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Happy GREEN Birthday!

12 April 2011 57 Comments

We at BornFree® take green living seriously and recognize that our children have a key role to play in protecting the future of our planet.

April is Earth Month what better way to celebrate this step in the right direction for Mother Earth than to party…and what kind of party does every mother and father look forward to more than their little one’s birthday! Whether it’s your child’s first or third birthday coming up, we want to help you party in style…GREEN style!

Throwing an eco-friendly birthday party for your child is an amazing way get them thinking green from the start.

Plastic cups, helium balloons that end up in our oceans, Styrofoam plates…just say “no” to the typical party traps this year!

Green Birthday Tips:

  • Use glass or reusable BPA-free plastic cups for guests
  • Send eVites instead of paper invitations
  • Try to incorporate nature into the decor: painted rocks, the natural beauty of the park of the beach…who needs streams and paper banners?
  • Recycle the paper and napkins used at your event
  • Instead of paper towels, opt for cloth napkins for messes
  • Be sure that all toys are BPA-free and PVC-free

Answer in the comments below: How can you make your child’s next birthday party Earth-friendly? From invitations to the cake, party favors to location, what will you do to green up your child’s birthday bash? Share your ENTIRE plan for creating the green birthday party of your little one’s dreams!

One lucky person will win 20 BornFree® products to use at the party any way you’d like.

Remember how BornFree® mom Tori Spelling used our pink Trainer Cups at daughter Stella’s bash? Talk about great favors!

Share your plan in the comments. Three finalists will be chosen and announced later this week Join us today at our special Green Birthday Twitter Party at 7pm PST/10pm EST tomorrow night (Tuesday, April 12th). Hashtag #newbornfree . Be sure to follow us: http://www.twitter.com/BornFreeCanada. You just might win bottles from our Eco Friendly line! See you there!

The Finalists!

All three finalists will win a prize, only one will win the Happy Green Birthday grand prize of 20 BornFree products!

Vote by leaving a comment voting for Finalist #1, #2, or #3. You can earn your finalist a bonus entry by voting on our Facebook Fan page with a “I voted for Finalist #__ in the Happy Green Birthday Contest”. Good luck!


Finalist #1:

Vherry

I consider myself as a crafty mom and i like making projects by recycling and I usually involve my daughter in doing it. Her birthday is coming up this 21st of April and I’m already working on an invite. After Im done with it, ill take a photo of it and post it in my facebook then tag my friends and my daughter’s friends’ moms on the photo. Facebook is the fad right now so why now use it. The theme will be butterflies and so I’m doing her party in the backyard. I’ll make pompom flowers our of newspapers and hang it on top of the table. I will also make small pompom flowers and make it as centerpieces. I’ll buy reusable utensils for the kids and reusable plates. for glasses, i collected jam/sauce/ glass containers and plan to reuse them but ofcourse sterilize it first by boiling. For the giveaways… I will get scrap papers and boil them and make a handmade paper, put some coloring then make a photoframe out of it. I plan to take pictures of the guest and print them on the spot during the party and stick it to the photo frame. it will be a nice giveaway and remembrance of my daughter’s party. I have a game in mind which is a treasure hunt. I will make the plants as clues where the treasures will be hidden. If i win this contest I will have the born free products as my prize for the kids. It will be a generous prizes for them and Im sure it will make my daughter’s party very unforgettable.

