Kids’ celebrations are all about fun, games and delicious treats! But if you’re someone who likes to tread lightly and keep a lid on household waste, the idea of plastic plates, cheap knick knacks and bags upon bags of extra rubbish can be a bit of a turn off.
Here at Hooray Day, we love to share tips and tricks to make throwing kids’ parties a pleasure, not a pain!
These are our top ten tips for throwing a gorgeous party that’s also gentle on the planet.
1. Get organised!
We get it, life is busy! But taking the time to carefully plan what you need in advance (food, decorations, games etc.) will save you from impulse purchasing extra items that end up being wasted. It’ll also allow you time to source things that you need without buying them i.e. by borrowing, hiring or even finding them around your own home!
2. You do not need as much food as you think you do – trust us!
Remember that you don’t need one of each item for each guest. The average adult will eat around four to five canape sized serves of food per hour. A canape sized piece equals one piece of sushi, a few strawberries, a couple of crackers with cheese, or half of a bigger item like a cupcake. Kids will eat about three to four canape sized serves of food per hour.
3. Keep it simple
Parties are exciting (you don’t have to tell us!) and it’s all too easy to go overboard with decorations and games. But excess is not good for the environment, or for your wallet! Limit waste by planning to decorate just one area of the party space (usually around the table) and sticking to one or two games or activities. For the most part, young kids create their own fun, so a less structured party works best anyway!
4. Go for quality
If you’re buying decorations, look for well-made, durable pieces that you’ll get more than one use out of. Bunting that can be hung in a bedroom, table confetti that the kids can use for craft afterwards, cake toppers you’ll use again – it’s all about quality, not quantity!
5. Look for environmentally friendly options
If you’re planning to use disposable tableware, there are options that are biodegradable or recyclable around, e.g. bamboo and palm leaf varieties. Similarly, certain brands of balloons are more eco-friendly than others. Did you know that Qualatex balloons are fully biodegradable?
6. Bottoms up!
When planning drinks for your party, see if you can avoid single serve options. Individual plastic bottles for kids are convenient, but create a lot of waste. Buy drinks in larger bottles and serve in reusable cups or glasses if you can. If disposable cups are the go; pop out a pen so that guests can write their name on theirs and reuse it throughout the party.
7. Turn to nature
Greenery and florals used as party decorations are very much on trend! Go beyond bunches of flowers and get really creative! Larger leaves can be used as placemats or table runners. Smaller leaves can be popped into mason jars, or to create garlands around centrepieces. Flowers can be tied to strings for bunting or backdrops. Stunning and unique party decorations that can later be turned into mulch – yes please!
8. Get set!
Set out a tub or box for rubbish, one for recyclables and even one for food scraps if you compost. If need be, write which items belong in each along the sides of the boxes.
9. To loot or not to loot?
Loot bags are absolutely not essential, but let’s face it, they’re a fun way to end a party and kids love them. You can avoid creating extra landfill by filling your bags with one or two quality items instead of lots of single use plastic toys. Bonus points for going with a reusable bag e.g. one made from calico, or ditching the bag altogether if you can!
10. Go digital
Keep your party footprint light by emailing digital invitations instead of printing and sending. Thank you notes are important, but not many people expect them in hardcopy form anymore! Snap a photo of your little one opening each gift and text or email it along with a message of thanks.
So now you’re all set to party lightly! We hope you’ve enjoyed these tips! For more party ideas and to check out our Party Kits, head to hoorayday.com.au
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