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A Pinkalicious Birthday Party

I am not really a “go all Pinterest crazy” birthday party kind of person. Our parties usually have a theme and I make a cake somewhat resembling that theme, we throw up a few balloons and call it a day. Shockingly, my kids think their parties are awesome. I know. It is hard to fathom.

But the hubby and I have a thing for silent auctions. So when we saw a silent auction for a party thrown at our kid’s favorite place on earth, the local library, we bid. And then guarded our bid for the rest of the event )threw a few evil eyes around. and occasional elbow). And we won.

This was like the score of the century. The library did the theme (with some input from me), the decorations, the food, the games, the crafts and the goody bags. It is like a lazy party planner’s DREAM! So I thought I would give you a little peak into what they came up with because I thought it was fabulous.

One of Hannah’s favorite books is Pinkalicious (and Purplicious and Silverlicious and Goldilicious ). So we landed on a Pinkalicious party. The decorations ran along the pink, fancy, cupcake, and did I mention pink theme.

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Gift bags and “guess how many jellybeans” in the jar game

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table with crayons to color during the pizza and pink lemonade lunch

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librarian “Miss Holly” reading Pinkalicious to a gaggle of little girls dressed in pink. oh and Silas.

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decorate your own princess crown. the girls also decorated a tooth fairy pillow

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decorate your own cupcake. there seemed to be no rules about how many things to put on your cupcake

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if you give a grandma a hula hoop…..

As you can see fun was had by all. And I mean all.

Glad challenged a few bloggers to throw a party with as little waste as possible. Since that is something I am already committed to, we attempted to take the “One Bag Challenge” for Hannah’s birthday party. To see if we could have a party with only one garbage bag full of trash. I say, bring it.

Here are a few of my personal tips to have less waste at your parties:

  • Save any gift bags and tissue paper and reuse for future gifts. I truly haven’t bought a gift bag in years. I have quite the stash going and every few years I throw them out at a garage sale and mark it for free.
  • Many recycling centers will let your recycle wrapping paper. So avoid throwing it in the trash.
  • I realize everyone feels as though they need to stuff a goody bag full of stuff for every kid to take home. But as a parent I hate the ones filled with all sorts of trinkets that will inevitably end up in the trash. The library provided goody bags but I was thrilled they contained a ring pop, bubbles and a tiny wand.
  • Make sure to recycle all the ridiculous packaging toys come in. I find almost everything can usually be recycled.

At the end of the party we had a tiny bit of garbage from some scraps of paper, a tiny bit of food (although with pizza and cupcakes on the menu, not a whole lot was left) and a few craft supplies that didn’t get used. I put everything to recycle in a gift bag and brought that all home.

Glad is committed to helping people recycle more and accumulate less trash. They also have developed a trash bag that uses less plastic, a bag made out of 65% recycled plastic and a bag for compostables. We try and not accumulate much trash around here, but I am happy to know when we do there are options to reduce its impact on the environment.

Do you have a summer party coming up that you could commit to the “One Bag Challenge”? Glad wants to send you a party pack including their trash bags and some biodegradable tableware (which I used Memorial Day weekend at a BBQ and loved). To enter, simply leave a comment letting me know what you do to reduce waste at your house. You can get an additional entry by leaving a comment letting me know you subscribe by email or RSS feed. (what are you waiting for?)

Contest ends Tuesday June 5th when the winner will be chosen at random. Best of luck!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Glad and received a One Bag kit to facilitate my review, a kit to give away, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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  1. I throw away water bottles without the caps on them. I had a professor once who told me that makes more room in landfills :)
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  3. I’ve been using more actual towels and fewer paper towels over the past few months. And we recycle, too!
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  4. Of course I subscribe. Also – I love, love, love that you had a birthday party in the library!
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  5. Gracie says:

    You are correct! Just keep it simple. You don’t have to really give an explanation at all, other than saying, “I would have loved to have my son attend the party, unfortunately, he won’t be able to. Thanks for inviting him, I’m sure he would’ve enjoyed it.” If you’d like you can add something like, “Perhaps the boys can get together for a play date sometime.”
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  6. We recycle everything at our house and compost our kitchen waste for our garden!