Finalist #2

Avery

Our daughter’s 3rd Birthday party is actually this weekend! Talk about timing. We try to think of ourselves as being pretty green, we cloth diapered,make our own cleaners, recycle as much as we can, try to buy items with keeping green in mind.
For Jayla’s 3rd birthday party, for invitations we chose not to have paper invites, we took advantage of facebook and created an event as well as talked to our family on the phone and in person about the date and time. No waste to dispose of this way.
The party will be in our house so we can play with the toys and books we already have, the snacks will all be prepared by us, and instead of buying a fruit tray already done up, or a cheese platter, we’ll buy this items and do them up ourselves. That way we know where our money is spent, but also how much waste there is from each item.
For the party favours, myself and a friend recently hosted a mom to mom sale and was sent too many of a couple of things for our grab bags for that event, so we’ll have a couple of extra magazines to give out to the kids, a coupon to a local attraction, giving out arts & crafts, but no candy or junk.
For garbage disposal, I’ll just ask everyone to leave their goodies on the kitchen counter, and once the party is done we’ll go through and separate the green bin materials, recyclables, and garbage.
Everyone has some great ideas and plans! Thanks for the contest

Finalist #3

Breezer

Well for a green birthday i would not send paper invites, i would talk to those that were invited personally or send an email.
For food, we live on a farm, and we would have a roast chicken dinner, meat grow at our home, fresh made bread, veggies from our garden and an assortment of homemade dessert(i love to bake :) )we will use glass dishes and regular silverware and cups.
For a cake, i will do an alligator cupcake cake, homemade and home decorated! it is so so so cute!
For the older kids, we will go on a treasure hunt and play outside with the animals.
There will also be a homemade pinnate made with recycled newspapers filled with homemade playdough prizes and homemade soaps.
We will ask for no gifts please, or if they really want to bring something, we will ask for donations for college funds, or homemade gifts.

57 Comments »

  • Shauneen said:

    We use reusable bags to wrap presents. There are so many colorful pretty choices!

  • Colleen said:

    I would send E-vites rather then paper card( easier to catch everyone that way!) Instead of disposable plastic cuttlery I bought sets of kids plastic spoons and forks and gave them as one of hte party favours, they were a huge hit and less waste!We always reuse to streamers rather then throwing them out.

  • Amanda said:

    Typically I try to do all my invites online, I use all recycable or reuseable stuff plates forks, I do indulge a bit and do the balloons.We reuse gift bags for all our gifts and instead of doing gift bags we do some sort of big craft that the kids can take home that is useable (for example my oldest just turned 6 we made picture frames for his party I took a picture of him and his friends put it in the picture frame that they made and that was their gift bag)

  • Janine Gallant said:

    My daughters birthday party is coming up. FOr both my daughters parties, I send invitations by email and/or make a event on facebook to invite the parents. We have the party outside for the most part if it’s nice and we use hard plastic plates and cups that we wash and reuse, as well as the cutlery. I dont buy little toys to make toy bags. I find that they toys that we could afford to buy (dollar stores) are cheaply made and I dont trust them to be BPA and PVC free, plus I find that they are often not used afterwards. This year, I plan on giving them each a small planting pot, seeds and potting soil to bring home and grow their own little flowers. They will also decorate the pot during the party. My daughter wants a Dora theme party and I bought her the ‘Dora celebrates earth day’ book and I want to use ideas in that book for the party.

  • Sherri Zachos said:

    My sons birthday party is this weekend and we will be using all reusable plates and cutlery and cups. Also we always recycle gift bags and paper and often wrap gifts in newspaper that we decorate with stamps and other craft items. We reuse all party decorations and like to bake goodies with the kids at the party they can take home in place of toys.

  • Michelle said:

    My son’s Birthday is quickly approaching (early June) We will be throwing a “Backyard Party” I would love to make it as green as possible! I will not be buying/using ballons or store bought decorations. I don’t like the dangers of balloons and the hellium ones are bad for the environment if one was to escape. I plan on making decorations out of out recycling pile! :) I will be using cardboard to cut out “balloons” and other birthday type things as decorations I’ll likely use some of his paints or construction paper to make them “Pretty” I have couple of older tables that I will cover up with reusable table cloths. I plan on serving finger type foods, fruit trays, etc, but I’ll be making them myself instead of buying the big plastic trays at the store. The Guests will be invited either through facebook or by phone. The cake will be Homemade (I hope!) So, no unwanted plastic trays there. :) I want to have a few games for the kids and a craft. For the craft (since it’s early June or last weekend in May) I was thinking of doing potted plants. I picked up some small ceremic pots that everyone could plant a “veggie” to take home. I was also thinking of a simple beanbag toss game made out of old cardboard. I haven’t really decided on what to do about party favors but I won’t be buying cheap plastic toys and filling plastic bags! And the gifts we buy will be put into reusable paper gift bags!

