Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thursday Thirteen - 13 bags o' Loot

Preparations for the big party for the boy's 8th birthday, are the major part of today's agenda.

I swore that last year would be THE last of the big parties. There were a dozen boys at his 7th, and it was manageable. Certainly an improvement over the previous years' gatherings (25- 30 kids ?!!! Nuts, I tell ya. Thank goodness for indoor playgrounds).

This year I thought he'd want to do something smaller. But his chosen activity is Laserquest. So his fractured clavicle is not the best accompaniment for the festivities. The Dad, however, has promised that he will give the group a talk about the injured birthday boy before they head out on their quest. Who knows, they may form a posse around him ... wouldn't that be a hoot!

What's left to do? The big thing is the LOOT bag. I am at a loss; 8 year old boys are a difficult demographic. Here are my thirteen possibilities for thirteen loot bags:

1. Silly putty
2. Chocolate bars
3. 3-D puzzles
4. Rocks
5. Balls
6. Key chain (boring but reliable)
7. Pocket volcano
8. Noisemaker. Parents. Would hate me.
9. Gift cards for Starbucks. Parents. Would love me.
10. Gift Certificates for ice-cream. But then that would be too organized.
11. Stickers. But I suspect they’re too old now.
12. Snake, frogs, rubbery things. They may as well learn about rubbers now.
13. Mini lava lamps. Rather useless, but then so is the other stuff.

If you have any other more brilliant ideas (and I'm positive that there are tons), just let me know.

I suppose I should be happy for this momentary reprieve. The girlie starts kindergarten in the fall - and the big party playground circuit starts all over again come winter.


The Immoral Matriarch said...

Mini lava lamps! cool!!

Stacey @Real World Mom said...

Hehe for #12! Wise choice! ;-)

Ginaagain said...

The most successful goodie I ever put in a party bag were hacky sacks (kickballs or footbags.. whatever you call them.) Not only did the boys think they were awesome but we even had adults begging for their own.

Kami said...

Sounds like great fun! But the clavicle, oy, hope he can keep it under cover!

Jane @ Kidzarama said...

My friend gives the kids brown lunch bags, stickers and textas & tells them to decorate their own loot bags.

Then they get to choose some of the party lollies to put in their bags.

Good luck!

Kimmylyn said...

I would love a lava lamp..but I would be afraid they would break it before they got home.. I like the idea of the hacky sack that ginaagain posted..

dkuroiwa said...

We already have a lave lamp or two so I would go with #9!!

I had a party for Issei's 7th...and here in Japan, they don't really do that kind of thing. He invited 7 of his friend and we went bowling...made a "race track" cake and had goody bags with a race car included...the mothers were relly uncomfortable about how to handle that!! Big birthday parties for little kids is definitely NOT a Japanese thing to do!!!
Have fun planning!!!

K8spade said...

I would DIE for one of those loot bags. Love everything in there. Especially the ice cream g.c. Can you make it 14?

LunaNik said...

Sorry, no ideas as I am not yet at the goodie bag years of my kids lives. Dreading it though. *gulp*

Dina said...

boy things sure do get more complex as they get older!! I was also wondering about loot bags..but my boy is only going to be TWO!!
gotta outdo the other kiddos ya know!!
i like all your idea- especially the SB gift cards-VERY useful!!


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