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How To Go Green With Your Children’s Birthday Party

Posted Mar 22 2012 4:16pm

How To Go Green With Your Children’s Birthday Party

guest post by Lisa M. form The Party Works

It can be tough raising kids in this pre-packaged, additive-filled world. Certain things like Halloween and birthday parties can render a sense of panic when it comes to thinking about how much high-fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated, genetically modified soybean oil they’ll be ingesting in one sitting. I can’t help you with trick or treating, but I can give you plenty of tips on how to throw a healthy, green birthday party for your child. And hopefully your efforts will set a great example for others to follow suit.

Let’s begin with the planning stage.

It is no longer necessary to send out paper invitations. Get creative with a design on your computer for an e-vite that relays the green message of the party and asks the invitees to either bring unwrapped or to use recycled paper or old newspaper for gifts. This is also the time to ask about food allergies and dietary restrictions for the kids.
You can either buy recycled or compostable cups, plates and utensils or simply use the real stuff you own and do the dishes later.
Use fresh flowers and plants for decorations rather than balloons and one-time use signs. If you want something that says ‘Happy Birthday’ on it, invest in a nice, high-quality banner that you can use repeatedly over the years.

Now for the food… Some kids might not be used to eating produce heavy, organic meals, so you might be worried about complaints. Here’s the solution:

Make organic, whole wheat pizza crust and a simple marinara from scratch a day or two in advance, chop up easy kid veggies like mushrooms, black olives and red bell peppers and get a couple of bags of shredded organic cheese. The kids can dress their own individual pizzas, so they will feel like they had a say in the matter. A taco bar is another way to pick out organic ingredients and let the kids make their own tacos. This is a good one if you have gluten-free guests, and corn tortillas or even taco bowls work as alternatives.
Once you know the dietary restrictions you can make an organic cake or tart with agave or applesauce sweetener for a low-glycemic index. Cupcakes are great too because then you can make two different kinds to meet everyone’s needs.

Entertainment is the easy part.

Many parks departments or botanical gardens are happy to schedule a guided nature walk. This can be a great way to get the kids interested in plants and trees.
If there’s inclement weather and you want to set up a crafts table, you can buy small, plain clay pots and a simple plant and have the kids paint and then plant their own pots to take home as party favors.

There’s no doubt kids will have a great time at your party. You just have to plan a little extra in advance to have healthy solutions for every part!

Lisa is a guest post blogger who writes about party planning from every kind of theme imaginable, like a Mario birthday party to creative anniversary party ideas.

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