Fun Birthday Party Favors on a Budget

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As I’ve shared before, I am a kids’ birthday party kinda gal.

I heart a fun birthday party. My favorite things are making the invitations, making the cupcakes and fun party favor ideas.

Now that we have enough children we could make our own football team, as you can imagine, birthday parties must be done on a budget. Especially since the twins’ birthday is literally six weeks after Christmas, and then the other childrens’ birthdays all just weeks after that.

Here is an awesome homemade (stay with me) candy (you still there?) birthday party favor. As we know the party favors can break the bank. Not these- they are totally budget friendly.


This is how you make them… so simple!

Using a double boiler melt chocolate wafers. You should be able to find these melts at any craft store or cake supply store. You can get them in many colors and some are even flavored.

You know what a double boiler is right? It is a metal deep pan that you place on top of any saucepan that has boiling water in it. This allows you to melt the chocolate pieces without them touching the flame or burner directly- preventing scorching of the chocolate.

Once the water in the saucepan is boiling, dump one package of the wafers into the double boiler.
See, it’s like magic…

Pour the melted chocolate into the candy molds. I bought number molds… ‘4’ since it was their fourth birthday. I purchased my numbered trays for about $2.00 each. I grabbed two to make the process go a little quicker.
Once filled  pop them in the freezer until they are hard.

Once they are hard (about 30 minutes to an hour) they pop right out of the mold.
Put them in cellophane favor treat bags. Instead of using the twisty ties that come with the bags, tie ribbon that matches your party theme around the top to seal the bag. Use scissors to curl the ribbon.
Pair these with any dollar bin item (like a large bottle of bubbles, kite, sand pail, etc) and they are sure to be a hit… on a budget!
Looking for a cake supply store or craft store with candies and molds? If you are here in the DFW area try one of the following:
Don’t forget to check the dollar bins at Target for fun favor ideas! 


  1. Coupon Clippin' Mommy says:

    Great idea, I'm still trying to work on party favors

  2. What a cute idea! I dont think I realized you are in DFW! 🙂

  3. Cake Decorating says:

    Your job is tough: organizing, shopping, planning, inviting. Let us help make your life a little easier.

  4. Very cute – and none of that useless junk that usually fills party favor bags! We did shovels & pails that I decorated with the kids' names one year ($1.00 at Michaels). They were a hit – a nice reminder that favors don't have to be big or complicated!

  5. Ooh just in time! I'm working on my little guy's fifth birthday party prep right now. Normally the birthdays divisible by four are big ones in our family. But last year I was hospitalized on his birthday. So his fifth birthday is going to be his first big friend party.

  6. says:

    Those are so cute! My favorite birthday favor is a mylar balloon (from the Dollar Store) and this would be perfect to tie to the end so they don't float away.

  7. I've used candy melts & molds before for holiday suckers/candy but never thought to do it for birthdays! And using the numbers are a great idea so you don't have to buy a specific theme!

    Thanks for the idea!

  8. Katie Bug says:

    Great idea! I'll have to file this one away for a future birthday.
    For my daughter's first birthday this year, we gave the kiddos "Discovery Bottles" as favors. Discovery Bottles are water bottles that you fill with just about anything you can imagine. We did blue tinted water, confetti, and blue marbles. Hot glue the lid and add colored ribbon. I think it probably cost us less than $.50 per kid.

  9. This is such a great idea for my daughter's Ballerina Birthday! I am on a very tight budget this year, and her birthday is on the 4th of January!!!! I will be using the candy mold idea but instead I'm gonna try to find a ballerina mold, or at least something similar. Thanks for your useful ideas! Happy New Year!

  10. Anthony Enock says:

    added this to digg

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