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How to Host Sustainable Parties for Children: Fun, Eco-Friendly Ideas

For children especially, environmental consciousness is key so that they develop to be environmentally responsible adults. Here’s how to incorporate kindness to the planet without sacrificing any of the fun.  Hosting an eco-friendly party not only teaches kids the importance of caring for the planet but also encourages creativity and resourcefulness. 

Here are some exciting ideas for throwing a sustainable bash that will have both the kids and the Earth smiling.

•Choose a Planet-Friendly Venue

Opt for hosting the party at a location that embraces sustainability. Local parks, nature reserves, or community gardens provide beautiful backdrops for outdoor festivities while minimizing the need for excessive decorations.


Choose digital invitations instead of traditional paper ones. There are plenty of websites and apps that offer customizable evites with fun themes. If paper invitations are a must, consider using recycled paper or plantable seed paper that guests can later plant to grow flowers or herbs.


Ditch the foil decorations and balloons, to avoid pollution. Embrace DIY decorations using recycled materials such as cardboard, paper, and fabric. Get the kids involved in making banners and centerpieces. If you can’t make decor from available materials at home, choose decorations that can be reused or repurposed for future parties, reducing waste.

•Party Supplies

Say goodbye to single-use plastic. Choose biodegradable or compostable plates, cups, utensils, and straws made from materials like bamboo or cornstarch. Another great way to be planet-friendly—instead of buying disposable tablecloths, use fabric ones that can be washed and reused.

•Food and Drinks

Serve locally sourced, organic snacks and beverages to reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation. Usually such snacks and drinks tend to be kinder to humans as well. A win-win.  Offer a variety of vegetarian or vegan options to accommodate and respect dietary preferences.

•Party Favors

Skip the plastic trinkets and go for sustainable party favors with Party Elephants. We use potted plants, seeds, wooden or paper toys in our customizable party favor bags.

•Activities and Entertainment

Keep the little ones entertained with games and activities that promote sustainability and outdoor play. Organize nature-themed scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, or obstacle courses that encourage children to explore the natural environment and learn about local flora and fauna.  Set up crafting stations where kids can create nature-inspired art using found materials or recycled items. Arrange storytelling sessions or puppet shows with environmental themes to educate and inspire young minds.

•Go Zero Waste

Implement a zero-waste policy at the party by providing recycling and compost bins for guests to dispose of their waste properly. If disposable items are necessary, choose compostable or biodegradable alternatives. Donate leftover food to local shelters or compost it to enrich soil instead of throwing it away.

•Thank You Notes

Send thank you notes electronically or create handmade cards using recycled materials. Include a message expressing gratitude for attending the party and for supporting sustainable practices.

By incorporating these ideas into your child’s next party, you can demonstrate that celebrating in an environmentally friendly way can be just as exciting and memorable. Not only will you be reducing your environmental impact, but you’ll also be instilling valuable lessons about sustainability in the next generation. So let’s party with purpose and make every celebration a planet-friendly one.