Eco-friendly Party Ideas

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Welcome to my fourth post in the SCOTT Naturals™  series celebrating Earth Month and the little changes all of us can make to live a little more green. Today’s post is on how to throw an eco-friendly party for your little one!

Have you ever thought about how much trash and waste goes into a birthday party? Why not give your next party an “Every Day is Earth Day” theme? This green theme is a ton of fun and there are so many ideas you can play off of. Here are a few to get you started…

Invitations:

Of course the most eco-friendly invitation is one that is paperless.

Create an emailed invitation for your eco-chic party on a site like Paperless Post or Echoage.

Brainstorm on invitation wording like a party that will be “Out of this World.” Or “Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice. Join us for an Earth Day Birthday Party for…”  Or, “The Best Friends are Sustainable Ones. Celebrate with us at an Earth Day theme party for…”

If you want to take the idea further and reduce the waste associated with gift wrapping, Echoage allows you to pick a favorite charity (you can opt for one focused on environmental projects) and guests can make a donation in lieu of gifts. This is the greenest giving of all! 

Decor / Supplies:

Playing on the Earth Theme, pick a color palate of browns, white, green and blue for a global-flare.

Use cloth tablecloths and SCOTT Naturals™  hybrid napkins and paper towels.

Opt for reusable plates and silverware versus paper.

If that isn’t practical, consider purchasing party supplies from Susty Party, an eco-friendly party supply company that sells items that are compostable and biodegradable.

Food / Drinks:

When going eco-friendly, think local when it comes to your food. Shop your favorite farmers’ market for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Make your own mini organic pizza crusts, and let kids top theirs with a choice of toppings (including local organic veggies and cheese.)

Serve homemade lemonade with fresh lemon slices in reusable cups.

Activities:

* Have kids first make their own pizzas so those are ready to pop in the oven when the time comes.

* Planting Station: Buy mini terracotta pots and paint them with chalkboard paint ahead of time.

Set up a table with colored chalk so kids can decorate their own pot to take home. In center of table set up soil and seeds, and help kids scoop their own soil into their pot and then plant their flower seeds of choice. Send their decorated pot home as their party favor.

* Make your own binoculars.  Let kiddos make and decorate their own set of binoculars out of SCOTT Naturals™  hybrid bath tissue rolls to take on their nature scavenger hunt.

* Nature Scavenger Hunt: Let kids explore around the backyard or take a walk around the block as they search for various items found in nature.

* Go Green Story Time: Read a favorite eco-friendly children’s book.

Dessert:

Playing off the nature theme, have the kids make their own earthy “mudpies” using homemade organic chocolate pudding and toppings with such as whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, pretzels, gummy worms, smashed up organic chocolate cookies, etc.

Thank You’s:

Take a picture of your child with each guest and send them a sweet emailed thank you with a sentiment like “Thank you for being a sustainable friend.

As you can see, you can have a ton of fun with this green theme. And events like this can spark many teachable moments about the Earth and our care of it.

And while we are thinking green, SCOTT Naturals™ invites you to take the 4 Week Test Drive during the month of April.

Simply go to scottbrand.com and pledge to switch to SCOTT Naturals™ for four weeks and try their selection of hybrid products.

When you make the pledge, you will enter in your zip code, and the state with the most pledges can win $50,000 towards local forest and land conservation efforts to preserve America’s great outdoors. Click HERE and take the pledge!

[Disclosure: SCOTT Naturals™ is compensating me for my time and participation in this campaign. All of the above are my honest opinions, as always. I have made the switch to SCOTT Naturals™ and have taken the 4 Week Test Drive pledge! I hope you will too!]

Resources: Paperless PostEchoageSusty PartyHomemade Pizza Recipe, Homemade Lemonade Recipe, Fruit Cake Recipe on Family FunHow to Make Paper Tube Binoculars, How to Make Terracotta Pots with Chalkboard Paint, Eco-friendly Children’s BooksOrganic Chocolate Pudding Recipe,  Worms in the Mudpie Recipe

Photo credits: Forks from Susty Party, Fruit Cake from Family Fun, Terracotta Pot from Scissors and Spatulas, Worms in the Mudpie from Raspberri Cupcakes.

