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BirthdayGirl30
March 7th, 2009, 05:07 PM
Hey everyone!

A bunch of friends and I are headed out on the Monarch of the Seas for a Girls' Weekend Getaway. I thought it would be cool to make up little goodie bags for everyone with stuff they could use on the cruise. Some ideas I had were: post-it notes and pens, inflatable rafts, sunblock.

I know you guys have the best ideas, so what could I put in the bags for reasonably cheap?

Also? Anyone have ideas for slogans I could put on our matching shirts? We're a group of 30-something moms getting away for the weekend. Already suggested were MYLFs (Mom's You'd like...) and also Moms Gone Wild. Both were deemed a little too obvious or over the top. Any suggestions???

C2CMH
March 7th, 2009, 05:19 PM
Hi, We had a group on the Voyager last year and did goodie bags. We also put in small hand sanitizers, hard candy, small packages of gum, a small bag of salty snack mix, those spongy things that go around a can of beer (donated by one who owned a business), highlighters, pens, and some coupons donated by the business and the travel agency. Hope this helps. It can get heavy to carry these bags, we were driving to the port, so it worked out. If you can give them out in advance it will help with extra baggage.

newbiecruiser09
March 7th, 2009, 05:20 PM
For the bags: highlighter for the compass; puzzles/Sudoku etc; cheap paperbacks (I got some at my library's book sale for $.50 each)

Ideas for tees: MOVAs (moms on vacation alone) and Shakers (with a martini shaker picture)

Hope you all have a great time!

RoofingPrincess
March 7th, 2009, 05:24 PM
Tylenol packets for the morning-after-too-much-indulgence headache! :p

BirthdayGirl30
March 7th, 2009, 05:25 PM
Tylenol packets for the morning-after-too-much-indulgence headache! :p

Fabulous idea!! We're so totally going to need that!!!

BirthdayGirl30
March 7th, 2009, 05:27 PM
Hi, We had a group on the Voyager last year and did goodie bags. We also put in small hand sanitizers, hard candy, small packages of gum, a small bag of salty snack mix, those spongy things that go around a can of beer (donated by one who owned a business), highlighters, pens, and some coupons donated by the business and the travel agency. Hope this helps. It can get heavy to carry these bags, we were driving to the port, so it worked out. If you can give them out in advance it will help with extra baggage.

Love the idea of coozies for the can! Thanks!

For the bags: highlighter for the compass; puzzles/Sudoku etc; cheap paperbacks (I got some at my library's book sale for $.50 each)

Ideas for tees: MOVAs (moms on vacation alone) and Shakers (with a martini shaker picture)

Hope you all have a great time!

What a cute shirt idea! I'm going to have to mess around with that one.

applegirl06
March 7th, 2009, 06:12 PM
Cute flip-flops, coozies (you can get really cute ones with rhinestones/feathers, monograms, etc.), magazines/tabloids, gum/mints.

snausman
March 7th, 2009, 06:25 PM
We did a girls weekend trip and I had on the shirts

Group Therapy

Under this I had martini glass

Each one had our name on it.

Also make pink lanyards out of beads for everyone.

Went to Hobby Lobby got large beach bags for a couple of dollars thru there 1/2 sale and had group therapy put on them also.

Laura

C2CMH
March 7th, 2009, 06:44 PM
Depending on where you are all from, one of my friends has a group from the midwest, and they always called their group "Winter Escape" followed by year of trip....also a slogan to the effect of "Its 5:00 somewhere"

"Girls Escape" "Cruise Escape" etc..... just some thoughts.

honeywell
March 7th, 2009, 07:22 PM
JUGs

(just us girls)

DivineDivia
March 7th, 2009, 07:49 PM
Lipgloss or chapstick with spf

BirthdayGirl30
March 7th, 2009, 07:49 PM
I'm loving all these ideas!

We're going to have a blast!

MilliesMom
March 7th, 2009, 07:52 PM
Sun tan lotion

small flashlight (many don't think to bring one, I also pack one so I don't have to turn on the light in the middle of the night)

little jars of noxzema (if any one gets sunburned, this is great to cool it down)

water bottle (the refillable kind)

deck of cards

paperback book (can get great deals at the used book stores or yard sales)

disposable camera

Hope you have a fantastic time.

g_rock
March 7th, 2009, 08:03 PM
Matching flip flops with some bling on them!

