Loot bags. One of the key deliverables of the week, and I don't know why, but I always get tied up in knots about these things. Gotta make sure each kid has the same or at least the equivalent of what the other has. Don't want any fights to erupt, or complaints to be heard the next day at school. Don't want to annoy the parents too much with too much junk that just litters their household. And I know that much of it will end up in a landfill somewhere, but it's hard to be green with junk. Don't want to spend a mint on the stuff either. Already paying a bit of a price for the party itself, but in my opinion, it's worth the extra dollars to keep the party, 20 kids and all the paraphernalia out of my house.
Turns out there are major controversies about loot bags, all that they represent and the message they are giving to our kids. Check out any mothering board and you'll see what I mean. I don't care, to me in essence they are a "thank you for coming to my party" gesture, and what kid wants to go to a party only to get "boo" as far as a parting gift? It gives Liam a lot of pleasure to hand them out at the end too, so he can thank each and every one of his friends for coming to celebrate with him.
I'm pleased to announce that I've had a very fruitful morning at our brand spanking new neighbourhood dollarama! I spent a whopping $82.08. Wait, how on earth did I manage to buy 72 items without even buying the main loot yet?!
I'll have to head out again tomorrow.