I’m not a huge fan of loot bags, but I understand that they are part of the package when you plan and host a birthday party. Having said that, if the contents of the goody bag are simple, practical and useful, I can get over my dislike of them, and even have a little fun putting them together.
Regardless of how I feel about these take home treats, the kids absolutely love them! Here are 18 ideas for loot bag fillers you won’t mind handing out at your next party. Some of the ideas are based on a specific them, and others are suitable for almost any type of party you might be planning.
Loot Bag Ideas for Specific Party Themes:
Loot Bag Ideas for Any Party Theme:
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Sometime last week, as I was making a list of what to make my kids for their school lunches, I realized it’s not the mid-day meal that leaves me in a lurch each day, but rather it’s the healthy, relatively homemade dinner I need to get on the table every night in between working, carpooling, extra-curricular activities, and math homework. That, without a doubt, will become my undoing, unless I have a minimum of four quick dinners planned for the week before Monday morning rolls around.
The first one I tested was definitely a dinner homerun that doubles as the next day’s lunch, awarding it extra bonus points because it feeds my family twice while requiring very little work on my part. It also happens to be flavourful, healthy, and cooks all day while I work, making it a twenty-minute, less-than-ten-ingredient dinner the whole family will devour.
The brilliance of using sausages (turkey or pork) in this recipe instead of traditional ground beef is that they are already flavoured with seasonings, cutting your ingredient list in half from the get go. A little onion, a can of tomatoes, splash of wine and Worcestershire round out the required items and within a few short hours your dinner is nearly ready.
For those who don’t want to fuss with prepping the food while simultaneously making breakfast, you can always combine the ingredients in your slow cooker the night before, then pull it from the fridge in the morning and turn it on to cook.
Do you have a favourite weeknight dinner? Share in the comments and let us know what works for you on a busy weeknight.