How to Green Up Your Kid’s Next Party by Going Retro

childrenYou know the definition of insanity… “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. If we are wanting to make a difference to our world we are going to need to start doing things differently.

Nowadays children’s parties have gotten completely out of hand. No expense is spared and the parties just get bigger and “better” than the previous.

At the end of the day large quantities of waste have been generated from the plates, cups, serviettes, gift wrapping, present boxes and disposable decorations. Everything is tossed away.

It’s thought to be easier, more convenient in our frenetic society and maybe it is. But it’s not the only way!

Think back to when you were a child. Parties were always hosted at home. Mom did all the suarez_bubbles_MET_001-7725food preparations and served them on reuseable crockery and cutlery. We borrowed what we needed and had such fun planning everything in advance.

We played fun games like Scavenger Hunt, Musical Statues, Musical Chairs.  And most fun of all, left to our own devices, we came up with our own creative games.

We didn’t have party bags but ate the wholesome food prepared by Mom. The treats weren’t sugar free but they were free of many colourants, flavourants and preservatives present at most parties today.

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The key is simplicity. And adjusting our own expectations. It’s time to be the retro trend-setters for the next generation of moms.

Going zero-waste requires extra planning in advance and a bit of borrowing. But it is a lot less expensive, not to mention rewarding.

So:
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  • Send out digital, paperless invites.
  • Make sure all tableware is reuseable or compostable.
  • Limit the decor to biodegradable.
  • Try solar lighting.
  • Make edible party favours.
  • And get a couple of close friends or family members to help out during the party!
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