Christy wrote to me needing help with favors:
"My daughter is having a "polka dot picnic" as her 4th birthday party. I want to make something to coordinate with the theme for party favors. However, we will have both boys and girls and won't know the exact number attending... we are letting her invite the preschool group from church AND her preschool class. Therefore, it can't be something too elaborate or expensive. Any cute suggestions?"My first thought was to fill bags with all sorts of round toys and treats - bubbles, bouncy balls, etc. Once again, though, I discovered that my idea was not all that new - Martha had already thought of it (imagine that!).
She suggested using a bubble wrap "bag" (actually a shipping envelope) and filling each bag with candy dots, gum balls, rubber balls, yo-yos, pots of lip gloss, or any other round object.
A variation of this idea would be to have a favor buffet. Each of the above items (yo-yos, candy, etc.) could be in brightly colored containers (the dollar store has tons of cute baskets and buckets) displayed on a "buffet table." Then each child can go down the line filling their own bags.
I'm all out of ideas, but I know that you aren't. Tell us what favors have been a hit at your parties!