Are Party Bags Falling Out Of Favour?

Has anyone else clocked the new trend for handing out ‘sweetie cones’ instead of party bags these days? Has this been a gradual metamorphosis? Have I been too sleep-deprived to notice? Since when did a sugar coma replace assorted plastic crap?

I’m in two minds about the bag being sidelined. I can’t help feeling defensive on behalf of all the mini bubble wands and packets of crayons out there. Same with the stickers that refuse to stick, and the neon bracelets that disintegrate as soon as little fingers touch them. Yes, I know they hold our kids’ attention for a grand total of five seconds but there is a sort of nostalgia about them…

Let’s examine the ‘sweetie cone’ as a viable alternative. In my opinion, homemade ones are better than the ready-constructed, bought off eBay ones. Ok, they’re slightly more pricey (once you’ve tracked down 30 equal amounts of everything) but you’re also guaranteed a few stray ‘surprises’ in amongst the mini marshmallows. A friend of mine was assembling her son’s sweetie cones at 1am in the morning . She was so tired that she didn’t realise she was chucking in dark chocolate liquors instead of chocolate buttons until the bags were sealed. No biggy, I reassured her the next day. We parents eat most of it anyway…

Are sweetie cones the new party bag?

And what’s with all the multi-coloured popcorny stuff? I can only assume that a kilo is cheaper than air, despite it having more E’s than a 90s rave.  If so, then get you, Party Mum. I hope you’ve earmarked a large bottle of red with the surplus. You’re going to need it after The Entertainment has assembled his last balloon animal.

Perhaps the arrival of the sweetie cone is signalling a gradual demise in the birthday favour altogether? Children’s parties can be eye-wateringly expensive. The cost creeps up and up until suddenly you can’t afford to put food on the table anymore. I’ve thrown two parties in the last month and i’ve spent an average of £450 on each – I haven’t even been that extravagant! I’ll break it down for you;

  • Entertainer – £200
  • Packed lunches for 30-odd kiddies (£100)
  • Balloons, streamers, banners, biscuits for adults – essential (£100)
  • The Cake (£50)

Perhaps a soggy piece of cake should suffice as a goodbye gift? After all, you’ve just fed and entertained everyone’s children for the last two hours.

Still, I’ll mourn the passing of the party bag in the same way I’ll mourn that shiny new tub of playdoh after my kids get their hands on it… with wistful affection. I’ll recall my excitement at seeing what goodies lay underneath the sherbet dib dabs and how it felt when my bubbles leaked all over my penny sweets.

But times have changed. Budgets have changed. Economising is the new priority amidst cuts and austerity.

Even so, I hear Poundland do a pretty good kids’ party favour selection these days.



My Petit Canard



  1. April 10, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    I used to love receiving a party bag from parties I went to as a child. I think I looked forward to them more than the actual party sometimes haha #marvmondays

  2. Mainy - myrealfairy
    April 10, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    I’m not a fan of party bags or sweet cones. I love a party but I give a piece of cake as their take home treat as I cant bear all the tat that normally goes in party bags. I know my kids love to get a bag but the result of the sweet rush they get is something that’s not too much fun. I sound like a bit of a whinge when I see it written down but cake and a good party is good enough in my book:)
    Thanks for joining in with #mainyloveseaster (and yes chocolate eggs are free flowing at easter;)

    • April 11, 2017 / 5:51 pm

      I know quite a few mums that share this view! I agree, it is just plastic tat. It’s only nostalgia that keeps me holding on! x

  3. April 11, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    Sweetie cones all the way here! Kids only want the sweets out of party bags anyway, the plastic crap just ends up in the bin! #marvmondays

    • April 12, 2017 / 7:58 am

      Kids do generally favour the cones! Mine certainly do… xx

  4. April 12, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    I’m not a fan of either but I’d much prefer my kids to get a sweet cone I think! #MarvMondays

    • April 13, 2017 / 9:25 am

      My kids would agree with that too! Thanks for commenting x

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