A Green Birthday

October 15, 2008

Okay, so a couple of weeks ago my son turned 10!(Hooray for him since the double digits are a HUGE deal when you are 9). My number one goal aside from an awesome and memorable party for him was to make it as earth friendly as possible, but at the same time eco-friendly on my wallet! The cake was organic and so was the frosting decorated in a theme he chose. I simply washed a few of his toys pertinent to the theme and used them as cake decorations. Oh, and of course we used 100% beeswax candles! Yummy cake! Next, the snacks! All organic and quite tasty.(at least I didn’t hear any complaints) One of my biggest hurdles was all of those awful cups, plates, napkins, etc. that you buy and throw away for a party. I decided we would simply use what we had in our kitchen. I did buy one package of Preserve plates by Recycline which are plastic, but totally reusable. I found an old fabric tablecloth in a color that went with the theme and used that for the table along with a bunch of cloth napkins(I never buy paper ones). We had 16 people here for the party and had plenty of what everyone needed. Oh, and we started with homemade invitations! My only problem was all of the waste from wrapping paper! If I had thought ahead, I would have requested in the invites that everyone wrap their gifts in newspaper so I could recycle it after, but all in all, I was pleased with the outcome and so was my son!At the end of it all, it isn’t about all the fancy decorations, but instead the quality of the party and the people that you share it with.

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