Perplexed Party Planner: What to do When There are not Enough Goodie Bags?

Q: I am having a birthday party for my soon to be five year old. I have made goodie bags for the kids that were invited. My dilemma is that often parents will bring their other children. What do I do when I don’t have enough for the other kids that were not invited, but their parents brought them anyway? I was thinking about giving those kids a lolly pop or something… What do you think? What’s proper not to hurt ones feelings?

A: A lollipop is fine – there is absolutely no reason for you to have to make extra party bags for uninvited siblings – but I understand that you don’t want to send them away empty-handed, either. A lollipop is a nice gesture and is sufficient.


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