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  8. We use dish cloths for dirty faces and fingers instead of paper towels, we only use disposable tableware away from home, and the kids love recycling because they get to run in and out of the house. I keep a box under the bar and toss things in. Once it starts to fill we can take the items out to the big recycling bin. The biggest way we cut down on trash is–we don’t buy a lot. Nothing to throw away that way!
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  9. Lori S says:

    I recycle everything I possible can. I also use towels instead of paper towels through out the house.

    Thanks!

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  11. Kacee Hoffman says:

    we recycle everything

  12. Cynthia Hughes says:

    I always put fruit & veggie scraps in our yard waste bins.

  13. Cynthia Hughes says:

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  14. A party? At the library? That would be heaven for my kids!! So much fun!

    As for how we try to be non-wasters… We do all sorts of things, the craziest {for other people} is that we don’t own any paper towels. We use only cloth towels for every thing {from dish washing/drying, to napkins}.
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  15. jessica says:

    we recycle as much as possible and generally end up with less than one bag of trash per week for our family of four. We also wash out containers (like cool whip) and repurpose them to hold crayons, sidewalk chalk etc.

  16. And I subscribe. :)

  17. I had no idea the library hosted parties…fun! :) We just threw our 6 year old a Lemonade Mouth party…coming up in July is a camping theme for my soon to be 8 year old! I’d love a prize pack.

    My son is kind of crazy about recycling, so we do a lot [see his blog here http://c-recycle.blogspot.com/%5D to reduce waste, including recycling of paper, plastic, aluminum, glass, plastic baggies of course, and more. I am working with the lunch crew on starting a juice box recycling brigade at our school next year, and am hoping to sponsor a reusable baggie fundraiser as well [if I can get the right people on board].

    • The library party was just part of the auction. But we tried to convince them to keep doing them because I would have paid a lot more to not have to do anything :)

  18. I’m a subscriber :)

  19. We’re having a Pinkalicious Baby Shower soon, so this was fun to see. And I, like Stephanie, didn’t know the library did these parties!

    What a neat challenge to have a one-bag party. That is going into the great idea file!

    • technically they don’t. It was just part of the auction. But we tried to convince them to keep doing them because I would have paid a lot more to not have to do anything :)

  20. We do the same thing with gift bags. I have enough for the next century.

  21. Christie says:

    I just quit buying paper towels about a year ago. Don’t really miss them.

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  23. Christi says:

    We did a Pinkalicious tea party for the 5 girls in my daughter’s kindergarten class, and they loved it! Instead of goodie bags each girl got a homemade pink tutu that was super easy to make with the crochet headband ribbon with tulle ribbon looped through. Very little waste because we had watermelon, chicken fries, graham crackers with pink frosting and pink cupcakes and some honeydew melon later so none of them turned pink. No games – just read the book, played with our toys and took a walk outside.

    At our house, I’ve started to work on making a lot more of our food from scratch which really cuts down on waste.

  24. Kristen says:

    We stuff our recycle bin each week. We also use reusable bags at the grocery store and also save/reuse ribbon and gift bags. Milk caps and plastic bags go to daycare because they are always asking for them.

  25. Kristen says:

    I subscribe to email.

  26. My daughter’s 6th birthday is in August and we are definitely going to do the 1 bag challenge. (In fact, we typically only use one 13gal kitchen bag for all our garbage each week already.) We reuse gift bags and even tissue paper for gifts. We rinse and reuse ziploc bags (esp when it only held sandwich/chips type food). We use homemade clothe napkins (from old 5K t-shirts). We use reusable bags at the grocery store. We recycle all we can. I am constantly reminding/brainwashing my kids about the importance of not wasting food/paper/gas… i love all this stuff! :)

  27. I recycle whatever I can and I do not buy paper towels– rags work just fine and produce less waste!

  28. Carmen says:

    I’ve never understood why we have to send goodie bags home with the kids. As you said, most of it is junk. I’d rather send them home with memories – making individual pizzas, decorating cookies or cupcakes, making a mess outside (water, paints, etc). I’ll probably buy paper plates, but we always wash/reuse plastic utensils or use “real” ones. Drinks might be in paper cups too, but that’s so I don’t buy cans of soda that are less than 1/2-used.