We just celebrated my little on turning three a few months ago. How time has flown by! She keeps us on our toes. So sweet, opinionated, friendly, inquisitive, and hilarious.
Her birthday is meaningful to me because I love getting to celebrate her growth, and the anniversary of my foray into motherhood.
As a minimalist, I am always thinking about how to keep things simple, cost effective, and environmentally friendly.
Here are some ways I incorporate these values into party planning:
- Plan ahead- save yourself the stress rushing, and anxiety that party planning sometimes comes with.
- Avoid plastics, I used compostable plates, cups, and cutlery as needed. Better yet! Use eating utensils that you can wash and reuse.
- Think small
- Support local businesses. When I have outsourced our baked goods, I hire local small business women. This year, we purchased fresh fruits and veggies from the farmers market and the meat came from a local sustainable beef farm. The tortillas came from our local tortilleria.
- Have a potluck if you can.
- Write lists to stay organized.
- Borrow if you don’t have it. I borrow large drink dispensers for the lemonade from close friends every year. We only use them this one time a year , and we all love to share.
- Delegate if you can to save fuel. My sister in law who was driving from the east side of town stopped to grab my tortilla’s on her way to our house so that they were fresh and I didn’t have to make an extra trip.
- Ask for no gifts if you need nothing, or ask patrons to make a donation to the child’s education fund. I also ask friends to visit a locally owned toy store as opposed to heading to a big box store if they feel inclined to get a gift.
- Ditch the wrapping paper (we used play-silks that we will reuse each year) or reuse the same wrapping paper until it falls apart.
- We typically don’t do party favors, but this year I did get the kids dance ribbons to play with in our backyard and take home with them.
- Take advantage of your local parks. Find one that’s fun to play in, age appropriate, has shade, good seating, and have your party there! Its free, nature is amazing for children to play in, and its supporting local parks which I am all about.
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