Birthday Parties and Loot Bags
So, the other weekend we had our oldest son’s, Big Boy’s, 7th birthday party.
Big Boy’s actual birthday was not for a few more days but we decided to have his party on a weekend that the husband was off.
We rented a theatre room at our local movie store for our son and four of his friends to watch a “newish” movie. I had tried to get Big Boy to pick a movie he had not already seen but of course, he chose one he had. He enjoyed The Smurfs so much that he wanted his closest friends to see it too. Oh well! It meant that I would get to watch Neil Patrick Harris (one of my favourite actors) again so I was OK with that.
The theatre room cost $40 and it includes the movie, the room, and popcorn for the kids (and maybe for us adults).
I thought it was a unique idea for a party!
However, one thing that I detest about birthday parties is LOOT BAGS.
Usually these little bags of fun (that I dread) contain things like candy, toys, pencils, mini play-dough, or stickers. And whenever one of these little bags gets brought home, I sift through it to see if there is actually anything in there we will use. Otherwise, most of the contents end up in the garbage.
Honestly, and this is my personal opinion only, I think loot bags are a big waste of time and money.
I stress each year over what to put in these darn things.
Last year, I did not even bother with loot bags.
I thought that since we were renting a bouncy slide, which cost about $150 for a few hours, was enough “loot” for the kids to enjoy. Along with all the food, cake, and drinks we had bought for the party, the cost of the party was quite high.
Of course, there were a couple of kids who commented about no loot bags.
One child even went up to the husband and said, “well, I have never been to a birthday party that did not give out loot bags! This is crazy!”
I blew it off.
Anyway, the husband insisted we do loot bags this year. He wanted to make a little bag of jujubes and other sweet treats. So, off to the local bulk bin I went and bought a few assorted bags of candies. At least it wasn’t too difficult or mind boggling to put together. I even found candies in different Lego shapes. They were pretty cool. And the candies went well with the movie theatre theme.
So, what is your opinion on loot bags?