A coworker of mine ordered for her girl group a set of swim suit cover up long t-shirts that were different bikinis printed on them. It was a HOOT!

BirthdayGirl30
March 7th, 2009, 08:05 PM
Matching flip flops with some bling on them!

A coworker of mine ordered for her girl group a set of swim suit cover up long t-shirts that were different bikinis printed on them. It was a HOOT!

HOLY COW! I've seen those, and they ARE hilarious. I'm going to have to Google! The only thing is that 1/2 the girls in this group probably look that good in a bikini! I'm not among them, so I need the cover-up!!

cruisePRN
March 7th, 2009, 08:23 PM
If you have a 99 cent store browse the aisles, you'll find lots of things.

klbrabec
March 7th, 2009, 08:29 PM
The Target Dollar spot usually has some fun stuff, and so does Michael's Under 5 aisle. I've done things like this for my work team, and always did it around a holiday theme (easter, halloween, etc). It went over well, and was great to put together!

BirthdayGirl30
March 7th, 2009, 08:31 PM
Hadn't thought about the Target spot. I'll have to keep my eye on that.

Love the matching flip-flops idea too.....

Maybe I'll even make us some door signs.

Hope no one aboard gets too annoyed with us.

Arizona Laura
March 7th, 2009, 08:41 PM
Bath and Body Works type purse size lotions/antibacterial waterless soaps for when in port. I even saw now they have wipes in fragrances.
Little kleenex packages
I found a little card holder where I could put my license, health insurance card, charge card etc because I did not want to bring my wallet in port.
Try to get perfume samples from dept stores..some still give them out. I love them when traveling.
Nice note in the bag personalizing it.
Little pill cases.
Sounds like fun...Have a great time.
Laura

emdia43
March 7th, 2009, 08:50 PM
Have a look at the Margaritaville stores online, they have lots of fun items.
:D

KMagz
March 7th, 2009, 09:52 PM
Pack pictures of your husbands and/or significant others, you know, just to keep you girls honest..... ;)

cruisingbooboo
March 7th, 2009, 09:56 PM
How about a few " Nips" or tiny booze bottles to have a fun drink in the room, yeah it is smuggling... but...

SwingChickie
March 8th, 2009, 08:25 AM
what about those cute fold-y paper fans to keep cool by the pool... but on one side write "time for a drink!" so you can hold it up when the waiter comes by. :)

i think it should all be pool-area stuff: sunscreen, tabloids, sunglasses (depending on how much you want to spend... target has cute ones for $15), snacks... no inflatable rafts like you'd mentioned, but inflatable beach balls would be cute.

sandytoes03
March 8th, 2009, 10:14 AM
Mints, hard candy, chap stick (with SPF in it), hair bands.

BirthdayGirl30
March 8th, 2009, 10:32 AM
Ha! These bags are going to be more expensive that the cheap cruise we're taking!

I've been playing around with the slogan and I think this might be the winner:

Moms' Cruise '09
**some type of graphic**
Because sometimes moms need time-outs too!

I'm definitely doing matching flip-flops and cute glasses.

Plus, the chapstick, tylenol, hairbands, post-it notes, highlighters, pens, candies, sunblock, beach balls, rafts, and paperback books.

I'm also going to make door magnets for everyone, because that's basically free.

I'm looking for a cheap version of those bikini cover-ups, but I can't seem to find that online. I'll have to head out to the beach shops in the next several months and get them.

Thanks so much for all the great suggestions.

BirthdayGirl30
March 8th, 2009, 10:34 AM
what about those cute fold-y paper fans to keep cool by the pool... but on one side write "time for a drink!" so you can hold it up when the waiter comes by. :)

i think it should all be pool-area stuff: sunscreen, tabloids, sunglasses (depending on how much you want to spend... target has cute ones for $15), snacks... no inflatable rafts like you'd mentioned, but inflatable beach balls would be cute.


Is there a rule against inflatable rafts at the beaches? Or were you thinking that it wouldn't work for a pool-themed bag? We're probably going to be causing enough trouble that we don't need to be breaking actual rules.

