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What to include in your child’s plastic free party bags

Who doesn’t remember the happiness felt, skipping out of a party with a bag full of goodies? No child can resist a party bag – a little package of loot – to continue the fun once the party is over.

Traditionally these going home presents are often filled with lots of single-use plastics, inevitably ending up as landfill soon enough. If you're trying to limit the waste from your child's party we've put together some ideas to create party-perfect bags that both kids and the environment will love… hooray!

Plastic-free party bags

A simple switch is to think about the bag itself. Instead of plastic goody bags, opt for paper or even cute recycled cloth bags that can be used again. Paper bags can be easily customised with names and colourful drawings by the Birthday boy or girl themselves beforehand – or we can do it for you with one of our personalised paper bags!

Tasty treats

Instead of plastic packaged sweets, have some pre-party fun by creating biscuits, cakes or choccies at home. Then wrap in already-read magazines or brown paper for an Insta-worthy plastic-free parcel. To make them extra-special, add a brown luggage tag, stamped with the lucky recipient’s name or 'baked with love’. Ahhh!

After-party activities

Forget one-time uses, pop a little something in your party bags that keeps giving! We love mementos such as seed packets – kids can plant their seeds and watch them grow, long after the joy of winning musical chairs has ended. Plus there's a lesson in nature in there too - always a winner!

Creative goodies

Whether it’s crayons and a colouring book, wooden toys or a baking kit (just use small glass jars for ingredients, such as flour and sugar), little ones will love getting crafty and showing off their makes. And hopefully, these are more fun and less noisy than a plastic party blower! Other parents can thank you later...

Beautiful books

If you want to keep it simple, you can't go wrong with a book that will be read again and again. Often these can be picked up in sets for a really reasonable price, or search your local charity shops for good quality second hand ones.

What will you put in your kids' party bags? We’d love to know! Tell us by emailing: hello@weddinginateacup.co.uk or commenting on Facebook or Instagram

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