Birthdays parties are tons of fun, but also create tons of waste. And with parties every year, why not consciously change some things to help the environment and eliminate some of the waste? We have a few suggestions that can save some trees, some money and also look super cool.
Eco-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids
1. Party outside: Use nature as your setting and ditch the balloons and streamers. Instead, invest in a fabric banner that you can use multiple times like the one pictured above from ACME Party Box Company.
Build forts and do a campout for the kids in the backyard, complete with hot dogs and smores. “Low key and adventurous” is the theme, which also means little waste and lots of fun.
2. Eco-friendly Invitations: Evite is a great way to spread the word about a party, without wasting a sheet of paper. But for kid’s parties, it’s a little bit harder to do that. What about making invitations out of reclaimed goods, like a toilet paper roll and scraps of paper?
3. Use products that can be reused or easily recycled: I love this Cardboard Box Birthday that Brianne and Sean Walker did for their son’s first birthday. It’s complete with recycled cups and a cardboard box playground— and the Not a Box book is super cute!
These mason jars are adorable, reusable and multifunctional. Add eco-friendly paper straws to the mix and you have a very green drink that also looks very cool.
4. Make food from scratch: Avoid the box of cake mix and all the packaging that goes into store-bought food by making the refreshments from scratch. This carrot cupcake is a great dessert for kids and chock-full of nutrients- it’s made with whole-wheat flour, applesauce and wheat germ. Love it!
5. Adventure Party: Take the kids outdoors for activities like a mud run, complete with obstacles and a hose for a refreshing finish line.
Create a nature scavenger hunt, where the kids get on their hands and knees scouring the Earth for nature’s own treasures.
6. Eco-friendly gifts for party guests: Ditch the $1 bin toys and give heartfelt and eco-friendly gifts to all who came, like these DIY melted crayon race car molds made from old bits of crayons.
Or make these custom seed packets out of recycled paper and string. What better way to remember a party than to watch your gift grow in your own backyard.
Join the Discussion!
What eco-friendly party ideas do you implement in your home? Do you have some Pinterest birthday inspiration you could share with us? Share your Pinterest party ideas link in the comments below!