Let us step back from our desire to go off to the Dollar Store and buy cheap plastic trinkets for the birthday bash.
Let us stop having junk food the moment someone utters the word birthday.
Let us spend our money wisely on well thought out grab bag items that our child and their friends will actually use, and won’t end up in a landfill.
Let us have a wonderful time while maintaining our responsibility to our children and planet.
Below are examples of how you can Green up your party. Throwing responsibility in with the cake and fun. It is worth considering the lasting effects of our choices at events like these…
SERVE HEALTHY FOODS
There is no reason that you can not try and make the Birthday spread as healthy as possible.
Skip the Dogs
Why not choose Turkey Dogs, or even Veggie Dogs instead, on Whole Grain Buns of course.
Healthy Finger Foods
Hummus and Veggies or Whole Wheat Pita Chips will entice little ones to munch away.
Set out Plenty of Fruit
Instead of a cake why not have a Birthday Watermelon. Carve out the top ¼ of the watermelon and make melon balls with the inside. After scraping it out carve a face just like you would a pumpkin.
Fill it with other melon balls, strawberries, blueberries and pineapple pieces.
There are many other exciting creatures that you can create with watermelon. Let your imagination soar.
Healthy Popsicle Treats
Don’t put out candy, make some popsicles.
Puree a favorite fruit, fill a popsicle tray with the puree and add some other fruit. Freeze and enjoy!
Want a safe popsicle mold…GREEN PLANET PARTIES has an awesome stainless steel mold that will last forever and doesn’t break the bank. It is definitely an investment that won’t walk out the door when the party animals leave.
A Plate Of Sweets
Make some RAW CASHEW CHOCOLATE FUDGE recipe from Natural Papa or some CHOCOLATE BROWNIES WITH CARROT & SPINACH. Convert your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe a little by using whole wheat flour, dark chocolate, and throw in a tablespoon or two of flax seeds. They still taste yummy!
MAKE IT A GRAB BAG THAT LASTS
Choose Fair Trade Items
Kids LOVE skipping ropes so why not inspire an active lifestyle and support a fair trade product at the same time. GREEN PLANET PARTIES has some awesome skipping ropes. A gift that will be appreciated and used, not thrown away or put in a drawer.
Or try their Trashy Zip Purse for your little girls party, the Trashy Zip Purse is made in Ghana from water sachets. They are awesome additions to any little girl’s wardrobe.
Frame Your Memories
Having a princess party? Using your digital camera take a picture of all of the little princesses and print them out before the party has ended. As the girls leave hand them each the photo that was taken in a special frame.
FAUX MUSEUM Mat Board Pop-Up Art Frames
These trompe l’oeil (French for “trick the eye”) frames are stylish, safe and a highly inexpensive new way to make art and photos come alive – especially for the little princesses.
They are shipped flat, and the frames simply pop out to create an expensive three-dimensional form. You can frame everything from posters to kid’s drawings to princess photos.
The frames were created by a mom looking for a safer and more affordable poster-framing option for her child’s princess room. Looks like she got it right! Faux Museum frames are extremely lightweight (made of cardboard) but look like antique real wood and extend out several inches deep to create that ‘arty and antique’ look.
Although not Made of recycled materials because it warps too easily for a frame, the frame is completely recyclable and can be reused over and over again. It can even be recovered with a new design if desired.
Faux Museum has an array of sizes and finishes to choose from.