BirthdayGirl30
March 8th, 2009, 10:35 AM
Pack pictures of your husbands and/or significant others, you know, just to keep you girls honest..... ;)

We're definitely not looking for that kind of trouble. I think we'll all keep each other honest. Plus, one of the things we keep saying about the cruise is:

What happens on the cruise.....will likely end up on Facebook!

BirthdayGirl30
March 8th, 2009, 10:36 AM
How about a few " Nips" or tiny booze bottles to have a fun drink in the room, yeah it is smuggling... but...

I'm not sure we're smuggling booze on. We're looking for lots of fruity, frozen things. But, don't think it hasn't been suggested by more than one in our group that it would be a good idea to have a bottle of vodka in the room.

SwingChickie
March 8th, 2009, 10:38 AM
Is there a rule against inflatable rafts at the beaches? Or were you thinking that it wouldn't work for a pool-themed bag? We're probably going to be causing enough trouble that we don't need to be breaking actual rules.

well, i was thinking 2 things: 1. at the pool, an inflatable raft would take up half the water area (the pools aren't super-huge)... and 2. they'd be a pain in the butt to inflate/deflate and carry around, either at the pool or on the beach.

BirthdayGirl30
March 8th, 2009, 10:40 AM
well, i was thinking 2 things: 1. at the pool, an inflatable raft would take up half the water area (the pools aren't super-huge)... and 2. they'd be a pain in the butt to inflate/deflate and carry around, either at the pool or on the beach.

I was thinking that I would get them at the $ store, and we'd just use them at Coco Cay, and then try to deflate them if we could. Otherwise, it would just be a $1 loss pp.

Lumiere
March 10th, 2009, 05:40 PM
I bought a dozen globe beach balls from Oriental Trading and put a red sharpie in each bag so we could "chart our course"...and use the beach ball to play with too.

Have fun!:)

cranejwr
March 10th, 2009, 05:52 PM
I'm not sure what ports you are going to, but I am making a bag for my friend who is going on the cruise with me. I went to the camping depart and got camp size toliet tissue... there is 3 in a pk and you just never know! I also bought the chain that hooks on glasses. I would hate to be in the water and my glasses falling off. I can't see with out them and they are my sunglasses as well. Lens wipes, great for glasses,cameras etc. you can get a box @ wal-mart for under $3 and just split them up. I bought travelon passport/document holder for each of us.$12 each, but I was just buying for 2 so that may be out of the price range. Hope this helps.
Jeanne

bluegirlum
March 10th, 2009, 06:00 PM
I was thinking that I would get them at the $ store, and we'd just use them at Coco Cay, and then try to deflate them if we could. Otherwise, it would just be a $1 loss pp.

I love all your ideas--you guys will have so much fun! I took a cheap blowup mattress to Labadee, and left it there when we were done--the bf and I both used it, and it was so worth it. I would definitely do it! How else are you going to drink your Coco Loco in the water? :)

Nano
March 10th, 2009, 06:25 PM
I just got home on Sunday night from my girls' weekend cruise on the Voyager of the Seas. We had SO MUCH FUN! We didn't do goodie bags, but we did have "birthday girl" crowns since one of us was celebrating her 50th birthday that week. One of the most fun things we did on board was go to the Schooner Bar every night to sing along with Phil Anderson. He's awesome, and I think he told us he was moving to the Monarch in mid-June when the Voyager moves over to the Med. When are you cruising? If it's mid-June or later, be sure to take your group to see Phil and tell him "Patsy" says hi!

BecciBoo
March 10th, 2009, 11:29 PM
These are rather pricey but everyone in our group loved them...

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amickeyfriend
March 11th, 2009, 11:23 AM
Soap Bubbles. Stuff to decorate your doors. We also have had fun with boas and sometimes we wear tieras - as we consider ourselves to be princesses!

jacksback
March 11th, 2009, 11:55 AM
A little picture frame or a photo holder with a tropical theme - I bought some at Kohls and plan to give them out to our group. I think they were around $3 a piece. A little sewing kit or first aid kit from the dollar store.
Have fun....