I had a couple of party thoughts that I thought I would post . . . ideas that seemed to work pretty well and one that didn't.
1. Instead of trying to write down who gave what gift, I photographed Braeden opening the presents. In a bunch of the pictures you can see the name of the gift-giver, but it was easy for me to figure out afterward anyway as the photo really brings the memory to the front. It also gives us an opportunity for very personalized thank you notes with photographs. It helps that Braeden was smiling!
2. Instead of buying loot bags, we bought $1 reusable grocery bags. These bags are big and strong enough for kids to take extras to someone’s house, or they can be used by the family for groceries. They were a good conversation piece and B’s birthday follows Earth Day pretty closely.
What didn’t work that well were the colored vests for the games. We had people choose a colored swatch from a bag and they would be on that team. What I didn’t take into account was that they would go onto the field and switch jerseys around! So much for planning things to be fair.
We have decided that we are going to buy some more of the grocery bags in fun colors and use them for gift bags when we go to other parties – they are cheaper and more useful than the gift bags.