A plastic free party is not exactly a new or revolutionary concept. Thanks to young activists such as Greta Thunberg and Isra Hirsi. As well as government initiatives, like Italy’s new law regarding climate change education. We are living in a world that is becoming increasingly aware of how human consumption impacts our environment. More of us are making conscious choices on a daily basis. So when my youngest son told me that he didn’t want any balloons at his upcoming birthday party, I panicked.
A Party without Balloons
A birthday party without balloons did not seem like a birthday party at all to me. In fact, the Pintrest Parent in me cringed at the idea of a balloon free party, boring came to mind. However, I enjoy a challenge and his balloon free party idea soon became a plastic free party idea.
I took the standard birthday party supply list and raided the cupboards to see what we had already. Hello colourful Ikea plastic cups, plates, cutlery & bowls for children. Anything that needed to be bought specifically, was bought with the avoidance of single use plastics in mind.
B decided that he wanted to make his own decorations. Armed with string, a star hole puncher and various bits of coloured card. He and W made rainbow bunting to adorn the stairs (pictured below). I made a photo area with a photo booth sheet I got from Postbox Party nearly 6 years ago for W’s first birthday! I also hung up a felt ‘Happy Birthday’ banner from Flying Tiger and decorated the table with newspaper, flowers and dinosaur/animal toys.
B helped organise the activities (nature crowns, paper airplane making & air drying clay fossils). He decided the party menu, including very specific drinks requests (strawberry or carrot juice options anybody?). He also chose most of the playlist and I will definitely be hiring him for my 30th!
The party was a success. Everybody had a great time, the children were very unsure about the drink choices but all ended up asking for more and exclaiming his delicious they were! I very much promote independence, free play etc which worked well. When it was time to eat the kids helped themselves to as much pizza and salad as they wanted. I tried to take as many photos as possible and used the photo area as an opportunity for the kids to be photographed with any of their ‘creations’.
If you want to throw a plastic free party as well, I highly recommend checking out the Party Kit Network UK, go see if you can hire a party kit locally. You’re also probably wondering about party bags, but that’s a blog post for another day…