  • emma w said:

    My little guy will be turning 1 this summer and I think I will make a point of using cloth napkins, organic food and send evites out.

  • Clare said:

    My daughter is turning 1 in May!
    I have already sent out e-vites (way easier than paper!) and we have a stash of plastic cutlery that we reuse. We also use recycled paper plates, that we recycle when done! It will be outside, so there well be very few decorations and the “treat” is going to be wild flower seeds for people to plant!

  • Lindsay said:

    We will be doing online invites and using compostable plates. All cans & bottles will be recycled and any food scraps will be composted. We’ll have minimal decorations as it’s going to be a backyard BBQ.

  • Lisa said:

    I will be sending out invitations online probably through a facebook event. We will also be using reusable plates, cups, cutlery. The next thing on my list would be to stop using paper towels and napkins unless they are 100% biodegradeable. I love the idea of sending each guest home with a package of seeds or a little sapling to plant in memory of his 1st birthday celebration.

    My little man’s birthday is during the summer so we will be having a party outdoors most likely at a park, so we can enjoy the sunshine and take in the beauty of our surroundings. We always recycle as much as we can and compost as well.

  • Marlibu said:

    For our green birthday party, we’d send out evites to cutdown on paper waste. Instead of using napkin use reusable bamboo cloths to clean up messess. Definitely no paper plates, we’d use re usuable BPA free plates, bowls and utensils. No sytrofoam cups definitely reusuable cups. For loot bags, we’d use reusable insulated shopping bags so they’d make great snack bags for the summer for the kiddies. I’d hand out reusuable water bottles, green toys (wooden), and some yummy treats.

    We are big recyclers at our house and have passed that on to our kiddies. I love Green parties.

  • Ela Calulo said:

    I usually use online invitation in inviting guests to my kids party.. Then for his coming party I plan to hold it in a park :) Bring bpa plastic cutlery, cups and plates so that i can still reuse it :) And i’ll choose a green color since he wants Ben10 for his 5th bday theme :) For giveaways… i’ll make 15 small fabric bags to put their loot. they can reuse the bags for their lunch kits.

  • LUISA said:

    i’ll start my daughter’s party with email invites then venue will be at the backyard :)
    I have a nice garden so that would be nice as venue. Then no plastic cups and disposable cutlery. Ill use bpa reusable ones. then for giveaways…. small pot with soil, then with a pack of seeds. ill ask them to plant the seeds as their activity in the party :)

  • Cheryl (@loucheryl) said:

    Firstly I would put in the invitations that the party is a green themed one for the environment and ask people to wear green (fun)! I would use reusable plates, utensils and cups. I would have games that were environmentally friendly. When the gifts were finally opened, I would have a big recycling can for the gift wrap so the kids would see that it was going to be recycled. I would give away planting seeds for the kids to plant in their gardens at home and wooden toys.

  • Stephanie said:

    My daughter’s 3rd birthday is coming up in June, and we are going to have a gardening/tea party. I’ve been working on my own photo invites that I have been working on in photoshop, and plan to email them to friends and family. Instead of bringing gifts, I am going to ask that all of her friends bring a small plant or seeds of their choice (It’s such a great way to fill my garden too!) We will be using china cups and plates, as well as cloth napkins. Cookies, cheese trays and other little finger foods served on re-useable platic plates. Their gifts to take home will be little watering cans filled with seeds, and a shovel to go along. I love how her birthday is in the summer.. Gives us a chance to get out and play in the sunshine.

