Eco-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Eco-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

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.

Eco-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

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?

Eco-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids
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!

Eco-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids
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.

Eco-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids
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!

Eco-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

5. Adventure Party: Take the kids outdoors for activities like a mud run, complete with obstacles and a hose for a refreshing finish line.

Eco-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Create a nature scavenger hunt, where the kids get on their hands and knees scouring the Earth for nature’s own treasures.

Eco-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Have the kids get in lines and a do relay races. For this Lorax theme party, Gwynn had a recycling relay race.

Eco-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

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.

Eco-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids
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!


13 Responses to Eco-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

  1. Sandy May 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Great ideas! The ideas can be used for other occasions too. For eco- friendly Valentines gifts, one Ohana Mama made and gave out recycled crayons and another Ohana Mama gave out plant seed packets. While I did not have enough broken crayon pieces to make my own not to mention my toddler uses every bit of crayon : ) I ordered custom lady bug crayons through etsy for baby shower favors.

    • Family Sponge May 25, 2012 at 8:51 am #

      So true- these can be used all year long! I have done the broken crayon idea and it is awesome! Easy to do and you feel pretty good for turning old broken crayons into beautiful gifts. I definitely recommend doing it.

  2. Popo Joy May 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    Love the seeds for party favors…dirty fun, with little hands in the dirt makes any day a special day. Next party, I’ll work hard on bringing on the eco-friendly ideas thanks to your inspiring ideas here. Thanks!

    • Family Sponge May 25, 2012 at 8:52 am #

      Of course! Glad you were inspired. The seeds are so sweet! These ideas just make me want to throw a party every week.

  3. Beth May 25, 2012 at 5:20 am #

    Thanks for linking up to our camp out birthday party. It was a super fun day!

    • Family Sponge May 25, 2012 at 8:49 am #

      Of course Beth! You are so creative and I love ideas that can be reused throughout the year (not just on that one special day). Have a great 3-day weekend!

  4. 'Becca May 25, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Great ideas! I love the recycling relay race.

  5. Becky May 28, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    We hosted an eco-friendly party for our daughter at our home last year. We made food from scratch and incorporated organic foods form our garden. We also set up a wishlist for green friendly toys so that family members could purchase gifts that were safe, healthy and low impact. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I love the mud run! I am stopping by from Your Green Resource.

    • Family Sponge May 31, 2012 at 11:48 am #

      What a fun party! Do you have pics from it? I would love to feature it on our site! I love that you had food from your garden! Great ideas Becky. 🙂

  6. Trina {Beginner Beans} May 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Love these ideas!! The adventure party will especially be fun when my little guy gets older! And I just bought flower and star molds that I plan to remold our broken crayons. (And make fun-shaped ice cubes, etc : )

    • Family Sponge May 31, 2012 at 11:50 am #

      Flower mold sounds awesome! I saw Mickey Mouse molds at Disneyland last week and almost bought them— totally thinking of melting crayons in them for presents. So many cute ways out there to make gifts, rather than buy them.

  7. Beth June 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Another creative idea is to rent a bounce house. They are super fun!! 🙂

  8. Joy Butler January 10, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

    I had no idea that there were so many sensible options to throw an eco-friendly kids’ birthday party! Having the party outside seems like a great idea if the weather is permitting. If the weather does not cooperate, it is good that there is the option to still be eco-friendly by making your birthday treats from scratch.

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