Homemade Party Packs

by Jaime Swanson
Homemade party packs are fun to give to a party full of kids.

Homemade party packs are fun to give to a party full of kids.

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Homemade party packs are often cheaper alternatives to buying already-filled gift boxes or bags to hand out to your party guests. Personalize your party packs with gifts of food, toys, books and other trinkets that match the theme of your party; your guests will enjoy the memento.


The base of your homemade party pack is the container you choose to use to present the gift to your party guests. Use small tin buckets, wicker baskets, paper or felt bags or canvas totes. Make sure whichever container you choose is large enough to hold all the treats you plan to give your guests.

Food and Drink

The cheapest, and possibly easiest, treats to put into your homemade party packs are homemade foods. Cookies, popcorn balls, caramels or lollipops are fun, tasty gifts to give your guests. Before you pack the gift bag, though, take your guests' health into consideration -- make sure no one has any allergies that will flare up after eating your gift. Include small bottles of wine or liquor for an older crowd. If the people receiving these packs are too young to drink, include flavored iced tea or lemonade mixes.

Toys and Trinkets

Gear your homemade party packs toward the age range of the group of people you'll be giving them to. Stuff the pack with pinwheels, crayons or stickers for kids to play with. For teens and adults, include trinkets such as lip balm, pens and pencils and other practical, everyday items that your guests will get use from at home or at work.

Paper Gifts

Include in your homemade party packs gifts such as puzzle books -- word search, crossword or Sudoku -- or blank journals or notepads. If you have a favorite novel or inspirational book, include that, as well. Other paper gifts include origami paper, construction paper pads or coloring books. Match your paper gifts to the writing tools you include in your party pack. Children will enjoy coloring in their new books, while adults will enjoy using their pens and pencils to fill out puzzles.

About the Author

Jaime Swanson started working as a journalist in 2001. She has written and edited for newspapers in northern Illinois, including the "Daily Southtown" and the "Daily Herald," both in suburban Chicago. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University.

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