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Green Party Tips

Here are some ideas to lesson your environmental footprint when hosting a party or event with friends.  Have fun hosting a fun, green, successful, eco party of your own!

Birthday Party Supplies
Children do not need commercialized disposable decorations and tableware.  You know, the matching plates, napkins, tablecloth, wall decoration etc. in the most recent licensed theme.  Green Planet Parties speaks from years of experience with hosting these exact parties for our children. Every year the children chose the 'theme'.  The cost for the printed, commercial plastic, was overwhelming, and the waste was awful.  Children do not miss this part of the party. They are just as happy with a pretty or cool fabric... camo or stripes for boys...apples or flowers for girls. Especially if these decorations can later be moved into their rooms.  Remove the mass produced commercialism from your child's party, it just isn't needed anymore.   

Goodie Bags
Children do appreciate sustainable, usable, fun goodie bag items. The co-founders of Green Planet Parties understand the balance between pleasing adults and children.  Rather than a bag full of dollar store plastic items that will break or get lost, children delight in one great item that was chosen based on quality.  They will remember the party for years to come every time that item is used or played with.  
Along with any of our carefully chosen goodie bag items, which can be put in a goodie bag or presented creatively rolled up and tagged with string and their name, a treat is always appreciated by a child.   A lollipop or special chocolate given with the goodie bag / item is tangible immediately after receiving a give-away.  For busy parents we've also recently added a line of 'pre-made' loot bags to choose from that are complete with an organic treat.

ECHOage Your Child's Birthday Party
Fun! Empowering! You must check out ECHOage - an eco-friendly, charity driven birthday party service where children learn the value of giving and receiving while celebrating their birthday.  Instead of bringing wrapped gifts, your guests are invited to contribute, online, with half going to a birthday gift for the birthday child, and the other half going to the charity the birthday child has chosen.
"Giving Gifts" for the Birthday Child
Children do understand that our environment needs their help.  It is important to explain to children that we need to help mend our planet. It doesn't have to be scary, and chances are they already know about environmental issues from many sources like your family, or Earth Day at school. Children love to learn and feel proud to know they've helped reduce, reuse and recycle at their birthday party or celebrating at their friend's special event.
A trend that is spreading throughout communities is having the birthday child choose a social cause and ask guests to bring a donation in lieu of gifts.  The idea being that instead of a wrapped gift the guest brings a monetary donation, knowing that half the collected amount will be donated to a cause or organization chosen by the birthday child, while the other half is for the birthday child to choose a meaningful gift for themselves. 
This completes the circle of hosting a green party as you virtually eliminate the excess of waste and plastic generated from gifts and wrapping paper.  The founders of Green Planet Parties have both hosted "giving birthday parties" and the feedback from everyone from the birthday child and their young guests to parents attending the parties has been very supportive and positive.  Everyone loves the idea of helping a cause close to the birthday child's heart and the learning that goes on for the children and parents about the cause is so amazing.  Because of these "giving parties" our children has asked questions and learned about why the Polar Bears are in trouble, what can be done to save the remaining Tigers in the world, and how a local community organization helps people right in our own neighbourhood. 
Sample Wording for a 'giving party' Invitation:
Dear friends,
This year we are starting a new tradition with gift giving at _____'s birthday party. Our family is trying to reduce our Eco footprint and are hosting a green party. Please bring a donation in lieu of gifts because ______ has decided to support the Polar Bears (for example) with 1/2 of the birthday money he/she receives. In light of global warming and with the polar bears most recently being declared 'endangered' we have decided to reduce the amount of plastic generated from this party from gifts and their packaging, and would like to support these animals.   _______ will be able to purchase a special gift from his/her portion of the donations. 
Thank you for your support.
 Other Tips for Hosting a green birthday party
  • Send electronic invitations rather than paper
  • Send seed invitations that can be planted at a future date
  • Purchase biodegradable / compostable tableware
  • Purchase sustainable and reusable party decorations
  • Eliminate plastic with goodie bag give-away, both the give-away item and use a cloth goodie bag
  • Bake your own cake
  • Engage guests with a nature or Eco based activity
Birthday Traditions ~ Two great ideas sent to us from customers
Michelle recently purchased a cloth Happy Birthday banner for all three of her children ranging in ages 3 - 10 years old.  She planned to hang the banner so it's the first thing her birthday child sees when he/she comes down the stairs the morning of the 'big day'.  She selected a more gender neutral fabric because her three children are boys and one girl and plans to continue this tradition every year, for each of their birthdays.  At their ages, this idea is special because we learned it's never too late to introduce new traditions to a family.
Renee wrote about a special tradition she started at her daughter's first party; she planned ahead and went to the local thrift store and started collecting china dessert plates.  They didn't all match, but all had pretty floral patters and she also picked up small stemware glasses. Renee collected more than enough in case the party size grew every year or any became broken. All the little girls feel so 'grown-up' at their tea party each year and it really teaches the message of sustainability and reusability.
If you have suggestions that you'd like to share on reducing your birthday party eco footprint, please let us know!