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Seeking Icheap Party Favor Ideas for 2 Year Old Party - Cupcake Theme - Not Junk

I am throwing my two-year old a cupcake-themed party at the park and am looking for good party favor ideas. I know most the time party favor bags end up in the trash, are filled with junk or dangerous for young kiddos. I would love ideas for something to give each of the guests. We will already be decorating cupcakes and eating those in-lieu of the cake and I think sending home more cupcakes or cookies shaped like cupcakes would be major sugar-overload? Any ideas are appreciated!

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I don't know how many kids you are inviting, but there is a a cute book: If You Give a Cat a Cupcake They run about 4 or 5 dollars- i think.

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For my three year olds party yesterday, I did little baskets with squirt guns and sidewalk chalk. I also had some little John Deere fruit snacks in there since it was a farm themed party. The baskets and chalk were each $1 at Target. The squirt guns were 12 for $8 at a party store. At least the chalk will definitely get used and not thrown out like so much other junk you get!
Good luck!

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I don't know how many kids you are inviting, but there is a a cute book: If You Give a Cat a Cupcake They run about 4 or 5 dollars- i think.

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check out WWW.Etsy.com and do a search for cupcakes. You will get a plethora of items that may work for you as party favors. Cupcakes are really HOT right now. If you join, please list me as your referral :-) It does not cost anything to join, but you do have to be a registered user to purchase from that site. Everything on Etsy is Handmade by individual artists, not imported junk. My store wouldn't work for you because I sell edibles and you already have your cupcakes.

D.
aka, LittleSnowflakes

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I am not sure if I am too late in responding, but last year I did a cupcake theme for my 2 year old daughter. For favors I bought aprons and chef hats from Target and ironed on cupcake appliques on each one that I got from Michaels. I wrapped them up with a wooden spoon and included two recipe cards; one for cupcakes and the other for fresh strawberry frosting. I tied them together with pretty ribbon. This was really inexpensive and they turned out really cute. Target had blue aprons that I gave to the boys and pink for the girls. The aprons and hats were $1 a piece. My daughter and son still put on their aprons and hats when we bake. Hope this helps!

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For my three year olds party yesterday, I did little baskets with squirt guns and sidewalk chalk. I also had some little John Deere fruit snacks in there since it was a farm themed party. The baskets and chalk were each $1 at Target. The squirt guns were 12 for $8 at a party store. At least the chalk will definitely get used and not thrown out like so much other junk you get!
Good luck!

We went to a party last year and each child got a bottle of bubbles. The tag said, "I was blown away you came to my party. Thank you!". It was cheap and easy for the host. My son was two at the time and thrilled!!! The parents loved that it wasn't a bunch of stuff that would lost or broken and there was no candy.

We recently bought bubbles at the dollar store that came in a bottle shaped like an ice cream cone. I wonder if orientaltrading.com or some place might have cupcake shaped bottles.

For DD's 2-year-old B-day party (in April), I went to the dollar store and got:
--a bucket and shovel set for each kid
--a package of 15 sidewalk chalks
--3 for a dollar bubbles

Each kid got a bucket with bubbles and chalk. The bubbles and chalk were both used by most kids at the party (although there was still some to bring home). I had thought some of the kids might play in the sandbox, too, but the party was crazy enough without adding that in. In any case, it was all inexpensive stuff that my DD, at least, really loves and uses. Have fun!

What about some kind of cute sippy cup? Maybe decorated for each child if you choose to go with that much detail. You could put an ice cream certificate from Baskin Robbins or McDonalds inside.

I'm like you, I always hated the party bags with junk. I always tried to do something a little different such as a coloring book with markers, those black felt color boards or a small age appropriate craft, and as my daughter got older, we gave gift cards to Abercrombie, Starbucks or someplace like that the girls enjoyed.

Enjoy your baby....they grow up TOO fast! Mine is already 14 and I remember 2 like it was yesterday. Every stage has been a blessing, even with the hormonal teen!

Here are some lovely hair bow birthday party favors here: http://www.FavorMyParty.Etsy.com They are organized by theme, can be personalized with your child's name, and are not candy! Good luck with the party!

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Here is a cute cupcake birthday party favor: http://www.etsy.com/listing/42944067/cupcake-birthday-par... You can find other lovely hair bow birthday party favors here: http://www.FavorMyParty.Etsy.com They are organized by theme, can be personalized with your child's name, and are not candy! Good luck with the party!

I saw a few cute ideas in a magazine a few months back, One was to make a take home craft for the kids. Michaels has cute cupcake containers for $1 that you could fill will Cheerios, Fruit Loops and anything else round. Then add a thin twizzler as a "string" for them to use to make a necklace or bracelet with. Another idea is a board book that you could make personalized cupcake bookmarks for. You can probably find board books at Half Price Books or the Dollar Store. Some cute books would be If You Give a Pig a Party or If you Give a Mouse a Cookie! The last idea is a take home cupcake kit. Use a clear container and fill it with the dry ingredients. With all of these I would make cute cupcake label with instructions (if needed) and a thank you note on it.

