Goody bags at children’s parties can be a cause of some contention, lots of sweets or plastic gizmos your home doesn’t really need, it’s one of the difficult parts of getting a party right.
For our Ninjago party I was eager to build on the invitations and offer some treats which show our thanks for the little people and their parents for helping celebrate B & E’s day, and so we made some Lego themed goodies along with some great bargains to make the party bag complete.We started with some paper party bags from Ebay and using the Ninjago eyes template from the invitations, we printed nine per A4 yellow paper, cut them out, used double side tape to attach them to the paper bags, and our theme was carried through from invitation to goody bag.For the contents of the goody bag we went for a mix of handmade and bought. I found a set of Lego silicone moulds and bought some little cellophane bags to place our treats in . I found a Lego bag header from Winks and Daisies which made them complete. For sweet treats we went with fudge and chocolate.
The chocolate was straightforward, with blocks of white and milk chocolate we melted in a bain marie and then poured into the moulds and cooled at room temperature and then in the fridge. Like everything we made, we’ve learned the importance of leaving to cool for longer than usual, this will ensure the whole brick or Lego man remains in one piece.
For the fudge I used a recipe incorporating condensed milk. Fudge is not something I find as straightforward to make as it’s meant to be, the benefit though of using condensed milk is that it does keep a little longer. And then we presented them as sweet treat bags.We also loved the idea of Lego crayons, and I was fortunate enough to get some advice in advance from The Boy and Me which meant our batches were successful.
We picked up some packets of crayons from the £1 shop and set to work peeling the paper off them and batching them into colours. On average, with the tip received, a brick takes 3 crayons and a Lego man 1.5 crayons which includes the top-up.
We broke the crayon into the mould and then baked for 3 mins at 140 degrees celsius, topped up with more crayons and baked for another two minutes. After leaving to cool for a couple of hours (to be on the safe side), the crayons were taken from the moulds and put into treat bags. As I wasn’t sure how people would feel about a handmade goody bag we also added a few extras all at B&E’s behest.
Haribos now seem to be a staple at any birthday and we got a treat box in the after Christmas sale, the boys insisted that party poppers had to be in their goody bag and the trusty £1 shop again obliged. The light sticks were something I had bought a while ago which the little people love, and the Spaceboy pens were an absolute bargain at 29p from the Dotcomgiftshop sale!The balloons were inspired from a party we attended recently, our children love balloons and it seemed great to hand them out rather than being passed one as you’re driving home to inflate (I can multi-task with the rest of them, usually). Ebay once again came to the rescue with balloons and sticks.