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Ideas for a Green Baby Shower

12 Mar

Eco-friendly baby showers are becoming increasingly popular.  Parents-to-be are becoming more conscientious about how the products they buy and receive impact their newborn and the environment.  Below are some ideas and inspiration for holding a green baby shower.

Invitationsplantable paper invites

  • Depending on the formality of the event and web-savviness of guests, consider using electronic invitations such as Evites
  • If you must send paper invitations, make your own on recycled cardstock which even comes in natural fibers such as bamboo.
  • Consider sending post-card style invitations that do not require an envelope. 
  • Ask guests to RSVP via telephone or email to avoid paper RSVP cards.
  • Ensure that the design of the invitations reflects the green theme. 
  • You may want to highlight the theme with a phrase, such as “We’re hosting a Green Baby Shower for Lisa to help preserve the planet for her little one” or simply, "Earth-friendly baby gifts would be greatly appreciated".
  • There are plantable paper invites (paper embedded with wildflower seeds) that guests can plant and watch grow into something beautiful!

Gifts

  • Nowadays, the invitation usually lists where the mom-to-be is registered for baby items.  The baby boutique and/or registry selections should reflect the eco-friendly theme as much as possible.
  • In terms of selecting green baby items, think beyond organic cotton onesies; there are green options for all sorts of baby items, including glass or BPA-free bottles, wooden toys, cloth diapers (many options) and natural bath products.  wooden duck toy
  • Consider asking guests to bring their children’s outgrown clothes, used baby books and other used items in excellent condition. 
  • On the invitations, encourage guests to use earth-friendly wrapping methods, such as recycled paper, reused gift bags, newspaper and other materials such as cloth diapers (prefolds), baby clothes and baby blankets.

Decorations 

  • If you have an outdoorsy crowd, consider holding the shower in a backyard, park or garden.clotheslines
  • Instead of balloons and streamers, which tend to get thrown in the trash, decorate with biodegradable materials such as flowers, potted plants, rocks and fruit.
  • Decorate with items the mom-to-be can use by stringing a clothesline pinned with baby clothes and toys. 
  • You may want to use the shower as an opportunity to educate guests about choosing green and sustainable options.  Consider displaying small notes around the party area with eco-conscious facts about the benefits of organic food, how to shop for sustainable goods, and the eco-friendly aspects of the shower.

Refreshments

  • Where you can, go organic, local and seasonal. 
  • Use dishes, silverware and glasses instead of paper and plastic items.  If you must use paper, go for recycled goods. 
  • Tablecloth and napkins should be linen.  green salad
  • Keep a recycle bin nearby for trash and gift wrap. 
  • Food is a good opportunity to incorporate the green theme with colour: green-leaf salads; fruits such as kiwi, green apples, green grapes; and punch made with green sherbet and lemon-lime soda. 
  • If you're having the meal catered, find a caterer who serves organic foods.

Games and Party Favours

  • Besides games like Guess the Type of Organic Baby Food and Organic Baby Word Search, consider a group activity such as planting a tree in baby's honour.  seed packets
  • Game prizes should be natural and organic such as a wooden picture frame, organic bath products or even the potted plants serving as centerpieces!
  • Ideas for green party favours include sacs of organic chocolate, organic tea or fair trade coffee, a packet of flower seeds personalized for the event, handmade soaps and soy candles.

Showers and gifts are wonderful but it's up to you to provide your loved one with the things you believe he or she needs to be healthy.  (And don’t forget to thank your guests with recycled thank-you cards!)