I haven’t ever done party favors before….In lots of ways I’d rather spend the $$$ on making the party more fun for the kids that come to celebrate. But this year I really felt like it was something I wanted to do. Enter the stress! LOL Having 30 kids for a birthday party I wasn’t about to spend a ton of money on treat bags. While the dollar stores are starting to improve their items and have some great things for treat bags (really they do) I knew it would quickly add up and I didn’t want to go spending a bunch of money on items that would either get lost, break, or be thrown out within a week. I wanted to something meaningful in a way….Next year when I do their parties separately and have less kids at each, I plan to have a little fun with their treat bags, finding some really special items for each kid. So I looked online for unique ideas. Brooklyn just went to a party where they decorated pumpkins and got to bring them home, so I knew that idea was out (the girls in her class all went to it too).
So what did I come up with? One of our favorite things to do as a family…HOT CHOCOLATE! I made up one per family (4 servings per jar) and found the wooden shapes at Michaels for 70% off (awesome!) and the ribbon as well (around the lid, you can’t see it in the picture).
Using this recipe (set to 4 servings) I made up 26 jars. It was quick, easy, and fun. I included a little notecard that said “Hot Chocolate!
Just mix the contents of this jar with
4 cups boiling water, curl up on the couch together,
Thank you for celebrating our special day.
Love, Brooklyn and Jonah
Although Skim Milk Powder is quite expensive, it still worked out to only about $3-4 per jar! I tried the mix before I made them up (making sure it was a good recipe) and once everyone was gone I grabbed one of the leftover jars and quickly made it up again just to make sure. I had a panick attack when the skim milk powder started clumping, worrying that for some reason it was curdling *gasp*…But alas, it just took some serious whisking and all was well. And it really was delicious! And yes, I’m already trying to figure out what to do for next year’s favors. LOL