Cars, toys, dolls -- but no ponies!
"Party bags generally consist of a crisp-type item, jellies and some kind of fun item; crayons, pencils, a small action toy or colouring book. Many of the parties my children were invited to were in play centres, which have generic lucky bags with sweets, small posters and themed activity/colouring sets such as 'Cars', 'Toy Story', Barbie etc.
"According to my 10-year-old, the worst thing you can get in a party bag is 'barbecue crisps'. According to my eight-year-old, 'sometimes a really rich person gives a real pony along with the party bag' -- not sure where he heard that -- but sometimes the toys aren't much good because 'you can't do much with them'.
"With the generic party bags a lot of the activity stuff is never even taken out, so a whole lot goes in recycling."
-- Alison Wells
Health & Living