Greener Birthday Party (Take 1)

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Like I ‘ve explained before, going green for me is a trial and error process. I try something new, make mistakes and learn every day. This weekend my little princess B turned 3. This marked the first birthday party I would have to throw since making the switch to a greener life. Greener Birthday party, take 1:

I like to keep my kids parties pretty small if  I can, this cuts down on costs, waste and clean up!

I invited everyone via Facebook or phone so no trees were harmed. 🙂

Decorations:

I have a huge supply of balloons at my house, as you know I do have a tainted past as a shopaholic, so I  have a lot of  “random stuff ” as my husband calls it, around my house . Also I don’t care what anybody says, helium balloons are fun. Although I was quite discouraged about the non-eco friendly-ness of balloons, I came across a blog post that told me I can compost latex balloons! Fantastic! Mylar balloons however  are NOT compost able. Since I had pre-purchased these balloons months ago, it seemed crazy not to use them. I had my balloons  blown up at a dollarstore where the ribbon used was not eco-friendly.I suppose all I can do at this point is re-use what is already in my possession and try to prolong the life-cycle of the ribbon. For future reference, these eco friendly ribbons would have been a pretty cool choice! Throw in a few streamers that I already had, I suppose it’s eco-friendly if I’m not buying anything new…. Also for future reference (slap to head,WHY wasn’t I thinking!!) I should have invested a reusable banner, like this one that I found on Etsy . I like to try to keep most of the decorations in one area of the house for easier clean up at the end of the

Fairy tea paty corner

day… Other than that I pretty much just decorated with a few pillows and created a little tea party area. One eco friendly creation I made were fairy wings. I could have gone out and bought new wings for like $3 each, but I decided to recycle craft some instead. I followed the directions on this website and they turned out ok! (Keep in mind that my idea of a successful craft is one that doesn’t immediately fall apart or burst into flames…)

Food:

I could have done better here: Pizza, chips,  pop, cheesies. All a little questionable… Should have gone for organic chips or even Sun Chips with their compost-able bags. I did ok here: I did choose to make her birthday cake this year with an organic cake mix. The feedback on it was pretty good, although next time I’ll attempt to do an organic/ fair trade cake from scratch. .. Also I didn’t purchase any disposable plates or cups (I have a large supply of napkins, and since the cake was cupcakes no plates were really required). If you were interested in biodegradable party wear Go Green in Stages has all kinds of options.

Treat Bags:

For treat bags I bought a cheap purse and wallet as well as some fair trade chocolate, organic fruit snacks, bear paw cookies and a Tinkerbell comic book. I figured that these things have pretty good play value for little girls (gotta have our purses!) so at least it wasn’t a cheap toy that would just be disregarded or broken. I have given out toys like this in the past….I could have stepped it up by purchasing perhaps a bag made from organic cotton instead. I was thinking about giving out little potted flowers, but at the age of 3 this is maybe an idea for a later birthday. For a spring birthday seeds to plant might be a cool idea…

Gift:

This is one area that I think I did great at. I purchased an eco-friendly tea set, made from recycled plastic, dishwasher safe, and the only packaging left over was a recyclable box, no plastic. Instead of wrapping the gift I used a Dora gift box that I received years ago and keep reusing almost every birthday. A friend of mine hosted a birthday party last year where instead of gifts guests bought items to donate to the Humane Society. the birthday girl got to go deliver the items and see all the animals she was helping. I think that this is a fantastic idea!

This was not by any means a perfectly eco party, but it is a step in the right direction and that is my goal!

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Looks like a super-cute party! Happy Birthday to your little girl! Thanks for putting my birthday banner on there!
    Jenny@PaisleyHandmade

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  2. Great blog! I love reading about different ideas for green and sustainable living. 🙂

    Just wanted to make you aware of a contest I’m having on my blog. I’m giving away 3 cans of Clean+Green Cat and Dog Upholstery/Carpet cleaner. It’s effective, eco-friendly, and organic. I truly love this product, and think your readers might, too! If you’re interested in entering the contest here’s the URL: http://madpets.blogspot.com/2010/10/cleangreen-dog-cat-carpet-upholstery.html

    Look forward to reading more of your ideas for green life!!

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  3. Thanks! Although I do not currently have any pets I passed this along to some friends who do. 🙂
    I might need a guest blog from you in the future, as pets is one topic I’m not familiar with but it seems like you definitely are!

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  4. Rather useful topic

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  5. Good day!This was a really fabulous post!
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  6. Hi! I’m visiting from the Blog Hop. I just recently discovered that latex balloons are compostable, too and boy, was I relieved! I love balloons! It’s not a party without ’em.
    Please visit me at Life The Green Way.

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  7. Posted by Lindsay on October 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Super cute birthday ideas. A note on the Sun Chips, I heard on the radio a few weeks ago that they were going back to their old bags because people found the new compostable ones too noisy. Rediculous

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    • I heard that about Sun Chips… Just when you think we’re getting ahead with a product that is still convenient, yet so much healthier for the environment. Silly people.

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