I agree. For our daughter's party,I bought real tote bags at the dollar store, so they can be re-used, and most kids (and adults) can always use a handy tote bag. Our dollar store had these great ones with diff. solid colors and diff. animals on them, and 3 handy pockets on the outside. For 12 kids, it was $12,not bad!
Then I filled them with 2 sets of things, one for older kids, and one for the younger kids.
Older
Soduko books, pencils, fun shaped erasers, mini (or real) decks of cards, and a few peices or candy.
Younger
Coloring books (about 8x5"), crayons, play-doh, and I splurged on finger puppets. :-)

Another idea, is to come up with a craft for everyone to do instead of goodie bags. Like decorating their own T-shirt to remember the day.

Good Luck!

Cupcake containers in case they don't want to eat the cupcake:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MYD150?ie=UTF8&t...

This place has plush cupcakes:

http://www.birthdayexpress.com/Girls-Lil-Cupcake-2nd-Birt...

cupcake shaped bubbles:

http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/browse/processRequest.d...

pottery barn kids has play cupcakes at the friso mall.

If you are crafty, you could give them a coloring book you make from free coloring pages with washable crayons:

http://images.google.com/images?q=cupcake+coloring+book&a...

or Amazon lists a cupcake coloring book:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486471136

Bath soap?:

http://www.soapsushi.com/catalog.htm?item=39

If you did decide to do candy, this is a cute idea:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/speckled-egg/3270360684/

My daughter's birthday has a luau theme this year. i got some small sand and shovel sets at party city for $1.00 each. Then each child will get a lei and a blow up pool toy. I am going to add bubbles or candy if I can find some that fits the theme. We are going to chuck e cheese, but their gift bags have the little toys and tooth pulling candy that my younger daughter can't have/doesn't need. So, I am taking my own favors and it is cheaper! If you are creative or have a little time, you could get some ball jars or any jar with a lid and layer the ingredients to make their own cupcakes at home and tie the recipe around the top.

E., I make soap favors for kids, and I can make a cupcake soap for each child to take home. I don't have a photo of one, but I can make it in your choice of color and scent. You can check out some of my favors at: www.favoroo.com.

Parents like the soaps, because it's different and fun and something the kids can actually use. Plus, it's not sugary and it is a great favor alone or in a goody-bag.

I may be too late for you. When my daughter turned two, I made home made play dough (and let her help). We sent it home in small ziplock plastic containers with a few plastic cookie cutters. I know that US Toy Company in Plano also sells sets of dough toys like rolling pins, cutting tools, etc. This year we had a Wonder Pets party for my 4 year old and I bought an assortment of inexpensive paper back books to send home-- either Wonder Pets or animals. I agree-- skip the junk and give something more worthwhile.
Have a great party!
A.

I'm a music teacher, so a bit biased, but we did musical instruments one year and it was a big hit. We gave a pair of rhythm sticks and a shaker egg to each kid. You can buy quantities of both at Music In Motion, which is a music ed. catalog but also happens to be based in Plano, so you can go buy there if you want. The rhythm sticks come in a set of 12 pairs and you can buy as many eggs as you need. Should have prices and such online. We included a copy of a favorite song.

My local Michaels (McKinney off of 380) store has had cupcake-themed stuff in their dollar bins lately. Just got back from there ... they also have cupcake napkins.

last year I gave out pinwheels at my soms first birthday but most of our guest were a little older and really enjoyed them. They would put them in the yard so they could watch the wind spin them. I take care of children at my home so always have a few out in my flowerbeds. They love it. I also do bubbles. any little necklaces for girls or little frogs, small animals that they can hold is good for boys. just not too small for choaking hazard.
my son's 2nd party is coming up in Aug and we are going swimming. I'm giving out snack foods like gummy snacks, small packages of crackers, things that won't get thrown away

For my daughters' birthday party last year we made bead bracelets for party favors. They were not very expensive and the guests really liked them. The girls included a note in each little box saying how much they appreciated their friends coming to the party.

We bought the beads and wire at Walmart and Hobby Lobby and the girls made them themselves. Hope this helps.

By the way if you need any entertainment, my husband and I are professional clowns living in Anna. We offer facepainting and balloons along with fun interaction and games. We've entertained at birthday parties and large events like the Plano Balloon Festival.

Our prices are very reasonable (we have four great kids of our own so we know how expensive things can get)and we do our best to work within a person's buget.

Please feel free to take a look at our website at www.freewebs.com/bubblesandwowza for samples of our work.

Give us a call at ###-###-#### if you have any questions at all.

Hope to hear from you,

K. Schmidt
Bubbles the Clown
Bubbles and Wowza, LLC

What about a sand bucket and shovel set..you can get them pretty cheap at walmart or the dollar store.. You could do some kites for the older kids if any. And they can play with those at the park while they are there.

I made my daughter sovenir booklets for the kiddos to take home an we decorated frames so they got to take those home as well. The booklets consisted of printables, word puzzles. You could print out coloring pages and put crayons with them to give as a favor.. I tied my books with curling ribbon. The front page had the theme and said Thanks for coming to Brianna's 8th Birthday.

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