These days, parents are forced to actively research and stay abreast on the latest issues – whether it involves a product recall due to cheaply made toys or the leaching of the latest chemicals from non-sustainable materials. It’s a time where parenting involves the active exchange of new information and making well researched, eco-friendly decisions. There is a new area of parenting that is slowly gaining ‘green’ and sustainable momentum…hosting a green birthday party for children.
In the excitement of planning a child’s birthday party, parents often get carried away with sourcing the latest commercialized theme for parties. For example, matching Hannah Montana decorations, plates, napkins, cups, tablecloth, wrapping paper, etc.. The co-founders of Green Planet Parties realized at their own children’s birthday parties, the enormity of waste resulting from plastic packaging from presents, wrapping paper, petroleum lined commercialized tableware, and plastic party decorations; the amount of waste was noticeably endless. This company’s co-founders wanted to research an earth friendlier way to assist parent’s with hosting kid’s parties. Although children’s birthday parties are a rite of passage and deserve to be special, spending time to research eco-friendly alternatives doesn’t need to deter from any of the party guests or birthday child’s fun or cause the host extra expense.
Why should you green your next family event or kid’s party? This one action will kick start a powerful ball of information rolling among family and friends that might even surprise the host. Education is the largest result from an eco-friendly party and the understated changes will delight and encourage environmental change from guests.
What are the easiest things to change from traditional party/event planning? Here is an easy checklist:
~ Send Evites (free, online invitation) to guests. If you would like a more traditional party invitation, source seed invitations that can be planted at a later date. Children receiving this special invitation will love this eco-activity. Also available are seed thank you cards for after the party “thank yous”!
~ Your own household plates, cups, and cutlery are always the best choice for tableware, but when hosting a large event or holding the party at a venue away from home, eco-friendly disposable tableware becomes a requirement. Did you know that biodegradable tableware is easy to find and the cost is reasonable? Also, unlike the Hannah Montana or Sponge Bob themes, you are able to re-use any left over tableware at a later date. Eco-friendly plates, hot/cold cups, cutlery, napkins, and garbage bags are naturally beautiful in texture and color – children will not miss the commercialism of traditional tableware that does nothing more than add to landfill waste.
~ Source sustainable party give-aways for guests. Children and parents alike, enjoy practical, quality loot bag items. Rather than sourcing dollar store plastic that breaks within minutes of being opened after a party, spend the same amount of money and purchase reusable items: practical, nature inspired, or books. What a wonderful way for a guest to remember your party months or years down the road while they still enjoy their special goodie bag item.
~ Talk to your child about choosing a special charity or social cause and request guests bring a donation in lieu of presents. This idea of the ‘donation party’ is spreading throughout communities and is very empowering for the birthday child. Education is shared with the party guests regarding the cause, so everyone benefits from this generous act. Also, the birthday child is able to purchase a special, quality gift with their 1/2 of the donations and this helps reduce a large amount of traditional party waste from packaging. The trick to communicating this request to guests is properly explaining your thoughts in the invitation’s wording. For example working, check out the Eco Party Tip’s section of Green Planet Parties‘ site. The sample wording is helpful for drafting your Evite.
~ Go the extra mile and source: latex balloons (latex is naturally earth friendly), organic lollipops, beeswax birthday cake candles, wrapping paper with seeds or use recycled paper. Lesson your environmental footprint by ordering all your party supplies online and have them shipped directly to you. Engage guests with nature or eco based activities during the party.
The party planning experts at Green Planet Parties guarantee this new way to approach family events or birthday parties will impress your guests and the understated message of helping mother earth will be powerful and inspire others to change.