2 Places to Shop Sustainable Party Supplies – Great for Weddings Too!

Upcycled Birthday Banner – $64.95 from Green Planet Parties!

Hello there! At Make A Birthday Wish we try to do our part by sharing  DIY, healthy, and sustainable ideas for

everything from planning daily lunches to your families birthday parties and celebrations. Today we’ve got two great places to shop for sustainable, fair trade, and eco-friendly party supplies that are perfect for your next birthday, anniversary, or even wedding! Each site features handmade goods and supplies made from eco-friendly materials. And in case you are wondering, does going green mean you have to sacrifice style? Not at all. Check out some of our favorite goods from each site!

Green Planet Parties – The goods on this site are more suited to birthdays, but ther eare still lots of ideas for other celebrations as well. We especially love this recycled burlap birthday banner loaded with crafty rustic charm!

 

 

The other place to shop sustainable party supplies both online and in some Whole Foods Stores is:

Susty Party – They have so many options for cups, plates, straws, napkins, and party kits available in some well-designed prints and colors. Their cups are now being carried in select Whole Foods Stores! Check out these whimsical compostable paper straws?

Susty Party Paper Straws – $6.99 per Pack of 50.

And how about these cups you can find in Whole Foods? Love the prints, and these are completely non-toxic, compostable, and manufactured with 75% blind labor in partnership with Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Clovernook is a non-profit that aims to empower people who are visually impaired. How awesome is that?

10 oz Compostable Cups by Susty Party- $4.99 per pack of 12.

Do you try to make smart choices that are good for people and planet when planning your events?

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DIY Party Favors: Make Your Own Seed Bombs!

We came across a fantastic tutorial for making adorable seed bombs on a neat blog called Mademoiselle Chaos. We think these heart shaped seed bombs would make great party favors or gifts for guests at your next party!

What You Need:

  • Seeds – any kind of flower you like, preferably native!
  • Old newspaper
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Immersion blender
  • Sieve
  • Scrap cloth
  • IKEA’s heart-shaped ice-cube trays or any other soft silicon mold

Directions:

  1. Shred the newspaper into tiny pieces or strips.
  2. Add warm water to the newspaper in a bowl.
  3. Using the immersion blender, blend your concoction.
  4. Add the seeds to your mixture.
  5. Line the sieve with the scrap cloth.
  6. Pour your mixture into the cloth-lined sieve and squeeze out as much water as you can.
  7. Take part of the semi-dry mixture and press it into the shaped ice-cube tray or silicon mold.
  8. After you have filled all the molds and the seed bombs have begun to dry, remove them from the mold.
  9. Place the seed bombs in a warm dry place to completely dry out. But don’t heat them up, or you will kill the seeds!
  10. Once dry, carry your seed bombs in your pocket and plant flowers wherever you go :).

We love these flower, fall pumpkins and leaves, butterfly, and dinosaur molds available on Amazon! The original tutorial with pictures and tips can be found here. What do you think of these adorable seed bombs? Will you make some for your next party?

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eVites

Handmade Wedding Invitation

Handmade Wedding Invitation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Earlier this week we shared some tips for making your birthday party a little greener. One easy tip that saves time, money, and trees is using online invitations, or eVites! Paper invitations are nice, but these days, making the switch to web-based invites just makes more sense. It allows your guests to sync the event to their phones and calendars immediately – so they don’t forget! It also allows you to avoid the hassle of calling around for RSVP’s (which you know usually ends up happening). Instead people can respond right from their computer with the click of a button.

Going paperless doesn’t mean you have to lose your personal flair. There are lots of options to customize your eVites with themes, images, colors, music, etc. Did I mention that most online invitation sites are free to use – ka-ching! Some sites that we recommend looking into to send your next eVite include:

  • Evites – This site is great! It’s easy to use, free, and you can sign-up via Facebook! Features include a variety of pre-made designs, the option to build or upload your own design/image, RSVP tracking, importing contacts, and so many more!
  • Pingg – They have some awesome free designs to choose from, and some that you can upgrade and pay for. We love this design and this one too!

Need some tips on wording your eVites? This blog post has great advice on how to get the right message across for your event!

What are your favorite online invitation resources? Have you sent an eVite or eCard before? What did you think?

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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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