How to host an eco-friendly kid’s party!
Today I am bringing you my top tips for a very green kid’s party.
Keep in mind that even the little things we do can all make a difference.
* Plan ahead. Many environmentally friendly products sadly are not widely available, so you may need to hunt around or order online.
* Stop and consider what you will need and if the products are able to be composted, recycled or upcycled in anyway.
* Invitations can be made at home with recycled paper or cards or you can use some eco-friendly invitations.
* You need to be very careful with balloons! If you want to have them, buy latex balloons, which are biodegradable. Please dispose of them properly as they pose a choking risk to animals. The Eco Party Box has some more information here.
* Tell your guests that your party is eco-friendly and ask them to join in the fun. You could ask them to wrap the gift in recycled paper, make the gift a preloved book or toy or have a no-plastic gift policy. One year the NNABoy invited so many kids to the park and we really didn’t want over 20 toys (and the packaging!) to add to our home. Luckily he felt the same way and was more than happy to say ‘no gifts, donation if you prefer’ on the invites. He felt very proud donating over $250 to NAPCAN, one of our favourite charities.
* Set up boxes or bins, clearly labelled for recycling for easy clean up.
* The Eco Mum says she likes decorating with paper chains, using old wrapping paper, cards, brown paper or homemade artworks. Masking tape is best as its recyclable.
* Decorations can also be things like candles, flowers, leaves, gumnuts, pebbles, shells, seeds and pods! Popcorn garlands and hanging biccies are fun too.
* Instead of using disposable plastic tablecloths and banners, invest in a gorgeous fabric party set that can be reused over and over again at every celebration! Kelly from Dog Rose Healing says her mum has an embroidery sewing machine and makes ‘happy birthday’ table cloths that get used for parties. My gorgeous friend, Vicki Lorraine has party sets for sale – you can purchase a kit with bunting, table runner and napkins in a drawstring bag. Vicki will custom make in any colour and design and you can even choose organic cotton fabric! Check her out on Facebook for more details.
* If you want to use disposable party-ware, you can’t go past Aussie business, Eco Party Box. They have a huge range of bamboo, sugarcane and areca products. Check it out here. Jonathon and Tina are kindly offering all of you a 15% discount on everything in their store until June 30, 2013. Just use the code word “Naturemum”.
* We purchased some colourful kids cups, plates and cutlery from Ikea years ago and they work really well for parties. It’s not too hard to wash them up!
* Food covers are better options than using cling wrap (gosh we used to go through a lot of that stuff for parties!).
* Try and cater most of the party yourself. Buying individual portions of food uses lots of packaging and it’s usually more expensive.
* Face-paint can be really toxic. The NNAGirl breaks out in a terrible rash if she gets her face painted! Choose a natural face paint like Pure Poppets.
* 4 My Earth owner and greenie, Rebecca does rock painting as a fun craft activity that also doubles as the take home party favour!
* The Eco Mum likes to use small paper bags, small reusable baskets or hand-sewn small pouches to be kept and reused for party bags. She fills them with things like vintage toys or vouchers for movies/DVD rental.
* These seeded thank you tags are possibly my favourite idea though. How gorgeous! Add the child’s name and tie them to the party bag.
* Author and tree-hugger Rebecca Mugridge has some fabulous ideas on games and activities based around nature at her blog here.
For your next birthday party, spare a thought for the environment and see if you can make even one small change. Trust me, it makes you feel good to know you are doing you’re little bit!
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