Entertaining on Earth Day

Entertaining on Earth Day

Entertaining on Earth Day

Eco-Friendly Party Planning, Ideas, and Supplies

by Paige Minteer 

Mark your calendars for April 22, 2017

Earth Day

Go Green! Earth Day is approaching, and what a wonderful excuse to throw a green-themed soiree! The key to an Earth Day party is making each element as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible!  Use environmentally friendly invitations, party decor, and party favors. Even create your menu using fresh, local, organic ingredients.

Earth Day Invitations and Stamps

To celebrate the earth you should use 100% recycled invitations.  Those from Paper Culture are not only made from recycled materials, but a tree is planted for every order!

Some of the cutest finds are below:

   

The grass is always greener eco-friendly party invitation        Every day is earth day invitations

Eco Friendly Earth Day Invitation | Save the Planet Invitation | Eco Friendly Earth Day Party Invitation | Every day is Earth Day

Don't forget the stamp!

Think Green postage stampsWind Power zazzle_stamp      Green Geckos Stamps Tree with branches surrounding planet earth postage

Wind Power | Green Geckos | Tree with branches surrounding planet earth

Another Option is to utilize e-vites, or email invitations.  These can be personalized and quite cute, and you save the paper.    PurpleTrail.com has many especially cute designs, like the ones pictured below.

Earth Day Invitations and Cards

Earth Day Collection

For an Earth Day party, keeping colors natural is best.  For spring, to keep the theme seasonally current, use light green and dusty brown.  Using “Lime Classic,” like pictured below, is a great way to add a fun color element.  Contrast this bright with accents in burlap, wood, and bamboo to add both balance and texture.

Setting an Eco-Friendly Table

Burlap

Great as table runners, placemats, or cut into strips to create chic, stylish, eco-friendly napkin rings!

Burlap by the yard   Natural Burlap Favor Pouches

Burlap 20 Yards |  Burlap by the Yard | Natural Burlap Favor Pouches

This is a fabulous deal -$2.75 buys you a 36″ x 46″ piece of burlap in just about any color you can imagine. Simply cut it into 12″ x 12″ squares for placemats

For place settings, try to avoid using disposable, to reduce the amount of garbage created by your party.  Instead consider investing in eco friendly dinnerware you can use year round.

Eco-Friendly Tableware

Eco-Friendly Tableware

New!

Proof positive you can still have your glitter and keep green!

Reusable Glitter Cupcake Wrappers

Add a sprinkle of sparkle to your cupcakes with these reusable glitter cupcake wrappers! These glamorous glitter cupcake wrappers and liners come in gold, white, black, cherry blossom, red, lime green, sky blue, royal blue, aqua blue, lavender, baby pink, and white to match your special day. Not only would these cupcake wrappers be perfect for your birthday party, but each liner is coated to be re-used for any occasion, simply wipe down! Some assembly required, fits standard cupcakes and is intended for presentation purposes only. Cupcake wrappers are sold in a set of 12.

Food for your Earth Day Celebration

Turn planning the food for your Earth Day party into a fun adventure.  Instead of frequenting your usual caterers or grocers, check out your local farmers' market .  Create a menu based on  ingredients that are in season, local and organic. (In April think fava beans, asparagus, and rhubarb – check out Epicurious' fabulous Earth Day menu ideas)

The fewer miles the food needs to travel to get to your table, the fresher it will taste and the less carbon footprint you will leave.  Avoid using too much butter or oils in the preparation—celebrate the ingredients as they are!  Likewise, use flowers and plants grown organically and locally – use your own garden as inspiration.  Local Harvest is a wonderful source for regionally grown flowers and foods.  For your beverage choices, tap water is always best but other options include include organic wines and vodkas and consider tapping into your local craft beer scene.

             Ocean Organic Vodka           Love The Earth Suckers

Ocean Organic Vodka  | Love The Earth Suckers (These are just too cute for words)

Organic Wines

Serve Organic Wines & Local Craft Beers

Earth Day Party Favors & Confetti

Encourage guests to help the green movement by giving seed cards or tree seedlings for party favors!

