The time has come for your child, the one you have watched grow all these months, to hit the all-important milestone of the first birthday. Of course, you’ve been planning and prepping and arranging everything just perfectly. While planning you might be trying to make your party as environmentally friendly as you possibly can. If you are trying to leave a less noticeable footprint in the world and throw your baby an incredible, budget friendly green inspired party then try following some of the tips below.
Skip paper invites.
We are now firmly immersed in the digital age. Paper invitations are not only becoming unfashionable, but they are becoming unnecessary. It can take a mere few minutes to design and send an e-invite. This is an easy and relatively less expensive option. Either email families directly or use a site like Evites. Parents will thank you in the long run when they can just push a button to reply to your invitation. If you have to have paper invites, then try to get them printed on recycled or seed paper. If you want to do something more affordable, print the invitations out at home and design them yourself with materials lying around the house.
Buy green party supplies.
One of the biggest sources of waste at a child’s birthday party comes from the disposable tableware and decorations. Instead of using plastic, disposable table clothes and banners try using fabric that can be reused again. Be creative with the decorations and try to use things that are already lying around the house. For the napkins and plates, try using bamboo or unbleached recycle paper products for dishes and napkins.
Don’t wrap the gifts.
Instead of having the gifts wrapped in the normal, highly disposable wrapping paper, don’t wrap the gifts at all. You can enforce this rule with all of your guests by notating on the invitations that you prefer the gifts come unwrapped.
Plan eco-friendly games.
If weather is permitting, set up some outdoor games using your natural surroundings. If older children are at the party, set up a scavenger hunt. Make up a list of things that they can find out in nature. If you are planning a winter birthday party, try some time honored games such as charades or musical chairs.
When it comes to food, stock up on some goodies from your local farmer’s market. Depending on the season, buy some fresh fruit and veggies to make your own customized healthy snacks. Instead of buying a cake, make your own. This will guarantee that you can completely control the menu.