Saturday, October 4, 2008
K has been back at school for a couple of months now and childrens party season is in full swing! She has two parties today, her own next weekend, and another two the weekend after. Phew!
I really struggle with the whole gift thing at their parties for my girls. Another child in K's class who is having a party has requested "no gifts", (well her parents did anyway), which I think is a great idea, and now I wish I had done the same for K.
I am however still being really careful to stick to my compacting pledge of buying locally made, or local store sold gifts. It isn't too hard because we have a lovely independently owned toy store just down the street and our Farmers Market has lovely hand made gifts as well.
I am having a MAJOR goody bag dilemma for K's party. Every year I feel the same way, resenting buying all those wasteful, plastic trinkets that get thrown away in landfills soon after. Bah humbug! This year I really want to do something different that is not as wasteful, and which goes along with my efforts to be greener.
I loved Midlife Midwife's party favor idea of each child getting to pull a real, homegrown carrot at her son's birthday recently! I also adore the party favors Leaner did for her daughters "tea" birthday party. Each child got to take home a unique, beautiful, salvaged tea cup and saucer. What a great idea! Alas, I don't have any viable carots, and I am afraid K's party is at the dreaded "Chuck E Cheese" which all kids love, and all parents don't. (I am really trying NOT to think of all the paper plate and cup wastage).
I have a vague idea of foregoing actual bags completely and tying a couple of packets of seeds together with some ribbon with a few candies attached??!! I am not sure how this will be received though by my daughter who positively adores the whole goody bag nightmare. I can just see her face now! Maybe I could MAKE some bags somehow, (like I have time), and still do the seeds and candy, and perhaps ONE wasteful trinket? Oh I don't know! Anyone have any ideas? It needs to be reasonably priced, as green as possible, and not too labor intensive. I don't want much do I! :)
Posted by Mo at 5:19 AM