Gah…the birthday party upon us & I struggle to think up a party favor for my girls’ 2nd & 4th combined party. I refused to give out another bag full of bubbles & plastic toys from China. I really wanted to do something creative & cute, but let’s face it, I didn’t really feel like I could have 30 kids attend a party & afford to give them wildly expensive party favors. I mean, throwing a party for your kids doesn’t come cheap.
I scoured Pinterest, Etsy, Google, anywhere searching for an idea. I got nothin’. So, along comes an opportunity some months ago to buy some mason jars on a website group I’m on. I buy the 12 jars on the inexpensive side & think…”I could do something with these for the party”. About 8 of them had chalk board stickers on them, which fueled my fire to incorporate the jars.
After much debate (thinking parents might be mad…), I went with my idea anyway. Goldfish. Yep, I took regular old mason jars, put colored gravel in the bottom, bought 36 goldfish (c’mon…they won’t all live to make the party…I needed 5 “extra” just case!), and put them in the mason jars. I had to buy several more jars to make it all work, but they turned out so cute! I then faced the problem of the lid. You can’t exactly screw a regular mason jar top on (the fish gotta breathe!, so I found these darling daisy lids. I bought them from Amazon & they’re the perfect solution to not pouring out your goldfish onto your car’s leather seats on the drive home from the party, all while allowing Goldie to breathe, how nice.
So, without more typing…here’s the final product:
I also defaulted to an easy version of the thank you note (thanks due to my friend Anna on the idea). My mom taught me early you have to say thanks with a note for gifts…so I refuse to let my kids get away without doing the same. However, at the ages of 4 & 2, you know who actually “writes” those notes (no, my husband ain’t it!). So to encourage the 4 year olds budding writing skills & to get me off the hook from penning them all: I present to you my form letter (Birthday Thank You):
Side note: I don’t use the word “ain’t” (except in my slang language above), my mom also loathed that word…but it’s actually a word in the dictionary these days…ugh. But, thank you iMac computer for underlining it in red as a misspelled word! I love you, Apple!