Celebrating your little eco-warrior’s birthday is such a special time! And our green team is here to help moms and dads keep those special celebrations as green as possible. We’ve put together a collection of green-minded (and fun) decorations, gifts, games, toys and goodies to enjoy with your child and their guests. Enjoy!
Skip the disposable streamers and balloons, and get creative with eco-friendly décor ideas. Your kids can get involved in making the party decorations too. Here are a few nifty ideas:
- Make paper chains from scrap paper, or patchwork bunting from fabric scraps
- Plant succulents & cacti in glass jars or bottles, decorated with pretty bows
- Pick bunches of fresh flowers straight from your garden
- Collect pinecones & pebbles on a nature walk; paint them with funky, colourful non-toxic paints
- Make your own clementine candles
FAB FUN & GAMES
You’ll have almost as much fun whipping up natural goodies like blowing bubbles and play-doh as your kids will have playing with them!
Make Your Own Bubble Mix
- 2 cups liquid castile soap
- 1/2 cup sugar or corn syrup
- 5 cups lukewarm water
- Pour the castile soap & water into a reusable plastic container or mason jar.
- Add the sugar or corn syrup, which will act as a thickener.
- Put the lid on the container & shake until completely mixed.
- Make this mixture the night before the party & let it sit overnight; this will give you bigger, better bubbles.
- You can use ordinary bubble wands from your local toy shop, or make your own magic bubble wands easily with bamboo and string.
Make Your Own Edible Play-doh
- 1 cup gluten-free flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 cup filtered water
- 2Tbsp olive oil
- 1tsp aluminium-free baking powder
- 1 beetroot (red/ pink colouring)
- 2tsp turmeric (yellow colouring)
- Handful of spinach (green colouring)
- Handful of blueberries (blue colouring)
- Handful of raspberries (red/ purple colouring)
- Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt & oil in a saucepan, then slowly add the water.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring until the dough becomes stiff. Put the dough onto a sheet of wax paper to cool.
- Knead the dough with your hands until it feels just right for playtime.
- To make the colouring, simply boil each fruit, vegetable or spice separately in 1 cup of water. Then sieve the coloured water several times.
- Divide the dough into balls & add a few drops of the juices to make your different colours.
Tuck into some yummy birthday treats without the fear of a sugar-rush. There are so many ways to combine fun treats with healthy nutrition. Here are just a few examples from the treasure-trove available:
Cinnamon Cocoa Popcorn
A sweet gourmet popcorn with a hint of spice – kids will love it!
- 4Tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1tsp sea salt
- 3Tbsp coconut sugar
- 2tsp ground cinnamon
- 1tsp vanilla powder (optional)
- 2tsp cocoa powder
- ½cup organic popcorn kernels
- 4Tbsp coconut oil for cooking
- Stir together the melted coconut oil, salt, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon & cocoa powder in a bowl. Set aside.
- Pop your popcorn on the stove, in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid. (Tip: Shake the pot so the popcorn doesn’t stick or burn.)
- Once the popcorn is popped, pour it into the bowl with the cinnamon-cocoa mixture. Toss, serve & enjoy!
Fruit & Cheese Kebabs
- 3oz. gouda and/ or cheddar cheese
- I cup fresh strawberries
- 1 cup grapes
- 2 pears, sliced
- Half an apple or melon
- Wooden kebab sticks
- Small cookie cutters
- Slice the fruit into half-inch pieces. Place each fruit in a separate bowl.
- Cut the cheese into thick pieces. Use your cookie cutters to cut the pieces into cute, fun shapes – stars, hearts, flowers! Place the cheese shapes in another bowl.
- Carefully thread the fruit and cheese pieces onto each skewer. Older kids can assemble their own unique kebabs, but younger tots will need supervision. (Tip: To serve, cover the pointy end of each skewer with a piece of apple.)
Dairy Free Choc-Chip Cookie Dough Party Popsicles
Perfect for summer parties!
- 1 can coconut milk
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 1Tbsp pure vanilla extract
- A generous pinch of salt
- ½ cup dairy-free carob chips
- Heat the milks, coconut sugar & salt in a small saucepan; cook over a low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, leave to cool for a bit, then stir in the vanilla.
- Add a helping of carob chips to the bottom of each popsicle mould (use about half the chips). Fill the moulds with your “dough”, leaving a little space at the top of each one.
- Freeze the popsicles for 1-2 hours, until they’re partially frozen. Remove them from the freezer, then sprinkle more carob chips into the dough in each mould. Insert the popsicle sticks & freeze again until the popsicles are totally solid.
- Tip: To catch spills and drips, place a paper cupcake case onto each popsicle stick, just beneath the popsicle. Nifty huh?
This is so simple and healthy but so cute.
- Take a bag of tangerines (or naartjies), place each one vertically and using a small knife, carefully remove the peel from the sides, leaving a strip across the middle.
- Using a small knife or scissors, remove a section of the peel around the middle of the fruit.
- Bend back each side of the remaining peel just a little bit, creating a “head” end and a “tail” end.
- Use scissors to trim the head end & give the snail a pair of antennae. Use a non-toxic magic marker to draw on a smiley face. Adorable!
GROOVY GOODIE BAGS
Make sure your guests leave the party with a stash of healthy treats!
Here are our top take-home party pack picks:
- Ice Tea: Fresh and fruity, caffeine-free and made with real organic rooibos extract.
- Sparx Sugar-Free Berry Candies: These tasty colourful treats are sweetened with xylitol and enriched with calcium for healthy teeth.
- Nakd Berry Delight Bar: really yummy chewy cereal bar with a satisfying crunch.
- EarthJoy Organic Raw Chocolate Macaroons: These goodies are 100% raw, vegan and gluten-free – but deceptively delicious.
Pssstt… Instead of disposable plastic baggies, why not package your party pack in a hand-stamped brown paper bag; a hessian bag; a cardboard gift box OR even a reusable glass cookie jar? Get creative!
GORGEOUS GREEN GIFTS
More Green Tips for Eco Alternatives
To keep things really green at your little one’s next party, here are a few key things you should skip:
- Balloons: Paper lanterns are a much more eco-friendly alternative, whether you buy or DIY.
- Plastic drinking straws: Choose biodegradable paper straws instead (or make your own!)
- Single-use plastic party bags: Decorate your own cute and creative paper bags.
- Single-use paper cups & plates: Check out our super-cute reusable natural tableware for kids.
- Wrapping paper: Instead of spending money on expensive single-use wrapping paper, make your own personalised gift-wrap, decorated specially for your little one. (Or buy eco-friendly wrapping paper online.)
Got any more ideas or tips? Share your green kiddies party secrets with us!