We made the mistake of letting them hold them on the way home, even though they did not get to eat anything in the goodie bags.
Dinnertime was horrible. Caroline refused to eat and kept clutching her goodie bag. The girls really understand the concept of candy now!
Finally, I had to lay down the law and take the goodie bags away until the girls finished their dinner. If you had been in our house while I pried the goody bag out of Caroline's hand, you would have thought I was beating her with a stick! Even then she didn't eat until I threatened her with bath and bedtime.
Lesson learned: No one gets to hold the goodie bag until after dinner.
On an upside, we had a wonderful time at the parties.