An eco-friendly kids party is an innovative new idea that many parents are starting to use. Other than helping the environment, eco-friendly parties are also a quirky alternative to traditional children’s parties, making it a unique way for your child to celebrate their all-important birthday.
Why opt for an eco-friendly kids party?
Climate change is the biggest environmental challenge the world has ever faced, and it is becoming worse as time goes on. A recent report published by the United Nations shockingly revealed that up to 1 million species now face extension as a result of human actions. The increase in water pollution is also causing major problems for both humans and marine life, which has resulted in companies specifically targeting their products to help fund ocean waste removal. Deforestation is also a huge cause for concern as it is continuously reducing our supply of oxygen and contributes to around 15% of our greenhouse gas emissions.
To combat these issues, we must all make a collective effort to be more eco-friendly in our day-to-day lives, and parties should be no exception. By using the following ideas and showcasing your creativity, you are guaranteed to throw an unforgettable, planet-saving party!
You can be making a conscious effort to be eco-friendly before the party has even started by opting for e-vites. Paperless invites are becoming increasingly popular as they do not only help the environment but are cheaper than standard invitations and still allow you to be creative. There are many online tools you can use to create your invitations, and you can customize them as much as you like to suit any occasion.
Buying fresh ingredients as opposed to packaged food is an excellent way to help the environment and ensure all party guests are eating unprocessed, organic food. Using loose fruit to make delicious fruit cocktail sticks is a great idea as it significantly cuts down on plastic waste and promotes healthy eating.
For inspiration on what food should be served at the party, this article from One Green Planet lists the top 10 eco-friendly foods you can buy.
We can’t forget that this is a time to celebrate, so treat your guests to a candy floss machine London. With so many flavours available, such as apple, orange and raspberry, a fully trained attendant and glow candy floss sticks available on request, this candy floss machine is bound to be a statement party feature. However, if candy floss isn’t your thing, there are many other options to pick from with food entertainment London.
Ditch the classic disposables
Disposable party supplies are a common feature of any children’s party as they are relatively cheap, not fragile and can be thrown away once used. However, disposable paper and plastic partyware are often made from low-grade plastics or coated with materials that make them unsuitable for recycling. For this reason, you should consider purchasing eco-friendly party supplies from Little Cherry.
Organic Bamboo Tableware
As one of the fastest growing plants in the world, bamboo is an excellent sustainable material you can use for your party tableware. Unlike paper or plastic plates which would typically be thrown in the bin after use, bamboo plates and cutlery can be added to your home compost heap and will naturally breakdown over a period of 4-6 months.
Palm plates and bowls
Made from palm leaves which have been soaked in spring water, heat pressed into shape and then dried, palm party supplies are 100% biodegradable and compostable. The process of making these products is entirely natural, with no deforestation involved and no link to the palm oil industry.
Biodegradable cutlery is a must-have for an eco-friendly party as they reduce carbon dioxide levels, greenhouse gas emission levels and do not release any harmful chemicals upon decomposition.
It is not surprising that helium balloons and foil banners are damaging for the environment, so when throwing an eco-friendly party, it is best to avoid purchasing them. Instead, you can get creative and make your own paper decorations that you can easily reuse for the next party. Paper lanterns are a great decorative touch and can be made following these five easy steps:
- Grab a piece of recycled paper and fold it in half lengthways
- Cut along the folded edge, making sure not to cut all the way to end. It is entirely up to you how long the cuts are, but remember the longer they are, the more light will shine through
- Take both ends of the paper and wrap them around to create a tube shape. Once you have done this, stick it together securely using glue or tape
- With another piece of recycled paper, cut a strip that can be used as a handle
- Once you have a handle of suitable length, secure it to the inside of the lantern using glue or tape
It’s time to move away from traditional party games such as musical chairs and pin the tail on the donkey and tailor activities to benefit wildlife. One of the best ways to do this is to have all the children make bird feeders. It is a super fun activity, and each child can take their feeder home to put in their own garden! Pine cone bird feeders are a much-loved favourite as they keep the children entertained for a long time, are budget-friendly and extremely easy to make. If you want to be super eco-friendly, you could recycle old juice cartons and turn them into a quirky bird feeder. All you need to do is have the children paint and decorate the carton however they like and cut a hole for the bird feed, then simply use some rope/string to hang it from a branch. You could even add a wooden spoon at the bottom for the birds to land and make it easier to eat from the carton.
Arts and craft activities are much loved by children but can result in a lot of paper waste, so you should consider using a digital graffiti wall instead. All the children can get involved in creating an artistic masterpiece using the many stencils, paint effects and animated images available with this digital graffiti wall.
If the children are a little bit older and are likely to get bored with arts and crafts activities, you could always use games table hire London. There is a great selection of games tables to choose from, including fooseball, air hockey, table tennis and snooker. With such a variety on offer, you are guaranteed to find a games table that all of the party guests will enjoy.
Although a tedious task, the cleaning up process is just another way to make the party that little bit more eco-friendly. It’s also another opportunity to get the kids involved and teach them the importance of recycling. Just before all the guests are about to go home, give everyone a recycling bag and make it a race against time to collect as many recyclable goods as possible. The child who collects the most recycling can then receive a prize of your choice.
If you want to take saving the planet to the next level, you could even go as far as to ask guests to bring eco-friendly gifts. More often than not, traditional gifts given at kids parties go to waste as they do not need them or they outgrow them. 4ocean sell a variety of coloured bracelets which are all made from recycled materials. However, the best part about purchasing one of these bracelets is that it funds the removal of 1 pound of rubbish from the ocean and coastlines. In less than two years, 4ocean have successfully removed over 4,500,000 pounds of trash, so it is guaranteed that buying one of their products will have a positive impact on the planet.
Another eco-friendly gift idea that would be loved by any child is animal adoption. The Wildlife Trusts adopt an animal scheme does not only help protect UK wildlife, but also helps fund important local wildlife conservation work, such as managing nature reserves and creating new habitats. Animals you can adopt include:
Most adoption packages include a soft toy and certificate, so your children will always have a keepsake to remind them of how they helped protect local wildlife.
If your child loves bath time and they regularly use bath bombs, you could even ask for gifts to be bought from Lush. Lush cosmetics pride themselves on being an all-natural bath and body brand, boasting solid shampoo bars that require zero packaging and offering free products to customers who bring in recyclable goods.
Saving the planet one party at a time
There is undeniably a huge environmental crisis facing the earth right now, so it is important we all do our part to save our planet. There are so many ways you can fight against climate change, and throwing an eco-friendly party is one of them.