Environmental Theme Party Ideas

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Environmental theme parties use eco-friendly materials for decorations, dishware and games. From recycled utensils to online Evites replacing paper invitations, the goal of an environmental theme party is to reduce waste. Earth-friendly games such as nature scavenger hunts, pin the fish on the ocean and book trades fit in with the theme at these parties. Many companies now offer environmentally friendly lines of party products to reduce party waste, as well.

Decor and Food

  • Top Party Ideas offers suggestions for environmental theme parties including paper-free invitations or Evites, eco-friendly utensils and dishware, decorations such as living plants, and green party favors and games. The Nature Moms Blog gives instructions for invitations made of homemade flower-seeded paper, so guests can later add them to gardens. Epicurious recommends serving organic and local foods to keep with the environmental theme.

Games and Activities

  • Progressive Kid has a list of planet-friendly games and party activities including Pin the Fish on the Ocean and Follow the Track. Other suggestions on this site include group hikes, bird watching and planting trees. Top Party Ideas suggests environmental-themed games such as a nature scavenger hunt, building fairy and leprechaun houses from twigs and classic games, such as tug of war and potato-sack races, which do not create waste. Kaboose offers Earth Day crafts which would be appropriate for any environmental theme party. Crafts on this site include an egg-carton mobile, tin-can herb pots, a string-covered vase, soda-bottle terrariums, milk-carton bird feeders, homemade coffee-ground "fossils," ladybug rocks, bean-bag buddies, and bracelets made out of old toothbrushes. Epicurious suggests making a piñata out of a leaf-covered balloon and filling it with eco-friendly gifts for party guests. Nature Moms Blog encourages guests to bring wood or cloth toy presents for children's birthday parties; the site also suggests using recycled wrapping paper. Many green party hosts ask guests to bring books they no longer read for book trades or donation to the local library.

Suppliers

  • Green Planet Parties offers cloth goodie bags, felt crowns and felt birthday garlands. Green Party Goods offers "planet friendly products for any celebration." They sell eco-friendly utensils and dishware, along with environmentally sound tablecloths, napkins, recycled party favors, goodie bags and decorations. Happy Green Earth is another company that caters to environmental theme parties, with Earth-friendly party tableware, wrapping paper and cards, party favors and goodie bags. Preserve Products offers two types of recycled plastic dishware for parties, as well.

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