Sugar Cookies (loot bag alternative)
Personally I hate the expectation that some kids have, that a party isn't over until they leave with a giant loot bag full of candy and plastic toys! Where did this ritual come from? One great alternative that has worked for me is to make sugar cookies as a nice little "thanks for coming" gift that kids can take when they leave. Most kids eat it before they walk out the front gate (so no bag is required) but otherwise I use plain kraft sandwich bags so they can take them home.
Planet Party Kits now stock Number Cookie Cutters so you can make lots of cookies in the shape of your child's age!
My favourite, easy, never-fail sugar cookie recipe is this one by Sugar Spun Run.
IMAGE SOURCE: Nigella Lawson's Butter Cut Out Cookies