My family and I recently attended the birthday party of a good six year-old buddy. Great end-of-summer shindig: there was swimming, a picnic in the park, and super-delicious chocolate cake. At least 30 kids and their siblings ran around having a good time while the parents chatted and drank strawberry lemonade.
As the party came to an end, each pint-sized guest (and sibling, if there was one) received a wrapped party favor with his or her name written on it. Turns out the birthday boy’s mom, Mary Wells, had gone to our local library’s used bookstore and hand-picked a book for each kid. It doesn’t get better than that!
Here’s what she has to say:
If people don’t have a library resale store in their town, every town has a library book sale at least once a year, and Goodwill and other used-stuff stores usually have a good supply of books. I tried to match books to kids too, which was actually really fun, and we agreed that any birthday party that ends with half the kids engrossed in a book must be an unqualified success. Frankly, I’m totally thrilled to have purchased a party favor that cost $1.50 per kid or less, and that parents will value instead of trying to vacuum up or throw away on the sly! I can’t take the credit for the actual hack, however, because it was Cassandra’s idea. She knows her resale values!
Mary Wells is developing a reputation for primo party favors: she was responsible for the crepe paper party ball as well.