  • ashley said:

    Only buy him/her a few items, if wrapping, use reusable bags or news print, serve local/homemade foods and when cleaning up, use green cleaners :)

  • Natalie said:

    Backyard party with NO electricity required !!! Will be having a ‘picnic’ lunch, using re-usable plates, cutlery, and napkins. The kids will be planting veggies and flowers in the garden !!! For favors – we will be sending them home with toys made from recycled materials in reusable paper bags !!! All leftovers food will either be saved for lunch the next day or put into the composter :o ) ps – invites will be sent via ‘E-Vite’

  • Breezer said:

    Well for a green birthday i would not send paper invites, i would talk to those that were invited personally or send an email.
    For food, we live on a farm, and we would have a roast chicken dinner, meat grow at our home, fresh made bread, veggies from our garden and an assortment of homemade dessert(i love to bake :) )we will use glass dishes and regular silverware and cups.
    For a cake, i will do an alligator cupcake cake, homemade and home decorated! it is so so so cute!
    For the older kids, we will go on a treasure hunt and play outside with the animals.
    There will also be a homemade pinnate made with recycled newspapers filled with homemade playdough prizes and homemade soaps.
    We will ask for no gifts please, or if they really want to bring something, we will ask for donations for college funds, or homemade gifts.

  • Ana Morca said:

    making e-invites and making the party simple with reusable eating utensils will make my son’s party green and economical. I’ll cook my own food to serve and not buy those processed food. We will use the park as his party venue so that kids will be closer to the nature.

  • Kristi said:

    My son turns “2″ in November so I have a while to plan his special day (but in all honesty, I will probably start in the summer just like I did for his 1st birthday!!). But, Facebook has done a lot to help spread the word and you can create cute and amazing invitations that way, so I would probably set up a group for Lucas’ birthday and then just followup with family on the phone. Since I already have nieces and nephews before we had our son, my house is filled with plastic plates, cups and bowls (kids-size) so I will just use those for the kids and I still have a bunch of decorations from Lucas’ 1st birthday and other BBQ parties we’ve had so a little creativity and voila, the house will look all ready to celebrate!! I am kinda a packrat so I do tend to save onto stuff for future use and also when I can get samples in the mail I will use them for later use so all I need to do is check my toter to see what goodies I have!! I have several BornFree sippy cups & straw cups that I haven’t opened for Lucas yet so if I won this contest then I would add those to the new stuff I get and use that for the kids who attend for their goodie bags. We also don’t buy water bottles (only for our emergency survival kit, hey, I live in BC on a fault line!!) so we provide Brita water for our guests and those who do bring their own drinks, we always leave a garbage can out just for the recycling. I lived in a small town before and there were no formal recycling set up so it killed me to have to throw even an empty can in the garbage so we do everything we can to recycle and reuse. My late-grandma had this whole recycle thing going back in the 1980′s as at Christmas time we could hear her shout “save the bows, save the wrapping paper” as she would re-use them later on!! And, I have to admit, I will save the bows and reuse them too!!

  • Karen said:

    have a plant-a-tree party! everyone e-invited can plant their own tree and have a picnic outdoors at the same time. reusable dishes of course, food waste to be composted the other waste to be recycled. gifts can be requested to be something homemade. sounds like a good idea for a summer party to me :)

  • Vherry said:

    I consider myself as a crafty mom and i like making projects by recycling and I usually involve my daughter in doing it. Her birthday is coming up this 21st of April and I’m already working on an invite. After Im done with it, ill take a photo of it and post it in my facebook then tag my friends and my daughter’s friends’ moms on the photo. Facebook is the fad right now so why now use it. The theme will be butterflies and so I’m doing her party in the backyard. I’ll make pompom flowers our of newspapers and hang it on top of the table. I will also make small pompom flowers and make it as centerpieces. I’ll buy reusable utensils for the kids and reusable plates. for glasses, i collected jam/sauce/ glass containers and plan to reuse them but ofcourse sterilize it first by boiling. For the giveaways… I will get scrap papers and boil them and make a handmade paper, put some coloring then make a photoframe out of it. I plan to take pictures of the guest and print them on the spot during the party and stick it to the photo frame. it will be a nice giveaway and remembrance of my daughter’s party. I have a game in mind which is a treasure hunt. I will make the plants as clues where the treasures will be hidden. If i win this contest I will have the born free products as my prize for the kids. It will be a generous prizes for them and Im sure it will make my daughter’s party very unforgettable.

