Lesser waste birthday party?Posted: May 19, 2012
We recently celebrated a birthday in the house and it was an opportunity to re-think the waste possibilities. Full disclosure, reducing waste was NOT our primary goal, it was to entertain a bunch of kids and make sure the birthday boy had a wonderful time. With the exception of 3 three things, everything for the party was done on the fly that day. Here are the pre-thoughts:
1. A birthday banner – a friend who sews, faster and more proficiently than myself, put together a banner from scraps she already had. We will use this for every one’s birthday from this moment on. Thank you Rhonda. Decorations – Check.
2. Custom Legos – I know, I know, NEW Legos?!?! Like I said, reducing waste was not our primary concern, however, although I purchased new I was determined not to have any “instant waste” attached to my purchase, meaning packaging. I have to give props where they are due and Sean at the Lego store, helped me for a painful 50 minutes while we custom built a Lego car. We then collected and collated the legos needed for 7 future birthday goers and lastly I slipped our hard work into one of my trusty bags. For the party we built the cars….and then we raced them 🙂 Party activity – Check. Party favor – Check.
3. Teddy Bear toss – Took a trip to my not so friendly neighborhood Goodwill store and picked up 3 used stuffed bears. We took turn tossing the bears into buckets we already had at home. Party activity #2 – Check. Future dog chew toys – Check.
Other than that, we had great weather so the party kicked off with chalk drawing in the driveway. We outlined each kid and they decorated themselves, 10 minutes later I had a drive way full of mini-super heroes.
I baked a cake, whipped up some cream and we all sat down to water or milk and cake and whipped cream and strawberries. Here’s our birthday set-up, the glasses are actually old jelly jars…..does that make-up for my new Legos?…..Didn’t think so.
Obviously glasses and glass plates might not work for certain kids, for example ages 3 and under, but for our little soiree, it was right on and the waste was a bit of painter’s tape versus disposable plates, napkins, cups, etc.
We had a few other games and activities that involved paper and other waste but I feel like this was a good first step. We have lots of room for waste reduction improvement but when the birthday boy told me in a sleepy voice at the end of the day, “best birthday ever”, I was feeling exactly the same way.