As a child, a birthday party is a sort of rite of passage. Unfortunately, traditional birthdays can be sometimes be very wasteful and, even worse, detrimental to the environment. So instead of sticking to tradition, let’s be a good example and throw a lovely green-inspired kids birthday party.
Simple Changes Make a Difference
There are small things that we can change in our plans to make the party more green. For example, serve whatever food you plan on having using your normal home dishes, and everyday utensils instead of plastic, disposable ones. Instead of paper napkins, use cloth. Instead of plastic decorations, use natural and/or reusable ones, like plants and candles.
Send emails and Facebook invitations rather than sending paper invitations. By utilizing your reusable items, you decrease the waste exponentially and save money. Just think about how many more trees are standing because you didn’t buy paper plates, napkins, and other party supplies.
Pay it Forward
You can go a step further in your eco-friendly plans by helping the people on this planet of ours that are less fortunate. Instead of showering your child with gifts that he or she probably doesn’t need and probably won’t use, give them one or two and ask your guests to bring donations for needy children and later take your child to donate them, this will be a great learning experience.
Take the time to explain to them the importance of counting your blessings and being a help to others. Children have the habit of surprising you, so don’t think that they won’t understand the need that others have; sometimes they understand even better than our grown up minds do. They will definitely jump on board.
Eco Friendly Food
To make the load of throwing a party easier on you, you can have guests that you are more familiar with bring some of the food. If you don’t want to ask others to help with the food, that’s okay, too.
A way to “go green” with party food is to buy locally grown, organic food and put them in reusable containers. The reusable containers save both time and money. Keep the lids close by, and as soon as the party is over, just close them up and take them home! Or, you can send extras home with parents who helped you throw the party.
Go-Green Goodie Bags
At the end of most parties, the host usually bids the guests farewell with goodie bags. The goodie bags, however, are usually not good for you, your environment, or your teeth. Plastic-Candy-Waste: no thank you! Since the rest of the party hasn’t been traditional anyway, simply nix the goodie bags and go for a better, more eco-friendly party favor. One fun idea is to have the kids decorate totes as reusable grocery sacks to take home with them. I’m sure these will be put to good use, and they are a fun craft to occupy time during the party. Another good favor is a packet of seeds and instructions on how to plant them. This gives the kids a head start on learning to be green and replenishes some of the earth’s beauty.
Think of the Future
Having an eco-friendly birthday party is not that difficult when you apply a little bit of imagination. It also sets a great example. There’s no downside! Keep in mind that the whole point of going green is to preserve what we have left of the earth for the generations still to come. It is important to teach our children to live healthy, natural lives. So start where it counts – with yourself and with your children.