Top Tips for Throwing an Eco-Friendly Kid’s Party
There's nothing quite like the excitement of a child waiting for their birthday party. But the planning and running of the day can not only be expensive and stressful but incredibly harmful for the environment. Here are small changes you can make to ensure Mother Earth enjoys the party too!
I can already feel your panic but a plastic-free party isn’t as hard as you may think and in the long run, it will save you money! Rather than hitting up the party aisle at your local supermarket picking out plastic birthday banners and table cloths, head over to your local Spotlight and stock up on some material instead. Create your own bunting and banners as these can be washed and reused. If you’re time poor or lacking in arts and crafts confidence there are beautiful handmade products for sale on Etsy.
While plastic cups and plates are convientant they add an enormous amount of rubbish to landfill each year. Depending on the age of your party guests you may not be so keen to use your own dinnerwear. Instead, stop in at your local Op Shop where you can purchase your own ‘Birthday Party’ dinner set.
When it comes to decorating create one focal area rather than the whole house or garden. A great and simple focal point is the table. Eco-friendly table decorating ideas include garden flowers in jars and bright and fun biodegradable confetti!
Bubbles not Balloons
Balloons are synonymous with birthdays. In an attempt to reduce plastic usage environmentally conscious families have been switching from plastic to latex balloons. Although latex balloons are considered biodegradable, they actually take anywhere from 6 months to 4 years to decompose and they cause a lot of havoc before they do. Bubbles are a fun alternative as they provide entertainment and whimsy. Cost-effective too, you can make your own toxic-free homemade bubbles and they can even double as party favours!
Cakes don't need to be over the top and fantastical. The fact is kids love cake, as long as there’s icing they will be happy! Reduce the stress of creating a masterpiece and protect the environment by baking a simple cake made from locally sourced ingredients. When it comes to the candles opt for Beewax. Most supermarket bought birthday candles are made using paraffin wax which release toxins as they burn and are not biodegradable.
Lolly bags today are usually full of sugar and plastic toys and I think most parents agree both are unnecessary. Consider replacing your lolly bags with an art and craft activity during the party. Kids will love making their own playdough or grass heads. Both are eco-friendly, provide enjoyment and are a meaningful keepsake for them to take home. If you are going to go down the traditional lolly bag route, replace the plastic with brown paper bags. For added fun have you child decorate them with their drawings or make an afternoon of it by creating potato stamps!
Written by: Rachel Watkins