5 Simple Steps to a Concious Party
We recently hosted my young children’s birthday parties. We did a joint princess and dragon party, and with that theme plastics, glitter, and the like would have been expected! However, I decided to put a natural spin on the party – it was easy to achieve a more conscious party and I don’t think anyone missed the standard party accoutrements. In fact, I don't even think most guests noticed a difference!
Here are 5 simple ways to have a more conscious party:
1. Use eco-friendly party ware
Even big box retailers have started carrying plant-based dyed plates, recycled paper napkins, and bamboo cutlery. This simple switch can make a big impact, especially if you continue the process and recycle!
2. Skip the glitter, confetti and balloon decorations
I know shiny and sparkly is incredibly popular, but it’s not sustainable. Glitter is a plastic that ends up in our water, in most cases. Instead of traditional glitter, use fun punches and paper to make your own. You can also punch out leaves or purchase one of the biodegradable glitters that recently hit the market! You can also source biodegradable balloons, instead of traditional plastic balloons that end up in landfills. Reusable banners and good 'ol crepe paper are great alternatives. We also think that using items you already have is a great way to decorate in an eco-friendly way!
3. Get rid of artificial food dyes
Artificial food dyes are in countless food products (especially sweets), and they are linked to high rates of allergic reactions and hyperactivity in children. The good news is you don’t even need them! There are several safe options for plant-based food dyes, sprinkles, and candies on the market. The benefit of choosing one of these brands is that they are usually also free of the top 9 allergens, making them a great option for everyone!
4. Choose sustainable party activities
My kids were so excited by their theme, and wanted to do lots of party crafts! I’m used to this request, and went to work planning activities that would be fun for the party and months to come! I used natural materials as much as possible, and only had to purchase one plastic item (gems). I created felt dragon wings for the kids to decorate. I also prepped wooden dowel with felt stars and ribbons to make wands, and found an assortment of natural wood beads with cording to make necklaces. All of the kids went home with a complete make believe set that won’t be thrown out anytime soon!
5. Request/Give Functional Gifts
We requested no gifts, but our friends and family brought some really amazing gifts that were functional, needed, or more sustainable. Instead of plastic toys that break and get thrown out, give something more lasting. Some of the items we received from our tribe were just brilliant, and I thought I should share: umbrellas, kids’ cookbook, rain boots, dress up outfits, craft supplies, books, card games, blocks, pajamas, and a hand-made fabric doll.