Children often bring home goody bags from another child's birthday party. These little cellophane packages, often printed with a cartoon character or party theme, are filled with candy and little toys to thank the guest and serve as a souvenir. There's no reason to restrict this charming custom to children's parties. Jazz up your next adult party by passing out goody bags to your guests.
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Send home your spa party guests with spa-themed goody bags. Throw in sample-sized versions of elegant shampoos, conditioners and moisturisers. Add orange sticks, toe separators and bottles of the hottest new nail colour. Guests may welcome a dose of bath oil and an inflatable bath pillow. As an appropriate modification to the cellophane bag, tuck the gifts inside a new make-up pouch.
If you're hosting a cocktail or wine-tasting party, add an unexpected touch by heaping goody bags in a bowl by the door and encouraging each guest to take a bag as he takes his leave. Fill the bags with airline-sized bottles of liqueurs, swizzle sticks, small olive jars and a glass bottle topper. Arrange the goody bags to reflect your party's theme. For a casino-style party, add dice, a pack of playing cards and chocolates wrapped as poker chips. Another suitable idea would be to fill each goody bag a pack of gum, mints, a bottle of water and a disposable breathalyzer to help make sure guests are safe to drive home.
Complete a backyard barbecue party with goody bags. A western themed goody bag might contain a shiny sheriff's badge, a bottle of barbecue or hot sauce, toothpicks, and a beer mug shaped like a jelly jar or a cowboy boot. Center everything on a colourful bandanna; wrap and secure with twine. Or convert the goody bag an outdoors survival kit by placing sunglasses, small tubes of insect repellent and sunscreen, a paper fan and a beer-can cosy inside a large-brimmed hat. Throw in a piece of glow-in-the-dark jewellery for fun.
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