Are you hosting a baby shower, which you'd like to be an eco-friendly celebration for an eco-savvy guest of honor? Or perhaps you'd like to help a dear friend turn over a new, green leaf for the sake of her bundle-to-be? We've got all the details on throwing a sustainable party for a green (or even not so green) mom-to-be that includes the delightful frills, 'oohs and aahs' while leaving a carbon footprint even tinier than that of the sweet little newborn on the way. Read on to get the scoop on planning a green baby shower including everything from keepsake invites and sweet decor to a no impact gift that will certainly top every expecting mama's list.
1. Mail Out Sustainable Invitations or Use Electronic Invites
Get off to a great, green start by sending sustainably designed baby shower invitations to guests. We think celebrants will get a ‘hoot’ out of these gorgeous, wooden owl invites made out of sustainably harvested yellow birch wood. Cards may be personalized with all of the details of the event, and recipients are sure to cherish them as keepsakes. Want to go an even deeper shade of green with your invitations? Opt for Botanical Paperworks cards which recipients may plant to grow wildflowers, or send invites out electronically to save resources, postage and carbon emissions from delivering them.
2. Request Green Presents or Gifts of Postpartum Time and Assistance
In a marketplace that’s increasingly rife with questionable baby products, help the expecting mother register for green presents at a local eco boutique, or with an online retailer specializing in non-toxic, organic baby wares. This will take the guesswork out of gift-giving, while ensuring that baby gets off to a healthy start in life. Re-visit our post: 10 Things You DON’T need to Buy for Your New Baby to know what you can do without. And we also suggest stylish organic layettes, heirloom quality gifts that may be passed down for generations, personalized gifts, as well as practical offerings.
No Impact Gift: In lieu of tangible gifts, consider collecting donations from party revelers to pay for the services of a postpartum doula who will offer vital support to the new mama when she needs it most. This is an especially thoughtful gift for a mother who is pregnant with her second child, who may already have all of the requisite baby essentials from her firstborn, and who will need all the extra help she can get caring for more than one child!
3. Get Creative with Gift Wrap, or Ditch Wrapping Paper Altogether
While baby shower-themed gift wrap and gift bags are certainly adorable, ditching disposable wrapping paper will really up the eco quotient of the festivities. Request that guests either bring gifts sans wrapping, or offer suggestions for creative packaging options such as using baby blankets or onesies to conceal presents, while also acting as gifts inherently. Besides, the diminutive nature of baby gifts makes them so sweet, that they don’t need to be sugar-coated or covered up!
4. Decorate with Reusable & Eco Decor
The great thing about decorating with reusable party decor is that it may be recycled over and over again for multiple baby showers and other types of celebrations, or the mom-to-be may take the party trimmings home with her as memorabilia or even nursery decor. We love the artful PopMat recycled paper placemats shown above, which will make your dining table look elegant and will also act as a conversation piece. We’re also fans of Green Planet Parties, which offers a delightful array of eco-friendly party decorations.
5. Serve Organic, Vegan Food
Let partygoers dig in to sumptuous vegan and organic food that is healthier for their bodies and the planet. We’re certain these delicious vegan almond cookies will be a hit at your event. Other tasty options include organic fruits and vegetables that may be used as ingredients for simple, refreshing salads, as well as blended into nutritious smoothies. Your guest of honor and her baby on the way will both thank you for fueling them up with this clean, tasty fare!