Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
Published August 9th 2013
Celebrating shouldn't cost the Earth
Anyone who has organised a child's birthday party will know how much it can cost, and what a huge toll on the environment the rubbish accumulated to entertain a few kids for a couple of hours can make.
It doesn't have to be that way, with a little planning and some creative thinking.
First up, I have to talk cups and plates. For $1.99, you can get 6 plastic cups, plates or bowls. We purchased roughly 30 cups about twelve years ago, and they still come out for parties and picnics, and are still brightly coloured. So while the initial outlay may be more than getting a few paper plates, over time, and multiple kids, it won't take long to recoup your investment. They are also machine washable, so no work to clean either.
IKEA also has paper napkins if you do want them - $2.49 for 50 cocktail size or $2.99 for 30 larger patterned serviettes.
Instead of balloons, consider some festive lights - during the day they can be hung like bunting, as the plastic is a deep colour, but the bonus is you have some festive lights for evening gatherings. Why should kids get all the parties? These solar lights are $19.99. There are also paper lanterns that would work as decorations too.
If you are having a backyard party for the little ones, consider this tent as both the gift and the entertainment. For $29.99, any toddler would be thrilled to receive it, and you'd be amazed how much fun they can have trying to all cram in at the party.
Ikea also has the food covered. They have chips, or the slightly healthier ice blocks and you can even make the lollybags straight from the pick and mix section. If you're having a piņata, there are wrapped lollies too. Ikea even sells ziplock bags if you want to use them for the lollybags.