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Happy 4th Eco Birthday!!

Talia is 4! I love throwing a good party packed with good eats, tons of friends and even some treats…eco style. This year was no different. Top 5 Tips to Throw an Eco Friendly Birthday Party 5. Rethink Gifts This is harder on your guests than it is on your little ones, especially at 4 years old when she hasn’t been to enough birthday parties to witness the gift giving tradition. Work with your kids to decide if they would like to collect donations, completely omit a present or maybe you can buy them a great gift so they are fulfilled and don’t require anything further. 4. Trash the Disposables Regardless of the material disposable party supplies (plates, cups, utensils, decorations, etc.) are such a burden on our landfills. Use your regular plates, bowls, cups and utensils. Try making some really unique birthday decoration pieces that you can reuse for each party. 3. Make the Food buying a large premade veggie tray from the grocery store is not only way more expensive than doing it yourself but chances are that the grocery store is not picking the best produce to throw on the tray. How about the birthday cake? I love using organic ingredients in the kids birthday cakes and finding great recipes that don’t call for excessive amounts of sugar. 2. Rethink the Loot Bag My favorite loot bag at one of our shindigs was the homemade playdough in Wean Cubes. My second was the first year when we painted planters and planted plants. Last year was fun when we decorated our bird feeders (ours are still bringing birds to the yard). This year I did gift cards. Ha, not exactly my most creative moment but it got the job done with no lead filled dollar store toys. 1. Offer Healthy Food This year I cheated and used the new weelicious cookbook. The table was filled with all gluten free homemade snacks and niblets including taquitos, chicken fingers, dips, veggies, fruit and more! Check out her first, second and third eco birthdays for more ideas. 

Happy 2nd Eco Birthday!!

Our youngest Weaner is 2 today!! Huge Happy Birthday Baby Girl! If you are a real fan you would have read last year’s post, The Eco-Friendly Birthday. JK! This year’s birthday was a far cry from last years!  We had planned on doing an Enchanted Forest celebration outside and set up some camping tents with different stuffed animals BUT Mother Nature had a different plan for us! It was a mere 6 degrees celcius this weekend which forced  inside! I found it a lot more difficult to stick to the eco theme inside!! Here is how I bluffed my way through her second eco-birthday! Invitations: Once again I used the powerful force of www.evite.com! And once again I used a Tiny Tillia template, I absolutely LOVE those designs!! Check out the one I used (remember it was supposed to be an OUTDOOR party:) http://www.evite.com/app/invitations/create/event.do?template=dstillia_outdoorparty Don’t like evites? Try using plantable paper (like our inserts in a pack of Wean Cubes). I get the paper from a Canadian company, http://www.botanicalpaperworks.com/. They have AMAZING service and grow some awesome flowers. Activitues: I had planned on teaching the weaner’s how to play a couple different games but they did not need my help at all!! There was plenty to do and they had a blast chasing the cat, dancing around, singing, screaming, and did I mention screaming? Food & Decorations: The menu was rather abundant this year!!  We had everything from cheese and crackers to beef on a bun.  With all the food I was a bit concerned that the little weaners wouldn’t eat their veggies so I decided it would be best to make a little village of vegetable people. The vegetable people were great! I even shared a couple with the kids. Check out the tablecloth under the food, I had made sewn that for last year’s party and this was its 3rd appearance! It is such a great room decoration, there is really no need for anything else when you have a really bright crazy tablecloth! The cake is really my favorite part of any party.  This year the choice seemed so obvious as to what I was going to make.  Monkey for the monkey. She’s 2, need I say more? Loot Bag: Wean Cubes filled with the home made modelling dough (and one Wean Cube of Smarties, sorry mamas!) Check out the recipe for the modeling dough http://blog.weangreen.com/recipe-of-the-week-modelling-dough/ Presents: Same as last year. What?! You didn’t read that one:) I asked that everyone bring a donation to the CIBC Run for the Cure that Team Wean Green participates in. The girls each raise their own money and then participate in the run with us.  The smallest weaner has it a bit easy as she is comfortably seated atop three large wheels, next year we will let her run it! She did great and raised over $100 at her birthday party!! Huge thanks for the donations everyone! Did Mommy Cry: Although I had a blast, this picture sums up my day, […]