My birthday is coming up and I’ve begun planning. Keeping my new zero waste lifestyle in mind, I’ve got some ideas to revamp the normal festivities.
Here Are Some Ideas:
- Facebook Events and E-Invitations. I already set this up. Obviously, this saves both paper waste and money. I used Facebook’s event feature to inform my friends and family on Facebook. Not everyone uses Facebook, however, and I sent my other friends digital invitations through punchbowl.com (which also has an app). I was very impressed with the variety of free choices they had.
- Re-thinking Gifting. I put in my invitations that their “presence is my present” and that they should feel free to leave gifting behind. However, not everyone feels comfortable with this. So I added that if they felt more comfortable getting me a gift that they should check out my well-curated Amazon wish list. It doesn’t hurt to add that you’re interested in zero waste or minimalism.
- Wrapping Paper. My husband will wrap his gift for me in cloth to introduce the idea. But he’ll only bring it out if others choose to bring gifts. I will save as much wrapping paper as I can.
- Decorations. We will keep decorations minimal. We have a “Happy Birthday” streamer we use every birthday and balloons at the door to guide guests. The party will be outside in our garden in June. No decorations necessary.
- Food. This is easy, we grill or we roast over our firepit and use our home’s dishes. No disposables necessary. We’ll make my awesome vegan chocolate cake and make Ba-Nice Cream on the spot to order. Guests love to choose vanilla, chocolate, berry, or green tea flavors.
- Activities. We’ll have a home-made costume contest, outdoor games, musical instruments and so on that don’t rely on single use mentality. I might have prizes or guest gifts that support zero waste living – such as cute hankies or cloth napkins. I haven’t decided yet.
How About You?
This is the plan so far. I would love to hear if you have any tips on zero waste parties. There’s still time to make changes! Let me know what you would do in the comments below.
A Year Later…
The electronic invitations via Facebook and Punchbowl worked out well. I’d do this again.
The presents, not so much. It was actually a little awkward as some people brought things and some people didn’t (they took me at my word). One person felt bad about it and came with a present on another day. Not what I was going for as a hostess! Maybe this year I will ask for consumables, like flowers, that I can also use as decorations. Wine would be a good idea if I weren’t pregnant, or chocolate. Though this is sounding a little on the romantic side, so maybe I would be more careful with the list. 🙂
Maybe this year, since I am pregnant and I should also know the gender, I might ask for baby things and provide an Amazon registry well in advance of the party.
I need to layout all the plates and cups in handy reach and maybe use a washable marker to help with re-use of dishes. I could definitely up my game on the presentation of the spread.
No one seemed to want to bother with the Ba-Nice cream. I’m not sure if they didn’t want to put me out or if it wasn’t appealing.
Until next time, keep that talk walking!