Binoculars. As party favors. If you’re going to send home a party favor, it should either be edible or high enough quality that it won’t end up in the trash. I’ll be perfectly honest, it’s expensive to give a real pair of binoculars to each guest.  And you might choose a different party favor for your jungle themed event. But please think through the life span of every party item you buy, including the items you send home with  your guests. Wow, I’m preachy today. What are your thoughts (even if you disagree)?
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  1. I love how they are bundled! …and I TOTALLY agree with you! Sending home a trinket that is cheaply made is not worth giving – and I am not a fan of trinkets with your party information on it (ex. wedding favors with your wedding date)… I think immediate friends and family might enjoy, but everyone else doesn’t need a salt & pepper shaker with your name on it ;o) … my vote is always edible, plantable or useful!

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    Kim    Thursday, June 3, 2010
  2. Amen! I personally cannot have pinatas and those little plastic character treat bags filled with plastic toys at my parties. Who wants to be cleaning those out of the car/toy bins for weeks? Plus, they don’t feel very creative. Every event I’ve ever had (even for the grown-ups) has a few crafts (like painting wooden trains) and a themed favor (shaped cookies, notepads, crayons, etc.) to go with them.

    Dawn    Thursday, June 3, 2010
  3. I’m in total agreement with you! Those bags of cheap candy usually go straight to the trash. My kids don’t even like ‘em! We give books that relate to our theme.

    Jan    Thursday, June 3, 2010
  4. Amen sister! I am all about throwing out something that has served its purpose already, however do little tiny erasers and yuck candy ever have a purpose. Just wanted to add my favorite favors to give and receive are costumes. They make the best party picts ever and I love seeing the kiddos in them years after the party. My favorites have been cheep decorated shorts, shirts, tutus, and aprons. Three years ago I gave little girls at a Dancing with the Stars party soffe shorts with their name on them, and I still see the girls wearing them. Last year I found swimsuits for $8. They were great!! The pictures are fab! Walmart almost always comes through for party wear. I always justify good favors with what I would spend on paying admission to the Pizza place or a bouncy house. Those cheep trinkets really aren’t that cheep anyway.

    Andrea    Thursday, June 3, 2010
  5. I totally agree. If you are going to spend money anyhow why not on something that isn’t going to end up in the trash can of your quests home. If on a budget consider edible favors.

    Melissa    Thursday, June 3, 2010
  6. I totally agree! In the past, we’ve given out harmonicas, decorated cookies, ribbons that hold hair clips, or some sort of activity that can be done at home. There is something special about a single favor and when you add up what you would have spent on all the silly plastic items and a bag to hold them, it usually close to the price of the single item anyway. The parents will thank you!

    Deborah Burnett Stauffer    Saturday, June 5, 2010
  7. I’m curious what kind of binoculars you used. We’re planning a safari party for our daughter’s fourth and are having a hard time finding binoculars that both work and are durable enough for preschoolers!

    Jennifer    Sunday, May 8, 2011
  8. Hi Jennifer–Hhhm. I’m not positive, but I think they were made by Tasco. They were an inexpensive professional brand and cost about $15 per pair.

    Brittany    Sunday, May 8, 2011

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