Party Favors and Give-aways Part 2 of 3

In my previous article I discussed how invitations set the mood for getting people to attend your event. In this article I am going to tell you about what I do when I have a party to help make it a more enjoyable event. Give gifts and/or party favors. It doesn’t need to cost and arm and a leg to have something at your event for your attendees to keep when they leave. This is a little memento of the event that they can take home.

Recently, my husband turned 50. I put together a great little party in Daytona Beach at a fabulous little hotel called the Bahama House. Even though most of the attendees were family, I felt the need to present everyone with a goodie bag. We have great packaging on our websites, so I purchased some very nice gold bags and black and gold wraphia to make bows on the outside of the bags. But what was on the inside of each bag is what made everyone say WOW! They were amazed that they were getting “presents” at someone else’s birthday party. I had ordered 24 bottles of private labeled water imprinted with a custom message, my husband’s name and the date. I added the little celebration cakes the can be microwaved and come complete with a candle, balloon and sprinkles, there were light up buttons that said Happy Birthday, we had a chocolate 50 packaged in clear cello and tied with imprinted ribbon that had the same message as the water bottles, and the most fun item in the bag was a light up pilsner glass that was also imprinted with the same message as the water bottles and the chocolate. These were all presented to each guest at check-in. Everyone could tell by the contents of the goodie bag just how great the party was going to be! They were excited!!

Not everyone has to go as crazy with goodie bags as I did, but you only turn 50 once. For my birthday a couple of years ago, I decided to have a casino party. Each of the attendees received chocolate poker chips, and a light up button that looked like an Ace and King of Spades. (Yes, I do like things that light up and blink). Everyone loved wearing their button, and it was fun when it got dark outside. The chocolate was delicious too!

Having a theme for your party, helps not only with finding enticing invitations, but it also helps you with the kinds of giveaways that you will hand out to keep them thinking about your company or your event, long after it is over. Even restaurants and department stores have been known to give away edible things to get you to come in to their place of business and purchase. One time we worked with a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee, and they ordered hundreds of chocolate dipped fortune cookies with their own custom fortunes inside. Some of the fortunes had discounts off for food purchases, and others had a free item offer with purchase. – Who would have thought that KFC would use fortune cookies to promote their company? We were also approached a few years back to use this same concept for a women’s clothing store chain, but instead of fortune cookies they used bars of chocolate with the discounts inside.

Ask your promotional consultant if you get stuck for ideas. There are thousands of ideas out there. And most of all have fun!