We don't usually hand out pre-packed goodie bags at our parties because we like the guests to collect stuff in theirs all through the day. This time, though, we made two takeaways for each family that was represented in our guest list.
The first was a recipe book of Jenna's favorite cookies, with a foreword by Jenna. These are the actual recipes we use at home, typed out and printed on the brightest and most colorful paper we could find. To make it more fun for Jenna, she and I took our original templates to the nearest print shop, where she got to look at the huge color-sample book and pick out the colors she wanted. We printed out the different pages with Jenna helping to load the copier and count the sheets of paper and then went home to cut and sew them up.
Jenna sat outside on our deck folding the little books and admiring the colors.
The second takeaway was a cookie kit.
We could easily have put the cookie mix in a jar, but I didn't have jars. So we divided big plastic bags into sections and sewed the sections apart. We printed out labels with the instructions behind them, to finish of the kit.
To keep the ingredients from oozing out while sewing, we employed a little simple Physics trick-
a pair of strip magnets kept each section clamped tightly shut so we could sew across the bags.
And because we knew that little kids might be helping their parents at home to bake these cookies, we labeled the sections A, B and C to help with the instructions. Simple!