At a recent presentation I gave, a mom told me her brilliant idea for keeping the influx of toys to a minimum at her son’s birthday party. She said she organized a book swap, instructing the invitees to wrap up one of their favorite story books in lieu of bringing a store-bought gift. Her son was delighted to receive 10 new-to-him books from his friends and did not seem to miss the usual cheap-toy-from-Target gift.
At the end of the party, this mother handed out goodie bags containing books that the boy had selected from his own little library to give to his friends. The friends were equally delighted to receive new-to-them, full-size story books for party favors. Neither the boy nor his friends had to spend a dime on gifts or party favors.
Using this ingenious method, the mother was able to keep the number of books in his collection the same while simultaneously introducing several new books to keep the collection fresh. Give this woman a medal!
Image of what appears to be Aryan quadruplets at a party courtesy of Top Dog Limo Bus.