- They hostess(es) sent email invitations [save time & some postal cash]
- They expressed "no gifts, please" [what does a one-year old really need anyway?]
- They didn't send us home with b-day party favors [save cash & who needs more trinkets?]
If you are inclined to send guests home with favors, this article gave some noteworthy ideas that I might use in the future...esp. the book trading idea.
Usually I'm a strict adherent to the "no gift" rule. However, just before this party I felt crafty, and maybe, a bit nostalgic since we're moving in a few months. And a craft store near me was closing and had a sale. And Destructo sat on a kitchen stool for 4 hours being stubborn about eating his dinner turned breakfast so I had the time!
I like to think of my creation as a "library book bag" my husband likes to tease me and call them "man purses." I don't think the one-year-olds will care either way.