Making a “Boxed” Party a Semi Handmade #Spectacle Part 1: FAVORS

So clearly, we all been there or been tempted by them. Pay $200-500 for a big box party at My Gym, the Little Gym, BounceU, and they supply the pizza, entertainment, invites, goody bags, and best of all, the staff. I’ve been so hesitant to try this because my mother, queen of parties, and a single mother at that, managed to make the most spectacular parties using a few handmade touches–and buying the rest because hey, she was a single mom getting it done! 🙌

So I’ve given in…with some health issues, end of school year and obligations filling the calendar, I agreed. Plus we love our big box owner so much. BUT….how could I put my own #Semi_Handmade touch on this? Is it even possible? What will the venue allow? I mean, a pizza party again?

So this is my exploratory mission to make a “big box” party #Semi_Handmade because, let’s face it, I’m a millennial and I feel a combination of entitled and special. Where’s my trophy?

So it’s a unicorn birthday party, and this time I started with the favors.

Since I am really into succulent propagating right now, I need places to put these budding babies.


I typically do these huge grab bag goody bags because we are typically catering to a variety of ages.

But this time, I wanted to keep with the unicorn/fantasy theme but do something different. Since this age group is working on hand strength, using spray bottles is an excellent workout, plus the added science of learning to grow something. Or at least not kill it.

So we will be making little fairy garden terrariums for the unicorns! Or horses for the boys…or anyone who prefers a horse over a unicorn.


So what should we include? Definitely need the glass terrarium which I found on Amazon for about $2 each. Some well draining cactus dirt, and these fabulous Ionantha Air Plants from Hinterland Trading, where you can get 20 or so for $20.


Since we have plenty of succulents growing, the kids will be able to plug and place their own plants!


How about that handmade finishing touches? For $5.55 I can get a pack of these Vintage Kraft Treat Gift Box , fill with bright Yellow Crinkle Cut Paper Shred, and tie with a ribbon. Not only is this a unique party favor, but it’s educational, practical, and includes a whimsical touch for the kids to plan for their own unicorn to play in their fairy garden!



Time to package this up!  I have used a 4 X 4 X 4 kraft box but a 6X6X6 inch kraft boxes would also be lovely, with extra room for more crinkle paper and goodies like extra figures or locally sourced candy.




I just love these subtle stripes.  I think it looks more rustic.


Wrap, tie and finish with a handmade touch!  I think I will probably make little thank you tags to tie to the bow and have my daughter hand-write her name.  I’d also like to include inserts about Children’s National Medical Center.  Since all of her gifts will be donated to the Child Life Program, who helped save her life, we are always grateful to them. And we certainly don’t need all of the toys!  But that’s a whole other story (both why we believe in giving and the issue of toy clutter).

What are your thoughts on fairy garden favors for 4 year olds?


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