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We had a big party for my brother this weekend. My sister printed the invitations. My mom handled the guest list. His wife’s best friend took care of the venue. I volunteered to make party favors. I am not really that crafty, so I knew I had to buy something. (There went my month of buying little or nothing.)

I didn’t want to give things so I went with something edible. Candy, I thought. Everyone likes candy. I hit the store and bought 20 bags of candy. Every bag was — what else? — made out of plastic. Sigh. Then I had to figure out how to package it up so people could take it home. I went to AC Moore armed with my 40% off coupon. I looked at white take-out containers. I looked at mesh bags. I looked at little white boxes. The take-out boxes and white boxes were $1.49 for four. I had to make 28 favors. Expensive. The mesh bags were $4.95 per dozen. That might work. But then I realized the candy would be able to fall through the little holes. I looked at the last option and realized my choice was staring me right in the face. The plastic bags, which were $1.95 for 30, were the best choice. Reluctantly, and with a heavy heart, I purchased the plastic. That night everyone ooohed and aahhed over the favors, opening them up at the table and munching on their booty. Despite the success, I was still less-than-thrilled about my choice.

This coming June is Little Girl’s second birthday party. Again I will be faced with the favor dilemma. What will I get for all those kids that’s not disposable, plastic, or stupid? Books come to mind. Maybe cookies wrapped in some sort of recyclable paper? (It’s not like I can give babies candy.) I have no idea. But I do know that — at least for the rest of April — I will be sticking to my resolve and not buying anything to make up for the large wasteful plastic purchase I made this weekend. I know that must sound crazy to some but I just feel so strongly about plastic bags in particular that I feel like I let myself down.

Hope everyone had a good weekend. I have no voice today. None since leaving the party yesterday. I have a cold and a cough and, based on past illnesses, I’m just going to have to ride this out. Anyone have any get-my-voice-back-quick suggestions?

3 Responses to “Do Me a Favor: A Party Take-Home Message”

  1. MarthaandMe says:

    I know what you mean. Paper bags work well, especially if you can find cute little white ones. Or you can use brown lunch bags and decorate them.

  2. Karen C. says:

    Hi, I just stumbled across your blog and have been really enjoying reading it. My DH and I struggled with this same issue the last few b-day parties for our girls. Instead of bags of crappy plastic toys, I made homemade, healthy cookies and used brown paper cookie bags. Everyone loves homemade treats and I felt better about the environmental aspect. Also, it wasn’t a big deal to whip up a big batch of cookies when I already was making birthday cake, so it wasn’t that much more work.

  3. kb says:

    I love edible stuff! Love it! My little one’s b-day is coming up and we are going to give jars of cookie mix, I think. Something fun for everyone to do together.

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