Any Green birthday party suggestions?
Nana - posted on 04/10/2011
Instead of loot bags and presents, host a book exchange. Everyone brings a gently used book, and everyone picks out another one when they leave..Also, in lieu of gifts, my 4 yr-old wanted to Bring Back the Wild (Earth Rangers) and save the salamander. So perhaps introduce child-friendly charities. :)
Tara - posted on 04/07/2011
This came up in a pop up over in DM so I thought I would respond with something I do each spring with my kids.
Making seed balls is fun, earth friendly and also educational.
What you need:
air dry clay. dollar store variety or even crayola, as long as hasn't been coloured or have glue or hardener added to it.
Soil seed starter mix or soil.
Water in a small container or spray bottle
newpaper cause it's messy
A variety of seeds that are native to your area, wildflowers are great, ornamental grasses, etc. make sure they grow naturally where you live first.
Mix the clay and dirt about 40% clay and 60% dirt, add water as necessary. roll into a ball about the size of a large marble, flatten a bit, add a few seeds from each type of plant, poppies, blanketflower, purple cone flower, daisies, sunflowers, etc. press them into the "pancake" then close them all up and roll into a ball again, make sure it is nice and tight, add water if needed.
Allow to dry somewhere out of direct light but where they will be warm, the top of the fridge or a indirectly sunny windowsill works great.
Once they are dry or semi-dry (like after a couple of hours) you can put them in little mesh bags. Add a little note that tells you how to use them.
"These seed balls can be thrown into vacant lots, empty yard space, fence lines or other unsightly areas in your community and yard to bring nature back. These flowers will typically attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Do not bury, just toss them randomly and wait for them to explode into a beautiful garden."
We love this craft and have done it at parties as well as used them as gifts and part of green friendly loot bags for kids too.
Lynn - posted on 04/07/2011
We've got tons of them on our website and blog at www.CelebrateGreen.net and www.CelebrateGreen.net/blog. We've also got some videos showing great ways to go green for any child's birthday. But the basics are to use what you already have. Try not to buy anything, especially paper goods that will just be thrown away. If you need to buy try a thrift shop and after the party, donate back. Make and take gifts are great. Go outside and let the kids PLAY--fun old fashioned games are a hit with kids of all ages. Ask that presents be brought UNWRAPPED then have the guests hide them and the birthday child look for them! These are just a few ideas. Have fun!
Heather - posted on 03/09/2011
My 6 year old was really into legos so that was the theme of his party three years ago.
1. Online invites
2. Try to use cloth napkins, plates, and cups from your own house.
3. Decorate with things from around your house. Make a few pinatas for decorations. I used a box, attached some individual plastic applesauce cups to the top and painted it red for a pinata. The goal is to make it look like a lego brick. I filled it with healthier options: raisins, fruit leathers, etc.
4. Make the cake yourself. For a GREAT carrot cake recipe visit http://purelysweetmom.com/?p=439. Make rectangle shape and muffins. Place muffins on top of rectangle to look like a lego brick. Frost.
5. Find a no waste party favor. Decorate your own cookie project and take home for party favor. Make your own lightsaber, purchase lego minifigures, etc.
6. Lego game ideas: lego brick treasure hunt, pin the light saber on the minifigure, lego brick drop (from a chair drop legos into bucket).
I am not even sure your child is a boy, for girls you can check out some owl theme ideas at the above link. We also played pin the beak on the owl.
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