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.
Gift bags and “guess how many jellybeans” in the jar game
table with crayons to color during the pizza and pink lemonade lunch
librarian “Miss Holly” reading Pinkalicious to a gaggle of little girls dressed in pink. oh and Silas.
decorate your own princess crown. the girls also decorated a tooth fairy pillow
decorate your own cupcake. there seemed to be no rules about how many things to put on your cupcake
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.