Today, consumers interested in hosting an environmentally conscious celebration can select green invitations, use energy-saving equipment, and provide biodegradable eating utensils. With careful planning, nearly every detail of a baby shower, wedding celebration, anniversary soiree, or birthday party can stay in line with your eco-initiatives. To send eco-friendly party favors home with guests, consider the following suggestions:
Wedding Favors – Lavender Wedding Rice
Serving as a symbol of fertility and good fortune, tossing rice is a wedding tradition dating back to ancient Roman days. However, the relaxing fragrance of lavender offers a welcomed celebratory alternative that doesn’t harm birds or the environment. 100% pure lavender buds provide a biodegradable method of sending off a happy couple. Another way to use lavender wedding "rice" is to fill sheer organza bags or miniature glass jars to create a fragrant table setting. Other eco-friendly wedding favors include soy candles, bamboo plant keepsakes, and plantable seed place cards.
Birthday Favors – Fair Trade Wooden Toys
Highlighting the skill and craftsmanship of worldwide artisans, fair trade wooden toys make impressive birthday party favors for children. Some selections, such as the vegetable-dyed wooden toys at GreenPartyGoods use natural resins to produce an organic finish. Organic dyes may come from plant extracts, such as indigo, turmeric, lime, and the Ratanjyoti tree.
Anniversary Favors – Recycled Favor Boxes
After cutting the cake and congratulating the happy couple, send guests home with a small remembrance of the occasion by packing leftover snacks and trinkets in a mini tote favor box comprised of 100% recycled materials and printed with water-based inks. This kind of earth-friendly box comes in many shapes and sizes to fit an array of anniversary themes, including solid colors, dots, and selected images. Other green anniversary favor ideas include lighting tables with pure beeswax candles and using natural shells as decorative place card holders.
Baby Shower Favors – Natural Bamboo Coasters
Following the silly games and giggles of impending motherhood, spread the luck and success with loved ones by supplying partygoers with natural bamboo coaster favors. As one of the luckiest gifts to receive, bamboo makes thoughtful shower favors – made from a sustainable material that offers a durable, flexible material with the ability to grow quickly. Give bamboo coasters as gifts or use to decorate and accommodate guests at a baby shower.
Bridal Favors – Eco-Tote Bags
When looking for a bridal party favor, an organic tote not only supplies a functional gesture, but also satisfies the wishes of a green bride-to-be. Some eco-totes are comprised of brown burlap while others use recycled materials, such as the candy wrapper creations of Ecoist. Look for personalized totes with sturdy handles and spacious interiors to give as bridesmaid gifts or pass out as favors for a small wedding party. Usually, personalization involves 3-letter monograms.
By Yona Williams
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