3 Donut Party Goody Bag Ideas
The donut party goody bags for Nora’s donut birthday party were probably the very first thing I started curating. This is before even knowing who would be there. I made a list of everyone who we were inviting and just assumed that they would be coming. I figured if anyone didn’t come we would just have a few extra goodies, which was totally fine.
You see I’m kind of obsessed with gift giving in general. I look at people’s Pinterest to see things they like, I shop handmade, I LOVE personalized items. I just find really taking your time to find a nice gift is always noticed and lets people know you had them in mind when selecting the gift. The same thought applied to curating the goody bags. Personalizing them to age was a must, and having a nice mix of goody bag filler and actual items they might use.
I chose to sew fabric goody bags because…crazy. The donut fabric was too good, and I love the idea of the kids being able to keep the bag as part of the favor. Older kids and babies got small drawstring bags, the toddlers and elementary school aged kids got drawstring mini backpacks. I think the bags were a hit, but you’d have to ask them to know for sure. Once I finished that project (which was awesome for practicing my sewing!), I started picking/making items to go in the bags. So. Fun. I love all the donut things!
I’ve noticed goody bags for babies tend to get overlooked. Most likely, because they don’t really know what a goody bag is, but parents do! When I was planning for the babies who would be at the party (since it was a first birthday after all) I wanted to find things that might be useful (parents in mind), and would possibly stick around for a bit. Depending on how many babies you have, board books are a great option and you can find ones to match any theme. Bibs are another great option and super useful. I couldn’t resist throwing in a donut teether because, hello, it’s a donut! Threw in the bubbles, and that’s a party going home with those babies. I went a little overboard but even just one of these things is a great party favor for the babes.
I sewed these bibs myself because I wanted this fun milk fabric, I also wanted to add that handmade touch. I do wish it was smaller scale but hey, still looks cute! If you’re handy with a sewing machine, I used this pattern. I just didn’t do patchwork, used jersey on the front and cotton terry cloth for the backing.
For the toddler/elementary age; I handmade about 100 felt donuts to put in the donut goody bags for sets of three, intended for imaginary play, in their play kitchens or whatever. I also found these fun donut printables from Oh Happy Day that I printed and made sets for a donut match game. Then I threw in a bit of filler like bubbles, depending on age, pencils, erasers, and candy. A few items aren’t pictured that were awesome additions to these donut goody bags. Oriental Trading has a whole donut section, they had these super cute donut trucks, and inflatable donuts which I gave to almost everyone.
Donut Match Printable Oh Happy Day
Finally, for the older kids which were majority girls (one boy who I gave a book to and a few of these items) I picked a lot of things that I just love. Donut Bath Bombs from The Bombox because everyone is obsessed with bath bombs. These smell so delicious so make sure they know they are bath bombs and not candy! Ha! Donut Socks, which if you ask me are a great addition to any goody bag because, 1. you keep them, 2. the styles are endless. For the handmade (from me) these cute hair elastics, which again, so many options of elastic. Also, so simple to make, don’t pay for these things. FYI if you’re searching for the elastic to use it’s called fold over elastic or FOE. It took me a bit to figure that out but on Etsy limitless options of this stuff.
I had so much fun putting these goody bags together. It makes me so happy when I see someone using one of the items or mentions loving an item. That’s when it makes putting all the effort in worth while. I will always make a fuss over goody bags, because I love giving gifts, and I love finding new items. Putting a party together is like a fun puzzle, you just keep looking for all the pieces to line up. While I loved all the pieces in this donut birthday party, these donut party goody bags may have been my favorite piece.