  • Veronik said:

    We are celebrating my daughter’s first birthday this weekend and we wanted to keep everything as GREEN as possible. We think that having a greener life with improve her own life in the long run and it’s so important not to take this for granted. We’ve decided to have a small party, with a few guests over (not too many as people usually do) because we want. When we read about Tori Spelling’s idea of birthday favors as training cups, we’ve decided to do the same. So every girl (yes, only girls in the family/friends circle!!) who is coming to the party will get one. Instead of buying paper plates, we’ve decided to use our normal plates. What’s 10 minutes of doing the dishes anyway? Especially when the house is full of people. We’ve also decided to have a smaller cake (everybody is dieting these days) that a friend of the family made for us. We’ve also asked guests to wrap gifts with recycled paper or newspaper, to keep the friendly environmental theme. We didn’t invest in decorations, as they are often littered after the event. All the gifts and the presence of the people we love will likely make great atmosphere. We are doing the party at my parents place, because it’s the closest where everybody around us lives, which makes less traveling for everybody. We can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

  • Katie said:

    We do evites, all bags and wrapping paper we get (we request them to use reusable stuff when possible), we save and reuse. We are fortunate where we live to be able to recycle paper plates, food/napkin waste, so if we use paper plates and napkins we recycle them.

  • Avery said:

    Our daughter’s 3rd Birthday party is actually this weekend! Talk about timing. We try to think of ourselves as being pretty green, we cloth diapered,make our own cleaners, recycle as much as we can, try to buy items with keeping green in mind.
    For Jayla’s 3rd birthday party, for invitations we chose not to have paper invites, we took advantage of facebook and created an event as well as talked to our family on the phone and in person about the date and time. No waste to dispose of this way.
    The party will be in our house so we can play with the toys and books we already have, the snacks will all be prepared by us, and instead of buying a fruit tray already done up, or a cheese platter, we’ll buy this items and do them up ourselves. That way we know where our money is spent, but also how much waste there is from each item.
    For the party favours, myself and a friend recently hosted a mom to mom sale and was sent too many of a couple of things for our grab bags for that event, so we’ll have a couple of extra magazines to give out to the kids, a coupon to a local attraction, giving out arts & crafts, but no candy or junk.
    For garbage disposal, I’ll just ask everyone to leave their goodies on the kitchen counter, and once the party is done we’ll go through and separate the green bin materials, recyclables, and garbage.
    Everyone has some great ideas and plans! Thanks for the contest :-)

  • Amy said:

    I vote for #2 Avery!

  • Ela Calulo said:

    “I voted for Finalist #1 in the Happy Green Birthday Contest”

  • Becca said:

    I vote for Avery finalist #2 in the happy green birthday

  • Jessica said:

    I voted for #2, Avery

  • Stacia Heaton said:

    I voted for Avery finalist #2!

  • Vanessa said:

    I voted for finalist #2 Avery!!!!

  • Brianne said:

    I vote for #2 Avery.

  • Shirley Saunders said:

    I voted for Avery, finalist #2 in the Happy Green Birthday contest.

  • Jessica said:

    Finalist #2 Avery

  • Luisa said:

    I vote for finalist #1!!!

  • kelly said:

    I vote for #2 Avery

  • kim said:

    vote for finalist #2 Avery

  • Shaunna said:

    I vote for Finalist #2: Avery!

  • Christine said:

    I voted for finalist #2: Avery, in the Happy Green Birthday contest!

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