Aurora is one year old now! I can hardly believe it! I thought I had better post about her birthday party because I remember when I was doing a lot of talks at schools and community centres, birthday parties were a big concern. So here’s what we did:
We had a potluck and used real dishes.
We asked people not to bring packaging so gifts came in cloth or reusable paper bags.
OK so tin foil is not really garbage free, but we do use ours over and over, so I hoped other people would do the same. It’s also good for crafts. Ooooo shiny.
We immediately recycled the Conservative Party sign that someone mysteriously tied to our porch during the party.
I “made” Aurora a growth chart- no packaging at all. I say “made” because it’s actually still not done due to a series of sewing machine malfunctions, but it will be soon. I’ll try to post pictures of it and the loot bags.
We bought beeswax candles at Grass Roots, instead of using paraffin.
Oh and when I was shopping for loot bag toys, I saw party hats made out of felt- very cool idea, but most 1 year olds don’t really like wearing hats so I decided against it. It would be fun for the adults but not the children.
I must confess that we are not perfect and we ran out last minute to buy chips and salsa. Also, Aurora had another gift from us, a Casio keyboard, which did come with 2 pieces of Styrofoam. Gah! Don’t worry, I ate the styrofoam so at least it will be kept away from landfill until I die;)