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Green Celebrations

Green Celebrations!

This guest post is by Felicia Baratz-Savage of Eat Breathe Blog

Parties can be a lot of fun, whether you’re hosting friends or family, but they can also be more  wasteful than you realize. Decorations are temporary, food that has been sitting out needs to be thrown away, tableware might not be recyclable and homeowners have to deal with increased utility costs from using more air conditioning and electricity. Next time you’re planning a party, make it a little greener by using some of these creative eco-friendly strategies.

Image courtesy of Julie Montgomery Conserve gas and electricity

Power usage is a big part of your environmental footprint when you’re preparing for and hosting a party. Make a comprehensive list of everything you need to buy and do your best to get everything during one trip so you don’t waste gas running out multiple times.

Keep an eye on what major electronics you use during the party and try to only have one or two things on at a time. Many home theater speakers nowadays are energy efficient and can shut down automatically when not in use. Background music at a party can be great but you might as well save yourself a little money if the stereo gets turned down so people can talk.

Cook the food for your party as energy efficiently as possible, perhaps by cooking or baking everything at the same time. Save yourself and your utility bills from turning on the oven – and running the air conditioner extra to compensate – on multiple occasions.

Deck out in green

Most traditional party decorations, such as crepe paper, balloons and confetti, get thrown away after you use them and create a ton of waste. When it comes time to host a graduation, birthday or retirement party, try decorating with reusable decorations like Chinese lanterns, a colorful cloth tablecloth or banner flags that you can purchase or make during a crafting session. You can really get inventive with your decorations, especially if you have friends or kids who love to be creative. Your local fabric store has plenty of designs to choose from, most of which can be bought for just a few dollars per yard. You might also consider holding your party outside, where the natural beauty of the outdoors can be a great substitute for store-bought decorations.

Plan your table

The best option for tableware at a party is to take out your usual casual dining set. Although it creates some dishes, you can usually find someone who is willing to help you clean up after the party. You can foster conversation as one person washes, the other dries and you’ll save the environment from throwing away a load of plasticware that will just clog up a landfill. If you have to buy tableware, check your local dollar store for affordable fork, knife and spoon options that generally come bundled together in sets of four.

You can also use biodegradable options, like corn-based forks and knives, and thick paper plates instead of plastic. The compostable utensils can be purchased from eco-friendly companies, many of which are easily found online. Paper plates are readily available at local retailers, including grocery stores.

Eliminate the packaging that comes with processed foods and opt for fresh, local food for your party. You’ll save yourself a load of trash and recycling and can even sample new culinary treats if you make your party into a pitch-in.

Going green for your party doesn’t mean you’ll spend weeks planning your event or that your guests will be bored. By paying attention to greener choices in each aspect of the party, you’ll help protect the environment while also entertaining your friends and family. Even if you only throw a couple parties a year, your decisions can have a significant, positive impact on the environment.

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Earth Friendly Kid Birthday Party

Make Your Child’s Next Birthday Party Earth Friendly

This guest post is by Samantha Baker of PersonalisedTShirts.com.

If your child is having a birthday party in the coming weeks or months, why not make it an environmentally-friendly one? Kids’ parties are notoriously tough on the environment. If you stop to think about it, most of the items you purchase for your child’s party end up in the landfill. Paper plates, plastic cups and decorations end up in the garbage can far more often than they land in the recycling bin. Turn your child’s birthday party green with these five tips:

Reusable Table Ware

Instead of buying paper plates and cups, opt for reusable table ware. Camping sets make great table ware that can be reused for years to come. These plastic plates and cups come in a variety of colors, making it quite easy to find sets that can pieced together in order to match any theme. When the party is over, wash them and pack them away. You can pull out the sets to use for picnics, camping trips and future parties!

Personalized T-Shirts

Personalized T-shirts are a fun way to make sure that every child has a great gift to commemorate the event! Make a shirt for each child featuring their name boldly emblazoned across the back. The kids can wear their new shirts all summer long!

Party Favors

Instead of filling gift bags with useless trinkets that will eventually be lost or thrown away, think of a way to turn the party favors into environmentally-friendly gifts. Party favors that double as craft projects are always a great idea, especially for a younger child’s celebration. Here’s what to do:

Give each child an empty paper egg carton with a hole poked in the bottom of each egg holder, about two cups of potting soil, a packet of flower seeds and a Popsicle stick. Let the kids decorate their Popsicle sticks, fill their egg cartons with soil and plant their seeds. Have the kids glue their seed packet to their stick and then plant the stick. When the project is complete, each child has their own flower garden to take home!

E-Invites

Instead of sending paper invitations to each child, use E-invitations. There are dozens of sites that have cute E-invites for kids’ parties! If a child being invited doesn’t have a computer in their home, phone the parents and let them know about the party that way. You can help keep the planet green and save money at the same time!

Gift Ideas

Does your son or daughter really need 15 new toys? In lieu of gifts, ask guests to bring monetary or tangible donations that your child can, in turn, donate to their favorite charity. For example: host a dog-themed birthday party, asking each child to bring a can or small bag of dog food. Once the party is over, you can drive your child to the local animal shelter and donate the food that you’ve collected. This is a great way to get your child involved in the community!

If you’re planning your child’s next birthday party, why not take the effort to make it environmentally-friendly as possible? You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your child’s party green. In fact, you may even find yourself saving money! With E-invitations, reusable table ware and fun crafts, you can ensure that your child’s party is as eco-conscious as it is fun.

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Enjoy an Earth Friendly Summer Party

 

Everyone, especially children, loves to throw a party, but most of these parties are just toxic attacks on our planet. There are various Earth friendly supplies available on the market today which will help us enjoy our parties without feeling guilty about our effects on the planet.
 
Avoid using paper plates and try using actual dinnerware.
 
First, try to buy all of your green party supplies from the nearest local store. This will save you fuel while reducing the pollution and emissions of your vehicle. If you are planning on using candles in your decorating, try to use soy based candles to avoid emitting toxic materials when the candles are burning.
 
An Earth friendly kid party, maybe for a birthday or just for fun, can be a daunting task for many parents. Let’s not add being eco-friendly to the list making this a challenge. Start by using as many “green” party supplies as you can to not harm the environment. Forget about the normal paper invitations, try e-mails. They’re quick, easy to use, fun, and it’s easy to see who’s RSVPed. If you really must use paper invitations choose invitations made from recycled paper. While we’re on the subject of paper products, try using actual linens, plates and dishes instead of the paper variety. Instead of throwing them away you can wash and reuse them for a later party.
 
It’s a kid’s party and fun is inevitable. Games and toys will need to be available, so opt for Earth friendly toys to play with. Or use your imagination and make cardboard box villages the children can paint. If the party takes place at a local park entertainment is provided.
 
At the end of every child’s party the goodie bag filled with candy and toys for each child to take home are always a hit. Make them a hit with Mother Nature by wrapping goodie bags in recycle paper, even newspaper will work. Healthy snacks and fruits are Earth friendly options to fill up goodie bags. But if healthy food doesn’t sound like something your child will want or eat, never fear. There are many kid friendly products available today that resemble the traditional kid junk food, but made with healthier ingredients. The kids will never know the difference, except for the packaging of course. 

 

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