I hardly blinked and my kids’ birthdays were staring me in the face again! Besides the celebration of the two amazing days that they arrived, I knew it also meant lots of planning… for parties, presents, treats, favors and everything that goes with their big days.
I also knew that I didn’t want to get sucked into the vortex of waste… something that seems to go hand-in-hand with any celebration! So, was I able to keep it green? You bet I was, and here’s how:
- Gifts – only one gift each: a new bike. The outgrown versions will be donated to a charity so some deserving kids can ‘get their pedal on’ too!
- Party – hosted at home, I pulled out all the dishes, the cups and glasses, utensils, serveware… every last thing. Use of disposables: NONE!
- Wrap – all wrapping paper was recycled, gift bags were flattened and saved, along with ribbons and bows.
- Decorations – yes… I tried to talk my kids out of balloons, but they insisted… so I insisted on the biodegradable versions and they will be properly disposed of.
- Waste – there was none. At the end of the night, I asked my husband if he had taken out the trash… he said he hadn’t, but there wasn’t one piece of trash that was added to the can during the course of the entire party. Even the cake box… recycled!
- Party favors – just like last year, no plastic junk here! I instead opted for drawstring tote bags (picked up at the local craft store for $1.99 each!). They’ll get used by the kids again and again!
- Treat bags – everyone at my kids’ schools traditionally brings a treat bag for their friends on the day of their birthday. Instead, we gave their friends a recycled paper mini-notebook and pen.
Each year I seem to get a little better at this! For every choice you make, there IS a greener, more environmental option… don’t let yourself go down the usual road just because it’s what you’ve always done. That’s a route you don’t need to take.
Remember, “green parties” are NOT just for St. Patrick’s Day or politics!