 

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Lovely Paper Craft Parties

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I love a great party idea which is why I am so excited to share with you a local OC company called Lovely Paper which offers craft parties at your location in Orange County or LA!

Owned by Patricia Aguilar, an artist and teacher who married her two passions, Lovely Paper is a company that celebrates teaching people to unleash their creativity through whimsical crafts.

Parties by Lovely Paper

Do your children LOVE doing crafts? I know my oldest daughter could spend hours working on art projects, so I can only imagine the fun she would have at a one of these parties!

Parties by Lovely Paper are geared towards ages 7 – 12, but she can do younger if your child is old enough to sit and craft OR even for adults! Think how fun it would be to have a craft party for a baby shower or moms’ night out!

Lovely Paper will come to your event and put on a fun craft party which includes:

* 2 hours of crafting with 5 crafts per participant. Parties are $250 for up to 10 participants, each additional is + $20. Mention Tiny Oranges and book your party before June 1st, 2012 and you will receive 20% OFF – Yippee!!!

* All supplies, drop cloth for the floor, table and tablecloth if needed, and a small treat bag for each of the participants.

You can choose from one of her three most popular themes:

Princess for a Day

This girly-girl sparkly craft party includes bejeweled crowns, fairy wands, castle photo cards, paper jewelry charm bracelets, and a wish box for the party celebrant.

Whimsical Wonderland

This bright colorful craft party includes masks, paper flowers, flower photo frames, paper weave bracelets and a wish box for the party celebrant.

Funky Diva 

This superstar craft party includes an animal print jewelry box, a jewel and animal print paper mirror, an “autographed” photo card, a paper purse with bejeweled ribbon handle and a wish box for the party celebrant.

Or maybe you have your own theme in mind?  Lovely Paper will work with you to create a customized craft party with crafts to fit your theme. Prices will vary due to supplies, call them for a consultation.

And, for extra convenience, for an additional cost Lovely Paper will provide light snacks, appetizers, paper cups, paper plates, and napkins in matching theme colors. Click HERE for more details.

You can also visit www.LovelyPaperParty.com and their online retail shop that includes wonderful products by independent designers and click here to follow Lovely Paper on Facebook.

[Disclosure: Lovely Paper is a Tiny Oranges sponsor. Check out their darling ad in the right column!]

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Dream Come True Entertainment: Princess Characters for Parties [+ Giveaway!]

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A few months back a friend asked me for a referral for an Orange County company with princess characters for her daughter’s 4th birthday party. I didn’t have one, so I reached out to my Tiny Oranges facebook friends, which is how we found Dream Come True Entertainment, a company which provides fairytale characters for children’s parties in OC and LA.

Both my girls went to this dress up princess party, and about a half hour into the festivities there was a knock at the door and RAPUNZEL was standing there sparkling. You should have seen the look on the girls’ faces! PURE magic!

Rapunzel was absolutely FABULOUS! Completely engaging, enchanting and kept the party moving from one fun princess activity to the next.  My girls had the greatest time ever.

I spoke with the owner, Princess Megan, for a long time after the party to learn more about her company to share in this post.

With a passion for creating a larger than life experience for the girls, all the high quality costumes are custom made for each princess to be as authentic as possible and she believes in strict attention to detail, right down to the make-up and wigs.

You can click here to see their list of characters, but if you don’t see one of your favorites, you can always call and ask Princess Megan if it would be a possibility.

I also learned that all the princesses at Dream Come True Entertainment have a background in performing and musical theater. This was certainly evident in the Rapunzel I saw, not only was she beautiful and believable, but then she opened her mouth to sing and she sounded like an angel.

Their princess party packages can be booked for 1, 1.5 or 2 hours and pricing starts at $175 for the one-hour party. I thought this was so reasonable for the entertainment they provide.

Being a mom herself, she knows the importance of keeping the party moving along, so the princesses are well-skilled at knowing when to change it up and move on to the next activity. Based on the ages, they will prioritize activities and know what works best, and their parties consist of a mix of:

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