9 Green Birthday Party Tips

Candles spell out the traditional English birt...

Candles spell out the traditional English birthday greeting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here at Make A Birthday Wish we are always looking for unique and fun birthday party tips, and we get even more excited when they can save us some green while lessening our impact on the planet. Some basic birthday tips and tricks we have compiled from different articles include:

  1. Involve Your Kids In The Planning – Let the party planning be an opportunity to teach your kids about environmental issues and giving back. Involving them will build their excitement, enthusiasm, and pride in making more sustainable choices.
  2. Invitations – The best option is to send evites. Later this week we will share some great free sites to do this with and give you some pointers on fun phrasing and wording! If you still want the physical invitations opt for those printed on recycled paper with eco-friendly inks.
  3. Party Decor – Use decorations that are reusable, sourced from recycled or repurposed materials, or consider combining the decorations with the goodie bags/party favor (think potted plants in colorful pots the kids can paint and personalize)!
  4. Rethink Gifts – Ask for presents to be wrapped in an eco-friendly way (see our tips here), or forego traditional gifts altogether. Ask for gifts like books, seeds, crafting supplies, or for contributions to a college savings plan. You could even suggest or ask guests to make a donation to a charitable cause in place of a gift. Let your child help pick a charity or project that means something to them.
  5. Food & Drink – Don’t serve chips, candy and soda. Not only does this result in screaming hyper kids, it is bad for their health and the planet. Instead opt for healthier options like local organic fruits, veggies, and homemade treats. Be sure to check back to our blog for recipes and ideas.
  6. The Cake – The centerpiece of the party… Save money and make your own cake at home using healthy and organic ingredients! Recipes to come!
  7. Dishware – Opt for reusable plates, cups, and utensils to serve up the food and cake. Either use what you already have at home or add some color to special occasions with recycled and reusable dishware (like those by Re-play here, or those by Preserve here).
  8. Games – When planning games and activities consider using recycled materials, involving the kids in gardening, or exploring the outdoors.  Another great idea is an at home fashion/dress-up party with old clothes, hats, and shoes. The kids can dress up, walk down a runway, and take home pictures as keepsakes. Some of the websites we compiled below offer even more ideas!
  9. Goodie Bags – Handout reusable cloth bags filled with healthy treats like homemade granola, fruit bars, a sketchbook, or seeds. Give gifts that are living, or last longer than most cheap plastic trinkets stuffed in goodie bags.

There are a lot of great ideas and resources for planning a greener birthday party. Check out some of these below:

Do you have any eco-friendly birthday planning tips to share?

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