Zero waste does not mean zero fun! It is possible to have fun while minimizing its impact on the environment. The two are not mutually exclusive.  Between disposable tableware, decorations, disposable balloons, not to mention gift wrapping. There is so much waste and pollution that we can try to avoid. What are the alternatives for a zero waste child’s birthday? And how to organize it? Well it’s possible. I present you solutions for a festive day that respect the environment and create a fun celebration for all.

Preparations for an zero-waste party

Send paperless invitations

Invitations by email. To avoid the email written in black and white, Times New Roman font, you can create an invitation card online in just 5 minutes with the Canva site. Even the least gifted in computer users can do it without problem! I promise.

Facebook invitations. Facebook invitations are a great way to ensure your invitations reach your guests and you can keep them up to date with details of the party.

Recycled invitations. Get creative and get your kids involved. What do you have lying around the house that you could turn into invitations. This is a great idea for a craft day.

The birthday table

The goal is to completely move away from toxic and single-use plastic. Consider using your ceramic plates, bowls, cups, metal straws and glasses. If that is not an option there are some wonderful biodegradable solutions available at the supermarkets. For the tablecloths, borrow or find old white or printed sheets. Think of colored or painted pebbles, succulents, pick up pine cones and all natural materials that can match your theme.

The decorations

Decorating may take a little effort but the satisfaction of do-it-yourself definitely will be worth it. Pinterest is teaming with sustainable decoration inspiration, we like:

• Making fabric banners, it’s easy! Discover a nice tutorial here .

• Relying on recycled materials: pallets and barrels make a pretty bohemian decoration.

• As a second solution, you will find many artisans on Etsy who offer beautiful things. These decorations are durable and therefore recyclable for future birthday parties.

Games

The aim here will be to preserve this festive moment for children and pleasant for parents while limiting or even removing waste.

Creative games
Offering a mix of free play and a few activities provides the perfect moments for your guests. You can set up a space, a table or even a room where the children can sit and concentrate on activities such as:
Modeling clay
Blackboards with chalk
Terracotta sculptures
wooden games to build
Puzzles

Their concentration time will surely be limited but these quieter retreats can be very pleasant and relaxing for the children between play. Also let them create their own activities with what you have made available to them.

The treasure hunt
If you are lucky enough to have a garden or to borrow one from a loved one, this game is very popular! In addition, it allows children to get some fresh air thanks to an outdoor game . You will be able to prepare a super easy treasure hunt around your garden.

Make a map of the places with six clues ending in a loot to share. Prepare small tests for each clue type balls to throw on a target, fishing for letters to find the complete word, riddles etc.

Food

First of all, you have to manage the amount of food. Kids barely eat at birthday parties, they’re way too busy having fun. Avoid food waste by not overloading your table and favor minimally processed foods that can be composted if there is waste. Bonus, it’s much better for everyone’s health.

Put only what is necessary rather than having leftovers that the children will have touched with their hands soiled by the games.

Some ideas for preparations:

  • Fruit skewers on a wooden stick : using seasonal and loose fruit: melon, strawberry, watermelon, pineapple, apples, pears, grapes

  • Snacks purchased in bulk : raisins, chocolate coated peanuts, dried apricots

  • Homemade bread with organic or even homemade spread ! A treat for young and old

  • The homemade birthday cake : To the favorite taste of your child, chocolate or fruit. Keep it simple, they will be delighted.

  • Homemade muffins : arranged in a fun way, your child can also blow out their birthday candles.

The drinks

For adults, you can serve hot or iced tea depending on the season. To this we can consider different choices such as coffee, homemade lemonades, water flavored with homemade mint much less sweet than in the store. Children can also enjoy fresh fruit juices in addition to flavored water.

Gifts 

Little surprises for the guests

For each child, a good approach is, for example, a small fabric bag with the choice of a notebook and some colored pencils and a nice eraser, playdough, small homemade cookies or a book . Avoid industrial sweets and gadget toys which may break quickly and therefore create unnecessary waste.

Otherwise, forget about them. It may sound like a shame, but most kids don’t care for more than 5 minutes.

You gave them a great birthday celebration and a great memory.

Gifts for your child

The challenge will be to find an alternative to gifts that generate too much waste but will please your child just as much.

If your guests want to give your child a gift, you can set up a prize pool . Invite everybody to participate in adding up to $5. This money will be used by the child to buy the gift or experience of their choice .

This alternative avoids the accumulation of superfluous toys and the accompanying packaging.

What we can remember

Make your child’s birthday, a moment of happiness while dramatically reducing your waste , it’s possible! You will have to change some of your habits but the alternatives are numerous and quite simple to set up: waste-free invitations, fun activities, reusable dishes and smart gifts. Everything is at your disposal to achieve a zero waste birthday.

