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Party Packs Ideas – What To Put In Party Packs

Party packs have become synonymous with planning kid’s birthday parties nowadays. Some parents do not throw a big party at home but send party packs and cupcakes to school. Others may send something small to school, like a cupcake, and plan a birthday party to celebrate their kid’s birthday at home and inviting a few friends over. No matter what you decide on doing, here are some party pack ideas that you can look at, next time you are planning your child’s upcoming birthday.

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party packs Ideas - What To Put In party Packs

Party packs ideas for kid’s birthday parties

Party packs are a huge hit with kids and is a convenient option for parents. They also play a vital role in your party décor. However, deciding what to put in your party packs can be a tad confusing. If the intended purpose is for the party packs to be eaten at the party, you must try to cater for various children, paying attention to food intolerances and allergens. If your party is happening over lunchtime, you must include something food wise to sustain them, like a burger, or hotdog with a few treats like a cupcake, packet of chips and a small bag of sweets.

Some guidelines and ideas when making party packs

  • If you can, try to include sweets and foods that match your party theme.
  • Avoid just giving them loads of sweets, there are plenty of healthier choices available too.
  • Keep allergies in mind – ask the mommies beforehand whether their kids are dairy or gluten intolerant or have any food allergies.
  • Choose creative party pack containers. It does not always have to be a bag. Foldable boxes, small lunchboxes or buckets work well and can be reused.
  • It helps to personalise each packet because it makes it easier for every child to get one and eliminates confusion, especially if you have included foods for one or two kids that have food intolerances or allergies.
  • Always make up a few extra because some kids might have siblings that come with or someone may have arrived without RSVP’ing. 

The key to making child-pleasing party packs is to have fun and be creative. There are no specific rules as to what should go into them and what not. Work out your budget and them and work according to them.

DIY party packs ideas

Party packs are not a pre-requisite when it comes to birthday parties, but they do make it more exciting and memorable. It is always wonderful to take home a bag filled with goodies Party bags are typically small boxes, bags, or other containers filled with a selection of treats and sometimes a novelty gift. It always adds a special touch to your kid’s birthday party without costing a fortune. In this article we will be sharing some ideas and tricks for putting together an amazing party pack.

Ideas for novelty party pack contents

Many parents ask themselves the question, what to put in party packs? Aside from snacks, you can really make their eyes sparkle by adding a small gift or novelty item.

Here are some examples:

  • Any toys that glow in the dark.
  • Rubber bouncing balls.
  • Yoyo’s
  • Temporary tattoos.
  • Mini bubbles.
  • Marbles.
  • Erasers and pencil toppers.
  • Mini slinkies.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Small toy cars or dolls.
  • Noisemakers.
  • Stickers.
  • Mini games.
  • Mini puzzles.
  • Small purses/wallets
  • Coloring page and small packet of crayons.
  • Mini torches.

Party pack contents – Moms that do not mind the sugar

For moms that are not too worried about too much sugar or including healthy foods, making up crowd-pleasing party packs usually contain the following:

  • A juice or cold drink.
  • 1 x Packet of smarties, jelly tots, or any other sweeties.
  • 1 x Packet of potato chips, Niknaks, puffed corn, or popcorn.
  • 1 x Fizzer.
  • 1 x Small chocolate bar.

Party pack ideas for school

Party packs are no fun if there is not some treat hidden in there. You want to give them a surprise packet with a variety of treats, but you can include some snacks that are not loaded with sugar. There are plenty of snacks available that are good additions to your goody bag and a healthier choice. You can still add a treat or two but try to avoid a sugar overload. 

  • Trail mix.
  • Puffed corn.
  • Mini pretzels or dipped pretzel sticks.
  • Homemade oat cookies.
  • Dried fruit rolls or snacks.
  • Packet of potato chips.
  • A small juice.
  • Lollipop.
  • Mini chocolate bar.
  • Fruit bar.
  • Healthy muffin.
  • Cheese stick.
  • Granola bar.
  • Fruit that children love, like grapes, or a nartjie. 

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Party packs contents – for moms that must consider allergies

Some children have food intolerances or food allergies which makes party planning a bit more complicated. However, there are loads of ideas and recipes on the web that you can use as inspiration to create a party pack that is not just healthier but is suitable for everyone. 

Here are a few examples:

  • Snickerdoodle cookies – even though cookies are not necessarily a healthy choice, they are delicious and quick to make. The great thing about cookies, is that you can change the recipe and add nut, gluten, and dairy-free ingredients when making them. Homemade cookies are always tastier because they are made with love, and this way you can choose what goes into them. 
  • Cereal bars – cereal bars are naturally a healthier choice than chocolate but be sure to read the ingredients list carefully to ensure there are no nuts in them. Luckily, nowadays the health sections in the grocery stores have plenty of gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free alternatives that you can send to school.
  • Fruityou cannot go wrong with fruit. You can include fruits that everyone loves, like watermelon, sweet melon, pineapple, grapes and make some fruit kebabs. They do not necessarily go into the party pack, but is a healthy alternative to serve at home or to send to school, but just ask the teacher if they 
  • Popcorn – homemade popcorn is the best, especially when they are air popped and sprinkled with icing sugar or lightly salted.
  • Jello cups – who does not enjoy a cup of jello? They even serve it in hospitals, so you know it does not contain a lot of sugar. 
  • Yogurt cups – only if there are no kids with dairy intolerance.
  • Chocolate crackles – you can make them with dairy and gluten free cereal.
  • Plain potato chips – they should contain no additives of course.
  • Chopped veggies with a dip – you can use veggies like cucumber and carrot that are chopped and make a safe homemade dip.
  • Water – we all know water is good for us. It does not contain any harmful ingredients, unlike fizzy drinks and juice that contains heap of added sugar. To jazz it up a little you can add themed wrappers on the bottles, or you can have a glass dispenser with water and some fresh fruits to add a little flavor. You can also add food colouring to the water to make it more appealing for the kids. 

