DIY Everything You Need To Eat Your Birthday Cake!

Hey there Make A Birthday Wish Readers! Thanks for checking back in. Today we’ve got 3 colorful and quick DIY ideas for 3 things that present your birthday cake in the perfect light: a cake stand, cake toppers, and utensils!

DIY Cake Stand – This tutorial from No. 2 Pencil uses 3 simple supplies: colorful cups and plates from Target, and craft adhesive. Check out her awesome tutorial which has step by step pictures to guide you along the way! How simple and adorable are these? The best part is you can find cups and plates in any color or pattern to match your party theme.

DIY Cake Stands – Image & Tutorial from No. 2 Pencils

DIY Geometric Cake Toppers – Such a simple and fun idea from the gorgeous blog Julep. In four simple steps you can add some pizazz to the top of your cake! And the concept is super simple, so just swap out for any geometric shape of your choosing!

DIY Geometric Cake Toppers – Image & Tutorial from Julep

DIY Party Utensils – these beautiful little wooden utensils come from the craft book Find and Keep. Check out this post from The Design Files, reviewing the craft book Find and Keep, and shares other great crafts you can learn to make!

DIY Party Utensils – Image from The Design Files, reviewing Find and Keep.

Which craft is your favorite way to jazz up a birthday cake?

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More Than Just A Card…

Fair Trade Birthday Card by Cards from Africa – $4.99

Looking for thoughtful birthday card ideas? In the past we’ve shared some great tutorials for handcrafting your own unique cards. But if DIY isn’t your style, why not support a worthy cause and give a fair trade card next time? There are so many great options for beautiful and thoughtful cards handmade by people paid a fair wage. Two of our favorite places to buy fair trade cards include Hope for Women and Cards from Africa. You can order cards online, or pick one up at  local fair trade store (many carry these lines).

Hope for Women is an organization committed to providing sustainable employment for economically disadvantaged women worldwide that offers products exclusively made by women so they can take control of their lives and their futures. Cards from Africa’s mission is to improve the life of orphaned children in Rwanda. Aside from offering fair wages, Cards from Africa also provides entrepreneurial training and education to employees to enable them to someday start businesses of their own! So the next time your shopping for a birthday card, don’t waste your $5 on a Hallmark card, support a worthy cause instead by buying fair trade and handmade!

Have you ever given a fair trade gift before?

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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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Skip the Chips & Soda Part I: Serve These Healthy Chip Alternatives Instead!

Chips and soda… the staple at any party, gathering, lunch, or event. They seem to be easy crowd pleasers and relatively affordable. But the average 12 oz soda contains 140 calories and 39g of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends 37g of sugar per day for men and 25g of sugar daily for women. We all want to live healthier and happier. It doesn’t mean we can indulge in a sweet treat or drink every now and then.

This week we have some swaps you can make that won’t have you or your guests missing the chips and soda!  So don’t worry, you won’t be the weird guest or bad host if you show up with one of these alternatives in place of the standard chips and soda. Instead your healthier options may end up being the life of the party! We will start out by sharing some swaps for potato chips, and Thursday we will have a collection of alternatives to soda!

Swap Out Chips With These Alternatives:

Apple Chips – These are a lighter and healthier alternative to the standard potato chip delivering a nice crunch and slightly sweet taste.

Seneca Apple Chips

Kale Chips – These aren’t as pretty as some chips, but they are very healthy and tasty!

Baked Kale Chips from All Recipes

Soy Crisps – These are super crunchy, high in protein, and taste great alone or with any dip you would normally serve with chips.

Whole Foods Sea Salt Soy Crisps

Fresh Veggies – These are crunchy and pretty, and serving them with a healthy dip can deliver the salt and tang you crave in a chip! You can save time and pick up a pre-made platter from just about any grocery store these days!

Fresh Veggie Platter

Whole Grain Pretzels – We are in love with the Newman’s Own line of pretzels! They are made with organic ingredients, low in calories, have an excellent crunch and taste, and are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors. We are partial to the honey wheat!

Newman’s Own Pretzels

Lentil Chips – these chips are light, fluffy, high in protein, and very tasty!

Mediterranean Snacks Baked Lentil Chips

Lentil Crackers – These crackers are crispier and crunchier than the chip version and super tasty!

Mediterranean Snacks Lentil Crackers

What would you serve in place of the standard potato chip?

 

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