I am trying to be more eco friendly in my personal life and I started to think about all the plastic at kids parties, alot of which gets thrown in the bin . I may have "lost" plastic whistles into the bin about 2 hours after a party (officially the worse noise in the world) and I have to admit to throwing all the paper plates/ lunch boxes into the binbag instead of taking them home to recycle because I had so much to carry....not proud of it but I am keeping it real and am ready change my ways.
From plates, cups, forks, banners, balloons to party bag items, there must be alternatives.
I wanted to share some ideas to reduce the amount of plastic we use at kids parties.
1. Don't bother with balloons and the dizziness of blowing them up. I attend so many parties and usually when they pop (which they do), the sound really upsets at least one child. Small children can find sudden loud noise too much, and kids parties are over stimulating at best.
2. Ditch the party blowers and whistles. They are indeed the devils spawn anyway. All the grown ups will thank you for it. 30 kids blowing whistles for 2 hours is a Face painters worst nightmare. Not one will make it to the next day. Us parents accidently drop them in the bin. Every time! Plus, some small children get really really upset at the noise.
3. Ditch the party bag full of plastic tat. I have seen some lovely alternatives. Buy them all a book to take home or a colouring book. One idea I loved was a packet of flower seeds (sunflower I think) and a pot. Instead of a plastic sweet cone, order a paper bag one. Small changes can make such a difference. Oh and you can order paper bag sweet favours from me! Check out this website for some other funky ideas
https://plasticfreepartybags.com/ and https://www.littlecherry.co.uk/
4. How about these amazing Cake pops to take home instead of a party bag? Recyclable sticks with a yummy cake on it (believe me, I have tasted them). Check them out here;
5. Ditch the plastic plates as they go straight into the bin. Buy recyclable or check if your venue has plates you could use and wash.
6. Do not buy 30 small bottles of fruit shoots (turn the kids into wild animals anyway haha). Use a jug and paper cups or even better, plastic reusable ones if your venue has them.
7. Think about using recyclable paper to wrap your gift. Why not get brown paper and ask your kids to decorate it with pictures before you wrap it and they will be so proud to hand their creations over.
would love to hear your ideas too! Check out this blog post for some other inspiration;