Healthier party snacks – planning a kid’s birthday party at home

Gone are the days where a slice of cake and a few snacks on the side is sufficient. Nowadays, parents go all out when planning a birthday party, from huge fondant decorated themed cakes, to an array of sweet treats and savory snacks at the party itself and a party packet with more sweet treats to take home. We are the adults, and we can make better choices to make sure our kids eat healthier and are susceptible to health issues like obesity, diabetes, and more. All it takes, is making a few simple changes.

5 Guidelines for hosting a healthier kid’s birthday party

  • Start by offering healthier savory snacks first like breadsticks with hummus and veggies with a dip.
  • Offer something with substance, like healthy mini sandwiches or homemade pizza snacks. There are loads of healthy recipes on the web from famous chefs like Jamie Oliver that strive to get kids to eat healthier from a young age.
  • Lower the quantity of food, but rather increase the quality. Instead of buying sugar-laden hard candies, instead opt for quality chocolate.
  • Make your own snacks instead of splurging on shop bought ones. For instance, popping your own popcorn is not just healthier, but a cheaper option too. 

We are not saying that you should host a boring party with only sugar-free treats, even though it is possible. The idea is to be more mindful of what we give our kids at these parties and consider their future health. It might sound old fashioned, but you will thank yourself years along the line.

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BONUS: Homemade food ideas for kid’s parties

Now let us get to the fun part. I am sure you are wondering what foods you can serve at your kid’s birthday party that they will love.

Fruit and marshmallow kebabs

You can get really creative by making magical fruit wands with marshmallows and fruit. You can also dip the marshmallows in chocolate and roll them in hundreds and thousands beforehand. 


There are so many fun variations that you can try. From caramel popcorn to savory popcorn. Fairy popcorn is a definite children’s favorite with white chocolate drizzled over the top, decorated with rainbow sprinkles, and left in the fridge to set.

Rice Krispie treats

Rice Krispie treats are a classic party treat and have been used for generations. They are super easy to make and enjoyed by young and old alike. Here is the recipe:


  • 3 x Tablespoons butter
  • 4 x Cups of miniature marshmallows (or 1 x packet large marshmallows)
  • 6 x Cups of Rice Krispies


  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the marshmallows and keep stirring until they are melted completely. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Add the Rice Krispies cereal and stir until everything is coated.
  • coat a two-inch pan with cooking spray and use wax paper or a buttered spatula to press the mixture inside. 
  • Allow to cool. 
  • Once cooled, cut into two-inch squares.

Microwave method:

  • Heat the marshmallows and butter on high in a microwave-safe container for three minutes (stir after two minutes). Stir the mixture until smooth. Once done, allow to cool and follow the rest of the instructions mentioned above.

Jello cups

Jello cups

There are so many ideas for jello. You can layer different colors and you can even try jelly oranges which the kids will love.

Toffee apples

I am not sure if toffee apples are still a thing nowadays, but I have fond memories of digging into toffee apples when I was a kid. 

Cupcakes or cake pops

Even the humble vanilla-flavored cupcake can be decorated in various ways with cupcake toppers, icing, lollies, and sprinkles. If your child is still a toddler, and you are worried about wastage, you can consider bitesize cake toppers.


Who does not love cookies? This is such an easy party snack to make and you can decorate them according to your theme. Sugar coated cookies have become a novelty these days and you can make them according to any theme, even Paw Patrol and Mickey mouse. And kids love them!

Mini quiche

Mini quiche is an excellent savory treat and can be made with different flavor variations. Ham and cheese are usually a favorite among kids, but you can use any flavor you want or even make a few different flavor options.

Mini pizza

Mini pizzas are so versatile, because you can make one big pizza and use cookie cutters to make different shapes or you can make rolled pizza pinwheels with puff pastry, a little more exciting and inviting.

Sausage rolls

Sausage rolls are another classic dish that has been served at not only kid’s parties, but also baby showers, adult birthday parties, and more. They are super easy to make, but you can also buy frozen sausage rolls and pop them in the oven a few hours before the party. 

Mini hamburgers or hotdogs

Need I say more? Even with all the sweet and savory treats served at the party, it is always a good idea to have something that adds more substance. Mini hamburger and hotdogs are always a go-to-meal for kids and easy to prepare.


We hope you have enjoyed our article and that you will take some of our ideas and tips on board the next time you are planning your kid’s birthday party. There is no question about the popularity of party bags, and I do not think they will go out of fashion anytime soon. 

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  1. Wow… great ideas for kids parties, especially for healthier snacks..

  2. I love this so much. Definitely going to use these ideas for my sons third birthday in January.

  3. Thanks. Great ideas

  4. Good ideas. Love to see the little ones faces lit up at a party

  5. Wow I never thought of all these fantastic ideas. My son’s birthday is in 2 weeks going to be using some of these🎂

  6. Marcia Odette Pillay

    Thank you for the rice krispies treat recipe, this one is so clear. My kids have been asking for this. Best wishes🤗

  7. Wow This is such a great and helpful article.

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