Holding a birthday party can often come at quite an expense, to both your wallet and also the environment. If you usually purchase disposable cups and plates for the event, this article can help you to think outside the box for interesting party ideas.
Children’s Birthday parties are always so much more fun in the outdoors. Keeping them contained, without giving them the feeling of being boxed in can be achieved with one of our party marquees.
Parties for children can often come with extra costs as the competition for the best goody bag is often an endless event with the little ones. Instead of buying lots of cheap plastic items, you could give the guests a more environmental friendly gift of a certificate for adoption for an endangered species, or even part of a rainforest. If you have a capped amount for your goody bag expenditure, why not get the gift on behalf of the entire group?
Sorting out games is easy enough as you can put an “eco-twist” on the classic party games. If playing musical bumps, you could put down a brown or green rug to pretend you are all in a forest or field. What about pinning the trunk on the endangered Indian Elephant instead of pin the tail on the donkey to raise awareness of these issues?
If your child is feeling particular generous toward the environment, why not ask the guests to either donate money to an environmental charity or to bring cans of food or clothes to be donated to a local charity?
One of the most significantly detrimental parts of many children’ parties are the waste that is created by the plates, cups and leftover food. If you get a definite head count of guests to be in attendance, you will be able to buy only the food you will need. If possible, make sure to serve food and drink on plates and cups that can be reused. If it is essential to use the disposable type, try to make sure you use the ones that are made of recycled paper and plastic.
Using the same principals as a children’s Birthday party, an adult eco party is just as simple to accomplish. More focused on food and drink, having a party that is conscious of the environment can be just as exciting and successful as one that is not. Buying food products locally saves from unnecessary packaging and the transport needed for foreign exports, much of which cannot be recycled. With drinks, try serving organic and local beverages – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
Whether celebrating a child’s Birthday or an adult’s Birthday, an eco-party can give you more ways to feel good than just the day itself. Helping the planet can be done in many other ways too, such as finding other eco-projects to do around the house. Ideas include insulating your house, using eco-paint and other products that use little or no chemicals. Whatever projects you do, adopting a green attitude can help protect your eco-home in the future and the planets.