Zero waste does not mean zero fun! It is possible to have fun while minimizing its impact on the environment. The two are not mutually exclusive.  Between disposable tableware, decorations, disposable balloons, not to mention gift wrapping. There is so much waste and pollution that we can try to avoid. What are the alternatives for a zero waste child’s birthday? And how to organize it? Well it’s possible. I present you solutions for a festive day that respect the environment and create a fun celebration for all.

Preparations for an zero-waste party

Send paperless invitations

Invitations by email. To avoid the email written in black and white, Times New Roman font, you can create an invitation card online in just 5 minutes with the Canva site. Even the least gifted in computer users can do it without problem! I promise.

Facebook invitations. Facebook invitations are a great way to ensure your invitations reach your guests and you can keep them up to date with details of the party.

Recycled invitations. Get creative and get your kids involved. What do you have lying around the house that you could turn into invitations. This is a great idea for a craft day.

The birthday table

The goal is to completely move away from toxic and single-use plastic. Consider using your ceramic plates, bowls, cups, metal straws and glasses. If that is not an option there are some wonderful biodegradable solutions available at the supermarkets. For the tablecloths, borrow or find old white or printed sheets. Think of colored or painted pebbles, succulents, pick up pine cones and all natural materials that can match your theme.

The decorations

Decorating may take a little effort but the satisfaction of do-it-yourself definitely will be worth it. Pinterest is teaming with sustainable decoration inspiration, we like:

• Making fabric banners, it’s easy! Discover a nice tutorial here .

• Relying on recycled materials: pallets and barrels make a pretty bohemian decoration.

• As a second solution, you will find many artisans on Etsy who offer beautiful things. These decorations are durable and therefore recyclable for future birthday parties.

Games

The aim here will be to preserve this festive moment for children and pleasant for parents while limiting or even removing waste.

Creative games
Offering a mix of free play and a few activities provides the perfect moments for your guests. You can set up a space, a table or even a room where the children can sit and concentrate on activities such as:
Modeling clay
Blackboards with chalk
Terracotta sculptures
wooden games to build
Puzzles

Their concentration time will surely be limited but these quieter retreats can be very pleasant and relaxing for the children between play. Also let them create their own activities with what you have made available to them.

The treasure hunt
If you are lucky enough to have a garden or to borrow one from a loved one, this game is very popular! In addition, it allows children to get some fresh air thanks to an outdoor game . You will be able to prepare a super easy treasure hunt around your garden.

Make a map of the places with six clues ending in a loot to share. Prepare small tests for each clue type balls to throw on a target, fishing for letters to find the complete word, riddles etc.

Food

First of all, you have to manage the amount of food. Kids barely eat at birthday parties, they’re way too busy having fun. Avoid food waste by not overloading your table and favor minimally processed foods that can be composted if there is waste. Bonus, it’s much better for everyone’s health.

Put only what is necessary rather than having leftovers that the children will have touched with their hands soiled by the games.

Some ideas for preparations:

  • Fruit skewers on a wooden stick : using seasonal and loose fruit: melon, strawberry, watermelon, pineapple, apples, pears, grapes

  • Snacks purchased in bulk : raisins, chocolate coated peanuts, dried apricots

  • Homemade bread with organic or even homemade spread ! A treat for young and old

  • The homemade birthday cake : To the favorite taste of your child, chocolate or fruit. Keep it simple, they will be delighted.

  • Homemade muffins : arranged in a fun way, your child can also blow out their birthday candles.

The drinks

For adults, you can serve hot or iced tea depending on the season. To this we can consider different choices such as coffee, homemade lemonades, water flavored with homemade mint much less sweet than in the store. Children can also enjoy fresh fruit juices in addition to flavored water.

Gifts 

Little surprises for the guests

For each child, a good approach is, for example, a small fabric bag with the choice of a notebook and some colored pencils and a nice eraser, playdough, small homemade cookies or a book . Avoid industrial sweets and gadget toys which may break quickly and therefore create unnecessary waste.

Otherwise, forget about them. It may sound like a shame, but most kids don’t care for more than 5 minutes.

You gave them a great birthday celebration and a great memory.

Gifts for your child

The challenge will be to find an alternative to gifts that generate too much waste but will please your child just as much.

If your guests want to give your child a gift, you can set up a prize pool . Invite everybody to participate in adding up to $5. This money will be used by the child to buy the gift or experience of their choice .

This alternative avoids the accumulation of superfluous toys and the accompanying packaging.

What we can remember

Make your child’s birthday, a moment of happiness while dramatically reducing your waste , it’s possible! You will have to change some of your habits but the alternatives are numerous and quite simple to set up: waste-free invitations, fun activities, reusable dishes and smart gifts. Everything is at your disposal to achieve a zero waste birthday.