Have you ever noticed how much rubbish is left over after a Party? A low-waste kids party is a big plus to have these days!
From plastic plates and food wrappers, to bottles of water and wrapping paper, there’s so much that ends up in the bin!
Here are some tips on how to have a low-waste event!
Instead of plastic plates, use compostable paper plates instead! They can be found at paper goods stores, party supplies stores and, of course, online.
Plastic plates, plastic cutlery and styrofoam cups are non-recyclable and not reusable.
Send online invitations! Most people these days have an email address that they access regularly. Create some virtual invitations, a Facebook event, or post one invitation to your kids’ school or kindergarten classroom for the parents to take a picture of on their phone.
You can also send text message invitations and reminders to your phone contacts.
Balloons are a great way to liven up any space! Balloons are not made of plastic, as many people believe. They are actually made from latex from a rubber tree such as hevea brasiliensis. They are 100% biodegradable and break down at approximately the same rate as an oak leaf! Isn’t that amazing?
Colourful rugs and cushions are another great way to brighten up your party without throwing them away afterwards! You can also use a fabric table runner instead of a disposable plastic tablecloth.
Flowers and DIY decorations, such as fabric buntings and backdrops, are very eco-friendly as well as pretty to look at!
Fairy lights can be strung up on trees or along walls. They can also be put in jars as centrepieces to create a beautiful effect.
Instead of Party Bags, let the kids take home a jar with loose lollies! Bubbles and crayons are great party favours, too! Even a balloon will be appreciated. Wrapped lollies and chocolates create a lot of mess and waste.
Food and Drinks
Fruit platters, sandwich platters and hot finger food are great to serve instead of bags of chips and chocolates! They are much healthier and have a lot less waste!
Drinks served from a drink dispenser is also much more eco-friendly than soft drink cans, bottled water and juice boxes.
Games and Entertainment
To entertain the kids, play some group games such as Treasure Hunt or Limbo. Some art and craft supplies out on a table can do wonders, too!
Let the kids go nuts on the concrete with some chalk as this can be easily hosed down after the Party!
Wrap your presents in recycled wrapping paper or put your presents in gift bags as they can easily be reused in the future for another present or party! This will help with your low-waste kids party, too!