Our Eco Birthday Party

Eco Birthday Parties

Look at this beautiful birthday party table! This past weekend, Nature Mom threw a birthday party for her daughter. She worked to lower impact for every aspect of the party. Read the story of her daughter’s green birthday party celebration.

Having just wrapped up an eco birthday party for my six year old, I’m excited to share our green birthday party celebration. By making more environmentally friendly choices at your next birthday party you’ll be passing on an important message to your children and the families that participate in your special day. You’ll likely even find that you can save money in the process! I hope our day will help inspire some creative, earth-friendly green party ideas, and you’ll learn how fun and rewarding being green really can be.

Walk your talk and save money. That’s a good start.


Read the full article and see photos of Nature Mom’s eco birthday party.

My Rules of the Eco-friendly Loot Bag

Child with birthday party loot bag

Has your child ever come home from a birthday party with a bag of candy and throwaway plastic toys? Is there really anyone who can say “No!” to that? I’ve even seen myself give out party gifts that make me groan and feel more determined than ever to improve the loot bag with each passing year. Every time I throw a children’s party, I manage to get a little closer to the ideal of a low-impact loot bag.

First Rule of the Eco-friendly Loot Bag

It you are actually going to include a bag, make it a reusable bag—and not just any reusable bag. Make it a bag a child will want to reuse. Try a purse or a snack bag.

Reusable Goodie Bag for children

Small but Lasting

Rather than a throwaway party favor that lasts no longer than the ride home, make your child’s party loot a lasting toy or treasure.

My children recently purged their rooms of fast-food toys, Christmas stocking stuffers, Scholastic sale items, and other little pieces of pointless plastic. (I know. Horror.) Their rejected pile of tiny toys was surprisingly huge. None of these items entered the long-term play stream. I’m glad to see them go, but what a waste. Don’t contribute to this!

Loot bags can get expensive. It’s much better to give one great gift than to pile up many little things that will never be touched or considered again except when they are finally thrown out. Most of the loot bag gifts at bynature.ca Celebrations department are under $10.

Wooden Mite Sports Car

Buy Sets

If you want to include a variety in each bag while keeping the cost low, buy sets of crayons or pencils or clay then break up the set with one item per bag.

Colorful Aromatherapy Play Clay

Follow the Party Theme

The gift will be more memorable if it is tied to the theme of the party. If your daughter has a fairy party, a fairy wand will remind guests of playing with their friends. If your son has an art party, taking home the art supplies will give guests many more hours of fun remembering their party projects.

Girls playing with fairy wand streamers

Activity As Gift

Sometimes, the activities can create the gifts. With a Wooden Truck Kit or Wooden Bug Kit, the toy a guest makes is the gift to take home. You could do the same with an All Natural Lip Balm Making Kit.

Make Your Own toy truck

What do you do for birthday party loot bags?

I’m so excited for a month of eco-parties. We will cover this theme from many angles this month. If you have questions about eco-parties or stories of what you have done to lower the impact of your child’s parties, please share.

Holiday Lights

Holiday candle and lights

I love the lights of the holiday season. There is something stirring about twinkling lights on cold nights. No matter which holiday people celebrate, the midwinter holidays are celebrations of light, and I enjoy seeing everyone’s candles, fairy lights, luminarias, and bonfires.

Whichever holiday you celebrate, bynature.ca and I wish you a happy holiday.

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Celebrations of Light

Diwali lampsDuring this midwinter season, many cultures light the darkness with festivals of light, religious celebrations, new year celebrations, and parties and gatherings of all kinds. Some of these celebrations have deep, deep roots, while others are new, soon-to-be traditions not even a generation long.

As an example of a festival of lights on the move, I have noticed that the tradition of lighting luminarias, candles in paper bags or other containers, has spread to my area recently. One of my uncles, an extremely nice man but not someone I would expect to be embracing multi-cultural celebrations, has spent Christmas Eve the last several years lighting candles in jars and setting one on each grave in the cemetery of his very small town.

The specifics of each celebration can be moving, but I love the beautiful flow of love, happiness, and connection between them all. In the ebb and flow of the year, the celebrations provide such a reliable lightness in the middle of the darkness.

Nature Mom lives in the country. On a night just before Christmas, she and her neighbors light a bonfire, bring potluck dishes, and share a lot of hot chocolate and mashmallows. Celebrations and traditions build within families, neighborhoods, and cultures.

Some have been, are, or will be lighting a Yule log for Thor, tending the fire through the long solstice night, lighting a menorah during Hanukkah, lighting Diwali lamps, or just setting off fireworks for the new year.

If you are up tonight awaiting the rebirth of a sun god or just preparing a list of Festivus grievances to take advantage of insomnia, I wish love and light for you and your family.

Create your own community celebration with luminaries

Simple luminarias common across the U.S. southwest are made with just a paper bag, an inch or so of sand in the bottom, and a lit votive candle set in the sand. Children can help with these if supervised. Luminarias can line a path, be set in a pattern, or just be a few flames to illuminate the night.

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