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Loot Bag Rage

They're totally craptastic

My middle daughter has a birthday coming up, and it's not the invites, venue, cake or decor that has me stressed out.

It's the loot bag. Those friggin' loot bags. I hate them!

And I'm not the only one. Yummy Mummy Club blogger Sharon DeVellis isn't a fan of the loot bag either. She has some great tips on loot bag alternatives, and I'm waffling over some of these ideas. They seem a little ambitious for the party we have planned, which is happening at a local rec centre. The kids will dance for an hour before we head to a room for food and cake. There's no time or room to do a take home craft, and I don't have the desire to print and iron anything (I'm not even sure I own an iron).

I'd love to simply dispense with the loot bags, but you know I'll be facing a room full of four-year-olds who will totally be looking up at me expectantly on the way out.

I don't want to stuff bags of dollar store crap, because like Sharon, it's not a fit with our values, and I hate finding that junk stuffed in the corners of my van too.

I've seen a trend lately in gifting one bigger item to each kid instead of a loot bag o'crap. The last party we were at gave out My Little Pony figurines. Is it just me, or should loot bags NOT be as good as the present the birthday kid is receiving?

Help! Got any great loot bag alternatives that are inexpensive, easy to find, and require no real effort on my part? I'm going to be busy enough as it is making this ridiculous cake.

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