cheap party favor ideas for ultimate girl party

5 fun and practical holiday party favors

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t’s party time! Whether you are the hostess or a guest, maybe gifts are your love language and you want to contribute or just bring something fun, here are my 5 favorite holiday party favors that are guaranteed to be used during and after the party!

Our Christmas pajama party is coming up, our 14th year (see last years) and through the years we have had all 6 of us and as little as 5 at a a time due to scheduling but we try our best to make it happen. I am always happy to host and my friends really try their best to make it and have brought different traditions to our party – from pajama themes, to board games and photo taking.

Whatever you decide to do, let it happen naturally and most of all have fun! Also a tip, set everything up the night before so you don’t have to do it all day and feel rushed – and if you need food picked up, have a guest who tends to come early grab it for you on their way.

Now, onto some party favor ideas – I like to provide them all ;)

cheap party favor ideas for ultimate girl partyTop: H&M (similar, here and here) / Leather skirt: Ann Taylor (similar) / Featuring: Tumblers, Charming Charlie (similar)

1 / Drink Tumblers

Pass the punch and keep your guests hydrated all night. The past three years I’ve gifted tumblers to the girls to enjoy throughout the evening – they fill it with water or punch.

To set them apart I put an initial sticker on each of tumbler. It’s a fun keepsake they get to use the rest of the year.

cheap party favor ideas for ultimate girl party

You can find cute tumblers from so many places – Target, Paper Source, Michael’s or even the 99 Cents store (mine are from there this yer). You can find cute sayings to go with any party theme or even any color theme.  The girls always get so excited for their tumblers!

2/ Fun leftover tubs + 3 / leftovers – or breakfast!

I always send the girls home with leftovers because I usually have to head out of town after and we don’t want food to go to waste!

OK is that cheating that I counted the leftovers that go in the tub? Ok wait, hear me out – you can do that OR you can pick up a stack of cinnamon rolls and give them to guests in a tub like this so they have breakfast the next morning, because it might be one of those late parties and they’ll wake up and not have to think about breakfast so it almost just keeps that party feeling alive in the morning.

Ceramic bowls with a plastic lid containers are just darling. You can also find tubs at the 99 Cents Store (I really am a fan can you tell?) but Home Goods is great for the win and it’s such a sweet touch to dish out leftovers in something they can enjoy throughout the season.

cheap party favor ideas for ultimate girl party

4 / Totes

Depending on the kind of party you have, if it’s a gift exchange or there’s going to be a lot of things given after the party, having totes to help with carrying things out can make it easier.

cheap party favor ideas for ultimate girl party

You can pick some up for a dollar at the 99 cents store, Home Goods, TJMaxx, you know the places, they are right by checkout. These bags cost about $2.50 each.

cheap party favor ideas for ultimate girl party

5 / Fun Socks

If you’re a shoes off kind of home, with holiday entertaining you may break those rules if people are coming in a fancy dress and the shoes make the outfit, but if it’s casual or a pajama party (like mine) lay out some fun socks and let a guest grab a pair that speaks to them that they can wear all night.

So many cute ones from Forever21 for about $2.50 each! They have socks similar at Target for $1.50. This heart pair is so cute from Romwe.

Bonus ideas

  • Ornaments
  • Party florals (after the party give them away)
  • Photos from the party – set out an instant camera

Do you give fun party favors what are your favorite things to give or receive?

This post was originally published on November 13, 2017 and modified on November 25, 2019.


Diana Elizabeth hosts two big parties a year – Christmas and Easter. Easter is much larger with kids too, and the Christmas party is pretty intimate with 6 and under but both take lots of planning. She’d like to add one more to the mix, what holiday do you suggest? Valentine’s Day?

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.

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