Kids’ birthday parties are about as unsustainable as you can get – think of all that throw away paper and plastic packaging, not to mention the wasted food, single use decorations and unwanted gifts.
With a few simple changes you can make your party a lot more eco friendly – and less expensive, too.
Here are some ideas.
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If you’re feeling nostalgic about not having a paper print out of your child’s invitation, you can even order a couple of hard copies as a memento.
Use what you already have
Rather than splurging on a load of paper plates, tablecloths and cups, use what you already have. Children don’t really notice or care if their plate has Peppa Pig on it. Jars can be used as vases or to serve sweets or popcorn and your Christmas lights will add a festive feel, even in the middle of the summer.
Go for natural decorations
Foliage from the garden, pinecones, stings of leaves and bowls piled with fruit can be much prettier and more original than shop bought decorations. There are so many ideas for natural decorations on Pinterest.
Avoid shiny, shop-bought party food
Not only is it a waste of money when you can so easily make sandwiches and cakes yourself but it also tends to be wrapped in unnecessary plastic or packaged in over-sized foil boxes. Instead serve platters of colourful chopped vegetables and decant large packets of crisps or pretzels into smaller bowls rather than going for individual packets.
Encourage your friends to contribute to one meaningful present
Try using Gudoo, a new platform, which allows organisers and guests to fund one special present or experience as well as a gift for charity that is chosen by the child – so much better, surely, than being left with a pile of guilt-inducing plastic presents?