We are often talking about hosting Eco-friendly catering events, wedding receptions or other parties, but we sometimes forget that kids too can have Eco-friendly birthday parties, and it is up to the parents to make it happen!
The organization and advice will be different but the objective is the same: have lots of fun while being Eco-responsible and respecting the earth.
In order to have enough time to organize a great Eco-friendly party for your children, the first thing to keep in mind is to start planning at least 2 to 3 months in advance. The more flexibility you have, the easier it will be to go green. The time of the year will also be important: during summer time, try to host the festivities outside to avoid the use of air conditioning, when in the winter it is more appropriate to stay inside.
Let’s get started with some Eco-friendly tips. When sending invitations, the best is of course to use social media, phones or emails but especially if you are planning 2 months in advance, you might want your kid’s guests to have a written trace of the invitation. In that case, go for handwritten invitations using recycled or recyclable paper!
Now you have to think about decorations. Kids love a colorful party but keep in mind that the worse thing to do for the earth is to have balloons! Yes they are pretty but they pollute the environment and are dangerous for the wildlife. You can find better options that are a lot greener. A fabric tenant banner for instance! Instead of buying disposable plastic ones, why not make your own by using fabric?
Remember that if you are planning the party ahead of time, it’s precisely so you can have time to do things like that in order to go green. Flowers are also great to decorate and what’s more Eco-friendly than flowers! And if you are still trying to add color to your kids party, you can simply get some very Eco-friendly paper straw. Not only kids love them but they are also very colorful and add a sparkling touch to the party.
The next thing you have to think about is gifts. If you want your birthday presents and favors to be green, you have to first make sure that they are made of sustainable or recyclable material. Then keep in mind that wrapping paper is useless and often non-recyclable so choose reusable wooden boxes that kids will be able to keep for instance. It looks better and is more Eco-friendly!
What about the food and drinks you are going to serve? Not only you should buy locally grown and organic products – it’s better for the kids and for the environment – but you should also be careful and avoid individual packs such as water bottles or individually wrapped candies. Water dispensers and big bags of organic candies are a much better option if you are trying to stay green.
When it comes to tableware, we all know that kids are clumsy and reusable tableware are often not an option. Go for biodegradable or compostable tableware in order to save yourself some trouble while still being sustainable. And if you really want to be careful about your trash, think about using a few platters instead of plenty of plates and serve food that don’t need the use of plates! Bamboo platters, wooden trays, sugarcane tray or even palm leaf trays, you can choose from multiple possibilities.
Last but not least, don’t forget to recycle by the end of the day!
You are now ready to plan an Eco-friendly birthday party for your kid, go ahead and have fun!
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