Birthday Party Bag Ideas – How Do You Make Them Inexpensive?

Birthday parties can be very hard to organise and it’s even harder to fill up a party bag! If you are not watching the cost, party bags can become more expensive than the birthday cake especially if you have got 30 kids attending the party! Most of the parties that my kids have been invited to, the party bags have just been filled up with sweets and if they had eaten all the sweets then they would have lost all their teeth by now ! So I would like to suggest some birthday party bag ideas which are not only inexpensive but also sugar free!

To put sweets or not

All children like sweets. If children eat sweets in moderation, then it is fine. They should be allowed to enjoy their childhood as well. But parents shouldn’t fill the whole party bag with sweets just to make the party bag cost effective !

It’s not a competition

While organising their child’s birthday parties and party bags, parents should keep in mind that birthday parties or party bags are not a competition. They don’t need to compete with other parents or try to outdo other parents. Parents should only do what they can afford or what is appropriate according to them .

Party bags offered by the party entertainers/venue

Some party entertainers/venues provide birthday party bags at an additional cost to the parents which can be added to the party package. There are different party bag fillers available at different prices. So depending on your budget, you can choose the party bag package. Sometimes these party bag packages are cheaper than parents buying party bags and party bag fillers !

So if you are planning a party for your child, always ask the entertainer or the venue about the price of their party bag package !


All parents are aware that books are very important part in the education and upbringing of a child. This applies to all ages (even babies). So including a book in the party bag instead of sweets would not be a bad idea at all ! Also, if you look around, you might be able find good deals on books. I am sure the parents of the children receiving the party bags will be pleased with this too !

What about a note pad and a pen

A personalised note pad and a pencil is also a very good party bag filler. It is very useful thing to have whenever you take your children to a restaurant or on a holiday. They can doodle or draw or write a few words or sentences! I am sure if this were given as a party bag filler it would be appreciated by both the parents and the child!

Party blowers, whistles, glow sticks, balloons etc

The ‘usual’ party bag fillers like party blowers, whistles,  glow sticks, balloons can be obtained at a low cost. Make sure you look around for a good price per piece. If you are buying online, you can check the reviews too !


If you are good at baking, you can bake cupcakes and put them in the party bags! Kids love cupcakes! You can also ask your child to help you bake them. This will provide some good bonding time also! Your child also feel involved in his/her party preparations.

Theme parties

My daughter was invited to a craft party and instead of a party bag, she received a piggy bank which she had painted in the party! Another time she was invited to a salon party and she received a manicure/pedicure kit in her party bag! If you decide to have a theme party and party bag, make sure everything is child friendly and age appropriate.

I do know that some mothers feel that the party bags are waste of money as they are filled with cheap things. But children love party bags! They don’t care about the price of each item ! Party bags are just little bags of goodies that each child looks forward to receiving at the end of a party. But it all depends on the parents whether to spend unnecessarily on it or not. Also, it is not mandatory to fill the party bags with sweets. It is better to give a fewer things of value like books or a note pad and a pen then to fill party bags with cheap toys and sugary sweets.

After all, it is the thought that counts !

If the cost of party bags still comes higher than your budget, then maybe you could consider :

  • inviting fewer children
  • Getting a less expensive cake or
  • Getting a cheaper entertainer!

If you would like to share your experiences or ideas about birthday party bags, do so via the comment box. I would love to hear from you!






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