More and more people are becoming environmentally conscious, and are choosing to do whatever they can to help Mother Nature and preserve the planet. As a parent-to-be, who wants to create the best possible environment for their offspring to grow up in, you’ll naturally want to make sustainable lifestyle choices that reflect your values and interests. Thankfully, it’s never been easier to find ways to make your life greener.
Just because you’re choosing to go ‘green’ it doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on anything, when you’re planning to host an eco-friendly baby shower. It really is possible to throw a fabulous and fun baby shower party that promotes recycling and sustainable living, and also helps to minimise waste.
Choose Eco-Friendly Baby Shower Stationery
One of the most important aspects of any party has to be the invitation. The formal or informal invitation lets everyone know the day and date of the event, and the venue where it will be held. When you’re hosting a baby shower, for a family member or close friend, you’ll need to think about baby shower invitations and baby thank you cards that incorporate a ‘green’ theme.
The most obvious green baby shower invitation choice, to conserve natural resources and landfill space, is to go paperless and send out e-invitations to everyone. If some of your baby shower guests are not internet savvy you may prefer to stick with tradition, by sending eco-friendly invitations and baby thank you cards that are made from natural or recycled materials.
Find The Perfect Venue
To create the perfect atmosphere for an eco-friendly baby shower, choose an outdoor or natural venue, like a garden, park or beach location. If weather doesn’t permit outdoor celebration, you can host the baby shower in a space that supports sustainable living - an organic restaurant or green coffee house is ideal.
Use Sustainable Decorations
If you’re hosting the baby shower at home, give your space a green makeover by using sustainable decorations. Replace the usual party balloons and paper decorations with biodegradable materials and natural elements like stone, driftwood, seashells, pine cones, and bamboo. Swap plastic tablecloths and paper plates that are environmentally wasteful for tablecloths and linens. Use live potted plants and flowers to add decorative table centrepiece interest.
Offer An Organic Menu
Lay out a mouth-watering spread of healthy food and drink options to tempt your guests at the baby shower. Shop at your local farmer’s market for produce that was grown in your community, and organic and fair-trade ingredients. Serve all-natural and organic food that is homemade. Offer savoury vegan mini quiches, veggies and dips, sandwiches and sharing platters of fresh fruit.
Get out the crockery, to avoid using disposable paper plates and cups to serve the food and drinks. At the end of the baby shower, compost any leftover food and recycle any paper waste.
Play Green Baby Shower Games
Keep your friends and family entertained by playing fun baby shower games that incorporate the green theme. As many of the popular baby shower games require handing out paper printouts for your guests to write on, consider using a creative eco-friendly alternative, like cute mini chalkboards. Play a variety of games that don’t involve any paper or waste. Have a selection of homemade, natural and organic gifts to hand out as prizes to the winners.
Ask Friends For Green Gifts
Every guest attending your baby shower will want to bring a gift for you or for the baby. In the name of the environment, encourage everyone to choose eco-friendly gifts that support your values. There are a wide variety of eco-friendly baby gifts available on the market. These include non-toxic baby shampoos, soaps and lotions, 100% organic cotton baby clothes, blankets and soft toys, wooden baby rattles, BPA-free baby bottles and reusable cloth nappies that are a far cry from the traditional version. To make green gift buying super easy for your friends and family, you can sign up to an eco-friendly baby gift registry. You can also embrace the green theme by minimising shopping, and by asking your friends to gift you baby clothes and toys that their own children have outgrown.
Ask your guests to avoid using wasteful paper gift-wrapping, and to explore alternative creative and sustainable ways in which to wrap up their gift. Let friends and family know that they can use 100% cotton baby blankets, sheets and towels, as well as brown paper bags and other reusable bags. Bulkier gifts can be presented in BPA-free storage boxes that you can put to good use to stash away baby’s stuff after their arrival.
Don’t Forget To Say Thank You
Choose beautiful baby thank you cards that highlight the earth-friendly green theme of the baby shower. You can design and create these yourself using sustainable biodegradable materials, or choose to go bespoke with baby thank you cards that are professionally handcrafted. If you’re sending out the baby thank you cards after the birth of your baby, you can embellish the cards with an enchanting photo of your newborn and a personalised message.