Tips to Reduce Waste at Children’s Parties
Between the invitations, wrapping paper, uneaten food, and disposable decorations, children’s parties can produce a large bundle of waste. While a good deal of this can be recycled, here are a few additional ideas to reduce the volume of waste at your child’s next birthday party.
To begin with, avoid the usual paper invitations. You might recycle them, but you don’t know that your guests are doing the same. Evites are just as effective, and you can personalize them any way you want! You can even create your own video invitation that can be shared and stored for future posterity. Instead of using traditional wrapping paper, encourage your little one’s guests to use sheets of newspaper or old magazines instead. If your child’s likeminded, you could even forego the traditional toys altogether, instead opting for experiential gifts or donations to non-profits.
Create reusable decorations.
What comes to mind when you think of traditional birthday party decorations? Chances are, it involves streamers, balloons, and banners that all end up in the trash at the end of the party. This year, try crafting reusable decorations that you can store and bring out for other occasions. Make a banner out of fabric that can be passed on to other family members, try decorating with DIY puff paint, or use twinkly lights that can be reused over the holiday season.
Choose a DIY-friendly theme.
Theme parties are always popular. If your child’s dead-set on a Superman or Star Wars party, you don’t have to necessarily go out and buy all of the branded paper items on sale at your local party store. Instead, you could get creative with the theme and use it as a basis for crafts and activities. Create your own dress-up photo booth, where you can let little ones make their own costumes and dress up in silly poses. Look up themed games to play rather than themed decorations. If you’re ever stuck for ideas, just check Pinterest. You’ll be bound to find something that fits!
Avoid disposable plates and cutlery.
Ditch the plastic plates and use real ones instead. If you’re running low, head to the nearest thrift store to get a full set for pennies. These can be saved or donated after use. Serve drinks in pretty jars, which is both on-trend and eco-friendly. Even small children can usually handle real plates and cups, and it makes them feel more grown-up to be given the chance to do so.
Get creative with party favours.
Instead of giving out a plastic bag filled with plastic toys that won’t last more than a day, think of other parting gifts you could give away. One idea if you’ve had a party that involves arts and crafts is that the guests get to leave with their creations. Whether it’s funny costumes from the photo booth or papier-mache masks, they might get greater use out of this type of favour! A book, art supplies, or even just a slice of birthday cake can also stand in for traditional party bags.
This post was created in collaboration with Funidelia