My youngest daughter just turned one and I’m happy to report that her First Birthday Party was an eco-friendly, green success! I limited the invitation paper waste and postage by sending Evite invitations to the event. I centered her party around a garden theme and asked guests not to bring gifts to reduce wrappings. However I did suggest that for anyone that felt the need to bring something that they bring something for her first garden. It was wonderful! She received everything from a bird feeder and Shepard’s hook to spring bulbs and gardening tools. She even received a Bay Laurel and a Laurel Oak tree in her name. The following are other things I did to keep her green, first birthday party eco-friendly:
The plates and cutlery were biodegradable and made from corn. I purchased them through Gaiam.com.
The napkins were Seventh Generation unbleached, made from recycled materials also purchased through Gaiam.com.
We served fresh fruit and vegetables. I cut the melon into garden shapes using cookie cutters.
The children were encouraged to play outside with various stations set up, such as an art table with Magic Nuudles (biodegradable building blocks made from cornstarch), a fishing pond, a sand table and a bug hunt (which didn’t end up happening but I thought it was a cute idea).
Take away gifts were miniature terracotta pots with organic soil, thyme seeds and Yummy Earth Lollipops as an extra treat.
I baked organic, carrot cake muffins
Decorations were minimal and included fresh flowers cut from our garden.