Goodie Bags!

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As you may (or may not) know, L’s 3rd Birthday is rapidly approaching. I wanted to make cake pops and bring them to L’s class for his birthday treat. Then I got to thinking that it was a tad on the crazy side since I have have never even tried to make them before and since I like things to look perfect, I may end up making cake pops well into the middle of the night for a bunch of three year olds to look at for two seconds and then shove on their mouths. So I decided to just to go the goodie bag route instead!

Some (alot) people ask what I do with all my Target 75% and 90% off clearance finds. Well, I either use them, gift them or donate them. When I can get a lot of the same item, I put them in goodie bags for L’s friends. I got the chalk during the after 4th of July sale last year, the twistables during the after Easter sale and the Play-Doh during the after Halloween sale. None of it looks “holiday’ish” at all does it? I picked up the bags in value packs (12 in each) at Target and used ribbon and paper that I already had to make the gift tags. And in order to make more work for myself, I had to make the tag color match the bag color. I was pleased I had similar if not totally matching ribbon for each of the bag colors.

L has a total of 16 (I made 1 extra bag, just in case) friends in his class. Had I paid retail prices, it would have cost:
Crayola Twistables: $4.99 x 16 = $79.84
Crayola Color Blender Chalk:  $4.87 x 16 = $77.92
Play-Doh: 1 X $6.99 = $6.99
Gift Bags: 16 x $0.50 = $8.00
Total: $172.75 or $10.80 per bag

But I paid:
Crayola Twistables: $.49 x 16 = $7.84
Crayola Color Blender Chalk:  $0.48 x 16 = $7.79
Play-Doh: 1 X $1.75 = $1.75
Gift Bags: 16 x $0.50 = $8.00
Total: $25.38 or $1.59 per bag

Such a great deal and I think I would have been pleased if I received this when I was 3!  And L was so excited to give them to his friends.  As we were going thru my stockpile, he kept telling me to give them more!

Do you make great goodie bags?  What do you put in them?  Have any of your children every gotten a fabulous goodie bag?  If so, what was in it??  Ohhh, and who has made cake pops?  Tell me all about it!

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This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Diane

    You are such a cool mom!!! And I love your blog 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      Aww, thanks!!!

  2. Corin

    Those are some *sweet* goodie bags! And I’ve made cake pops, a total PITA for two seconds of glory. But they sure are tasty.

    1. Jennifer

      What theme did you make them in??

  3. jess

    what a great idea! those are awesome goodie bags and you paid such a great price for them. i am sure his friend’s loved the gift. and what a great idea…teaching L about giving back on his birthday.

    1. Jennifer

      I love a good deal! And L and I sure did have a good time putting them together!

  4. Jessica

    Great job on the gift bags 🙂 you should be an event planner for budget conscious moms! My aunt just made cake pops for my cousins shower & they were fab! I’ll see if I can get the recipe for ya 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      Yes, get it! And I want to see pictures of how they turned out!

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  6. Kelly

    Great goodies! I wish Madison was in lucas’s class! 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      How fun would that be???

  7. Amy Pelletier

    My best friend made Elmo cake pops for her daughter’s second birthday. She said they weren’t super hard. She had her mom helping so they could make them “assembly line style”. She admitted they would’ve been much harder to do if she had been doing them herself. I’m thinking about trying them sometime, but I don’t know for what occasion. If you ever make them, be sure to post pics and your thoughts!! 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      I will! I might just make them at home once for a test run. Just as a project for L and I! He’ll think it’s fun to make them even if they look awful.

  8. Cindy

    Those are awesome! I wish “blogging” was popular 10 years ago! I have to say, I am very into the kids goodie bag making (and the invitations, and the theme parties)!

    1. Jennifer

      I’d like to see some of your goodie bags! What kinds of themey stuff did you do?

  9. Dani

    Love the goodie bags and it was fun to see what you do with some of your stash. On a side note, I was at a party and they had cake pops but they kept calling them cake balls. It was making me crazy!!

    1. Jennifer

      If they were on a stick, how could people even think to call them cake balls??

  10. Kyra

    I have to say I am jealous of your Target finds! I haven’t seen even half that stuff on clearance at mine and I hit the store a few times a week just to browse. Those are some fantastic goodie bags! How did they go over in the class? I will miss reading about all your adventures in your other blog too 🙁

    1. Jennifer

      They went over very well! I get most of my 90% off goodies in after holiday sales (think Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, etc.). They always have stuff that are not holiday’ish which are included with the holiday stuff. I posted about the Easter sale as it was happening!

  11. Marlishia Byard

    Where can I find these party bags at for my son 5th party

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