, or pocket-sized toy cars, have your child label the giveaways. While you're working together, ask your child to help you choose songs that you'll play on your home theater system or audio dock from a playlist based on your smartphone, tablet or home computer.

Logo Stickers

For instant party customization, design a colorful sticker design on your home computer and print out sheets of it on adhesive-backed label stock to attach to anything related to the party. If you work up your design in a word processing application, you can use its mail merge capabilities to insert the names from your guest list into the labels in a playful typeface. Remove the branding elements from bottled water and attach your stickers or apply them to bags of snacks. Add ribbon or colorful tape to turn household-standard packaging products from aluminum foil to waxed paper into custom wrappings.

Other Considerations

Keep the three "A" words in mind as you select favors for children's parties: age, allergies and appropriateness. Small toys the size of a little one's nostril may wind up in exactly that location. Even if you package them in a screw-top container, they're an accident waiting to happen. Nuts and other natural snacks may look like a winning substitute for candy, but before you stock up on unshelled peanuts, verify the allergy status of the children attending the event. Finally, appropriateness helps you gauge not whether a party favor will be a big hit with the kids, but whether their parents will thank you for an annoying toy such as a whoopie-cushion that their children find endlessly fascinating.

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