Monday, February 4, 2013

Kids Plastic Free Party Bags


My precious little boy just turned nine and as each birthday roles on I delight in getting to work on green friendly party bags. I feel the deep connection to making his birthdays and celebrations enriching and memorable, however with this very thing come so many choices to keep it as green as possible. Making sure the party bags are fun, entertaining and something the child can go home and enjoy can be quite easy. I try to keep it joyous and suitable to their ages but also want to make the small gifts within friendly to environment and once the novelty of them wears off I know I have given something that does not cause more waste but allows the child to learn and grow with.



With my three year old girl we got to stamping some recycled paper with nature stamps, then some small envelopes were made and in there we added snow peas and shelling peas to plant within small biodegradable pots, ready for Autumn.

I can only hope this both captivates and encourages the child (and family) to grow food and love the whole process involved.




For the small sweet edition I used some natural confectionery wrapped in some scrap material. This material was left over and instead of waste it has been beautifully re-used.


I bagged these in some biodegradable brown bags and pegged them up. The pegs are great for their games, for painting and pinning up cubby houses. So simple and so green friendly.

12 comments:

  1. Some great ideas! I have such an aversion to party bags full of sweeties - for my son's birthday we made balls of play-dough for everyone, and then I completely forgot to hand them out! xK

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    1. Oh I am with you and this year had to swallow a lot of my dreads by allowing a few lollies into a bag. Usually I insist but yet also agreed that four lollies per bag will not hurt and my little man was over the moon for the huge treat that it was.

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  2. I love this post, almost as much as i love the challenge to think of easy, fun and eco Birthday parties. Thanks for these little ideas, love the idea of putting pegs in, so awesome. xx

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    1. Aw thanks again for your warmth and encouragement. In the past we have made small fairy garden on plant saucers, cookie cutting kits, playdough and so many other things. I will have to get them here one day. Thanks again xx

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  3. These look great Amber so much nicer than plastic bags filled with plastic toys. My daughter just turned 9 and we were going to have a gardening party and I thought they could paint a pot and take it home with seeds as a gift, easy and much more environmentally friendly. We or should I say I thought we might wait till next year now when she turns the big 10. I hope everyone enjoyed the party. x

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    1. Oh I love that idea and yes that is so inspirational to get the child involved...love it. xx

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  4. I love these. I have always used paper bags and used to get away with filling them with healthy treats, but they have grown a bit heavier on the (natural) lollies as my boys have grown. Some great ideas here for me to tuck away for the next party! x

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    1. Yes it does get a little harder as they get older and this year I was a little time poor to make the treats. However this made my little boy and friends super excited. Thanks for your feedback xx

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  5. I love your ideas. My wee man turns 4 next week. I have bought brown paper bags for the take home gifts and have been wondering what to put in them. I think I will put seedlings in a a pot. Thank you for sharing! xo

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  6. Beautiful party bags Amber :) I love the idea of the peas x

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  7. Love, love, love the idea of the peas. My son turns 3 next month and I too have been looking for an eco-friendly option. I picked up some muslin bags, colored pencils made with recycled newspaper, tiny notebooks and stencils. I was hoping for something that wasn't immediately headed for the trashcan. I'll probably include an organic lollipop too. But those peas - what a great idea! Peas for Spring :)

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