Pocket Garden Pack Christmas Circle Plantable Seed Confetti Plantable Heart Note Favor Five Petal Plantable Seed Confetti
Heart Shaped Plantable Seed Confetti Wildflower Seed Paper Matchbook Autumn Leaves Plantable Seed Confetti Herb Seed Bombs

Christmas Circle Plantable Seed Confetti Plantable Heart Note Favor | Five Petal Plantable Seed Confetti | Heart Shaped Plantable Seed Confetti | Autumn Leaves Plantable Seed Confetti |

Plantable Seed Card Favors

Celebrate Earth Day with these personalized plantable  seed card favors. Each card is made from 100% post-consumer waste and embedded with  seeds. Simply plant the card, water and watch your flowers grow! Great for any eco-friendly celebration.

 Personalized Plantable Herb Seed Card Favor

 Personalized Plantable Herb Seed Card Favor

More Eco Friendly Party Favors

         Eco-friendly Natural Bamboo Coaster Favors  Mini Bamboo Cheese Board and Spreader Set

Eco-friendly Natural Bamboo Coaster Favors | Mini Bamboo Cheese Board and Spreader Set

Bird Seed Party Favors   Personalized Seed Packet Wedding Favors

These Earth Day favors are perfect for classrooms and other child friendly Earth Day celebrations!

       Recycle Rubber Duckies       Globe Canister Pencil Sharpener      

 Recycle Rubber Duckies | Globe Pencil Sharpeners

Eco-Friendly Activities for your Earth Day Festivities

     12-Inch Inflatable Globe  Eco Friendly Go Green Bicycle Poker Playing Cards

 12-Inch Inflatable Globe | Eco Friendly Go Green Bicycle Poker Playing Cards | Not pictured >> Eco Friendly Puzzle – Ships Aglow

Sometimes simple, low tech (aka old fashion) games are still the best and better yet, they are eco-friendly — play “Keep the Globe in the Air.” | These high quality eco friendly jigsaw puzzles are made from 100% recycled, bio-degradable material, including the use of soy based inks. Each is a poster size 19″ x 26.5″ 1,000 piece puzzle.

 Earth Day Activity TickleMe Plant Box Kit Decorate Your Own Shopping Tote

Earth Day Activity TickleMe Plant Box KitDecorate Your Own Shopping Tote

Creating an Eco-Friendly Home

Carry the health and wellness concept beyond the party and into your home … be a trend setter. Demonstrate that environmentally friendly can be chic too.

Eco-Friendly Home Supplies

Eco-Friendly Home Supplies >> Towels | Sheets | Diapers | Hand Soap

Make the Day Last a Lifetime

Mixbook Photo Books

Don’t let this memorable day fade away with the setting sun. The next day, when all is still fresh, log onto  Mixbook to create photo books, memory calendars, and even photo thank you notes or create a 5×7 photo card announcing the day, time, and location of your next celebration.

Or do it the old fashion way — print your photos and store them in an easily accessible photo album.

Natural fiber photo albums, 'Eco-Friendly Green' (medium, pair) (Indonesia)  Natural fiber photo albums

Natural fiber photo albums

More party themes to consider for your Earth Day party

Best Vintage Yet! | Garden Delights | Gastropub / Craft Beer Dinner Party | Happy Hippo Party | Horse Birthday Parties and Baby Showers | Jungle Safari Party | Jungle Safari Party for Children / Baby Showers | Just Monkeys | Monkey Around Party | Ladies Yoga Night | Little Giraffe Theme Party Planning, Ideas, and Supplies | The Lorax – Dr. Seuss | Owl Theme Party Planning, Ideas, and Supplies | Peace and Love Party Theme, Ideas & Supplies | Surf’s Up | Take Flight: A Butterfly Party Theme

Overall when planning an Earth Day party remember to use recycled goods, organic foods, and educate guests about what Earth Day can mean to them.

Party Hearty!

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