Ugh, hate goody bags! Mainly because we NEVER get RSVP's but for my boys coming home and saying "yeah so and so's coming" or "Nope, so and so's not coming". Why do I even bother with putting RSVP on the invitation anymore? I ought to put in cards a la wedding invitations that say "Attending" or "not attending" and write in the invitation "For your kid to give to mine".
Okay maybe not really. But I never, ever get the amount of kids I buy goodie bags for and often I end up buying too much. Actually around here it seems the only way you get a decent amount of people to rsvp and show up to your kid's party is by hosting it at one of those inflatable playplaces.
Have it at home? Ho-hum! Well too bad, we're not made o' money and home parties were good enough when I was a kid, gosh darnit!
Okay now that I'm finished that part of the rant, I hear you on goody bags. I hate them and 9/10 times most of what my boys bring home from other parties ends up getting thrown away and they eat all the candy resulting in a sugar rush.
When Pirateboy1 had his bday party this year we let him have his first slumber party since he was 10, but it meant he could only invite 4 people since our house is not that big. Only one kid showed up so I bought enough t-shirts and dye kits so that my two and the friend could make tie-dye shirts and THAT was their favor.
I think I may do that from now on, have the kids do something cool and crafty and take that home as a favor rather than just some junk.