Taking care of ourselves & our planet

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Eco-Friendly Parties

I LOVE to plan my daughters' birthday parties!! I've searched high and low for ways to reduce waste and send a positive message to parents and kids about simple ways they can reduce their footprint on our beautiful Earth.

Here are some tips I have formulated over the last few years.

Before the party:
  • Send out paperless party invitations through www.evite.com (personalize with your child's own pictures);
  • Ask that party guests bring a cash donation, instead of bringing wrapped gifts. Explain in the Evite that half the money will go to a charity and the other half will go to one special gift for the birthday child. This has worked out perfectly ever since I started a few years ago. The one special gift we have always gotten my girls is an activity class, like gymnastics, tennis, acting, etc. It really does teach a wonderful lesson of serving others and not being consumed with a ton of unnecessary toys;
  • Support local, small business owners (embroiderer & sewer) by having themed CLOTH napkins embroidered with kids’ initials that can replace paper napkins & serve as party favors for kids to use in school lunch box;

During the party:

  • Use solid colored CLOTH tablecloths that can be washed & reused;
  • Use reusable dinnerware (plates, bowls, forks, spoons) that can be washed & reused - look in the dollar bins at grocery & craft supply stores;
  • Recycling the rinsed out SOLO cups or recycling the Capri Sun pouches is great but why not take it a step further and use reusable plastic cups (like what you get at restaurants for kids);

After the party:

  • Instead of a plastic bag of party favors that end up in the landfill, send home a gift card for a free ice cream cone from a local eatery (along with the cloth napkins)
  • Send out paperless thank you cards through www.smilebox.com detailing how much money was raised and how much fun your child enjoyed sharing their birthday with their friends & family. I love to include a picture of all the party guests as well.

Here are a few very helpful websites as well:



Do you have any other ideas? I would love to add them to my list!!

1 comment:

  1. Hey there Susan...I love your blog and I love the content you write about. I especially love this post about "green" parties. I LOVE to throw parties, especially kids parties, so I love the post and the links you listed. Taking care of the environment is one of the most important issues I think we deal with today, so I find all of this very interesting. We do a few things at our house that I think are good, but we don't do near enough! Thanks for writing about it!