Birthday party

9 ways to Green Your Birthday party

Whether you're planning a simple dinner get-together or an extravagant bash for a significant birthday milestone, you can reduce your party footprint with these tips.

  1. Bake an eco-friendly cake

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    Who wants cake? Chocolate, carrot, or lemon...no matter what kind of cake prompts you to salivate and lunge for a fork, there are green options for you.

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  2. Choose eco-friendly candles

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    Light up your eco-friendly cake or add ambiance to your intimate birthday meal with sustainable candles made of soy, palm oil, or beeswax.

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  3. Serve eco-friendly food

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    What's a party without an edible spread? Keep guests happy and healthy by enjoying green grub, slurping on green beverages, and satisfying sweet teeth with decadent, eco-treats.

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  4. Choose green event activities

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    Green-up your next event by choosing an eco-friendly venue and earth-sensitive activities that'll have your guests and the earth laughing with good green fun.

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  5. Choose environmentally friendly gifts

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    Want to receive heaps of praise for your green gift-giving abilities? Find inspiration here with gift ideas and a green buying guide suitable for every occasion.

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  6. Choose eco-friendly decorations and party favors

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    Give your eco-friendly party space a distinct green sheen with these simple, sustainable solutions. Then send your guests home with favors that'll keep earthly-consequences to a minimum.

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  7. Choose eco-friendly dinnerware over paper plates and plastic cups

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    Keep disposable plates, cutlery, and cups made of plastic, paper, or Styrofoam out of landfills. Reusable, recycled, or recyclable options all save energy and reduce your event's toxic waste.

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  8. Hire a green limo or car service

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    Get the birthday girl or boy to their special party with one of these energy-efficient personal delivery services. They're stylish, and low-emissions, too.

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  9. Send e-cards

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    Send happy greetings using electrons, not paper. You can also choose to gather the gang with super-convenient, inexpensive paper-free invitations and party planning tools.

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Comments

09/02/2008
4:10pm
greengoddess

Don't throw out the wrapping paper or ribbon! If you don't think you'll re-use it, ask guests if they would like it -- chances are high that someone will be thrilled to have your castoffs.

10/04/2008
10:21am
yisskah

I have created a Green Birthday Party Planner to help busy parents have a low stress party that's simple and eco friendly.

http://www.hoisingtonbooks.com/Green_Birthday_Party.html

10/06/2008
12:05pm
bubblegumgirl

Yisskah, these are great ideas. Really comprehensive Thanks for sharing!

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