How to host a party while being environmentally responsible ?

eco-conscious party

Environmentally conscious (Eco-Conscious) parties are a great way to throw a party while keeping the environment friendly for party goers and neighbours alike. But let’s be real, how many of you would go to a eco-conscious party? I mean, that doesn’t sound like fun at all when you hear it. Compared to a spider-man or nascar themed party, even a unicorn themed party sounds a lot more sophisticated and fun! So, we decided to shorten it to #wishmeparty which sounds much cooler and fun! 

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Let’s face it, throwing parties should really be considered an art or skill set. When party planning, it takes patience, conflict resolution, money management, budgeting, purchasing, negotiating, and many other skills to throw off even a small gathering. 

When it comes to creating and throwing an #wishmeparty we also need to add in mother nature planning to that list above. A #wishmeparty is a party where you give back to the universe in thoughtful way that shows we really care and don’t want to contribute to global warming or nature violence for the day. 

It’s easy to ignore the world and earth we live on because see everything as a need and resource readily available for our disposal. Here are some fun list of ideas for hosting an Eco-Conscious party or #wishmeparty

 

Eco-Conscious Party Invitations, Greetings and Gifts

To keep your party eco-friendly start by creating invitations that do not use paper, postage, printing, wrapping… anything! You can do this by downloading the Wish Me party invitation app. Create your first invitation using the balloon — you will see it when you sign up. Upload a video or a picture to the invitation and send it out to all your invited guests. They will always have the updated invitation on the app and can RSVP and send you back a video wish along with a gift card from your wish-list – Did you notice you haven’t wasted anything yet?

 

Sending invitations with the app – the app gives you two options. You can either send them via email or via text. It’s up to you which method you prefer and luckily, both are keeping your party environmentally friendly. 

Greetings and Gifts – You can receive video or photo greetings within the app and communicate your desire for an eco-conscious party by uploading your favourite shopping destinations to your wish me wish list!! 

Party Wish Lists – Instead of creating a party wish list in invitations and sending them out, using paper and earth’s resources, the Wish Me app allows you to add your party wish list directly in the app. This saves you time and money plus keep trees in tact! 

 

Eco-Conscious Party Theme

Since we already know we are going to be using an environmentally friendly party theme it’s now time to skip to the venue option. Will you use your home or spend money renting somewhere? A park would be a great party place to go with your #wishmeparty

Eco-Conscious Party Supplies

Buying and re-using recycled materials and supplies helps to keep things environmentally friendly. Walmart and Amazon offer great cutlery made from recycled milk jugs and we love these! Adding a bit of funk and fun to your party materials can be done by using funky straws.  You could also make your own cloth napkins, so you can wash and reuse them in your home.  

Here are some options for re-usable and environmentally friendly party supplies. 

 

Amazon has an amazing selection of Palm Leaf, Wood, Bamboo supplies… A great alternative to re-usable ceramic and china plates. 

Great for parties, entertaining on the weekends and even picnics! 

Eco-Conscious Food

Bringing food from home makes for a cost-efficient party. Kids love finger foods like tacos, nachos, pizza, and pasta so this works perfectly to purchase and make easily from your home kitchen. Another cost efficient and healthy party food alternative is to use fruit skewers or just fruit bowls. If you’re planning on making a cake, make a homemade cake or cupcakes instead. There’s no need to spend a ton of money on a professional cake. 

Eco-Conscious Decorations

If you opt to have a park party, there’s no need for decorations as the park flowers and trees will substitute. For parties at home or venue based, buy reusable decorations so you can continue to recycle them year after year. This saves you a ton of money for yearly parties also. Get creative by opting out for age appropriate décor and instead choose “happy birthday and not happy 7th birthday”. This allows you to reuse. 

When you explain to your kids you are planning a party and purchasing things that can be recycled, you’re educating your kids on how to save the earth and teaching them valuable lessons about needs verse wants. They don’t need to have everything they want even if it is their day. It’s a great life lesson learned. 

 

Benefits of hosting an Eco-Conscious Party

I am biased towards hosting eco-conscious parties because I love teaching my kids life lessons that are practical and will help them save time, money and effort in the future. And I also feel that actions speak louder than words. Hosting an eco-conscious party gives you (the parent) a great opportunity to not only preach what you believe but also walk your talk. 

Your kids will learn that:

1. It’s easy to be environmentally responsible and home life translates from what schools are teaching about being eco-conscious

2. Earth day comes more than once a year in your home – a great lesson for all ages

3. Actions speak louder than words and they will take you seriously when you talk about some other pressing issue

4. Being eco-conscious can be fun !

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