Balloons ... a party popper or party pooper?

With Christmas and New Year’s celebrations fast approaching we thought it important to inform our blog readers about the dangers that the lovable latex balloons pose to the environment if not disposed of properly.

Our stance on balloons has been updated (June, 2014) and we no longer stock balloons. Find out why here.

As eco party lovers we have witnessed many compelling debates for and against offering latex balloons to our customers.

This blog talks of the only eco friendly balloon - that is those made from latex, a renewable sap-like extract from the Hevea brasilienesis rubber tree, found mostly throughout Asia and Africa.

We gathered our information from a variety of credible online sources (see the bottom of this article for links) as well as the International Balloon Association (IBA) and Balloon Council (TBC) - both international networks of manufacturers, distributors, decorators, retailers, and entertainers for the balloon industry established in 1990.

In short the conclusion we came to is that it’s not the balloon that does the damage, it's how the consumer disposes of it. The risk to the environment is not IF latex balloons biodegrade, because they do, but WHERE they end up.

Ideas for a Merry Eco Christmas

Of all the world's celebrations its Christmas which produces the most waste direct to landfill.
Here are some ideas to avoid Christmess this month.

Deck the halls, room and mantle piece with white, red and green bunting. Make it in paper and string, eco-fi, felt and material. Hang a hand-made wreath on the front door or make one using fresh leaves and flowers.

For table centrepieces you could make your own organic gingerbread house as an impressive centre piece; fill vases with beautiful fresh flowers from the local market; have a beeswax or soy candle surrounded by native leaves and flowers; or a small nativity scene.

Events, Expos and Festivals

Earlier this month we attended the Environmental and Sustainability Expo in Willunga, South Australia.

It was a great opportunity to be part of this innaugural event and it was quite humbling to be surrounded by some great organisations and members of community initatives which share an ethical and environmental focus like us.

Next year we hope the organisers will push for it to be a totally eco catered event. This of course requires a commitment from food and drink vendors to supply only compostable and biodegradable tableware.

We have found that with many events there are very few policies regarding the compostability standards of the cups, cutlery and plates.

A Guide To Composting Eco Party Tableware

Once the party is over, your friends have gone home and everything has been packed up you'll be left with your now used compostable party plates, cups and cutlery.

What comes next can be great fun as helping nature in its rebuilding process is a really rewarding and beneficial activity.

Our eldest's 6th birthday party

On Saturday we celebrated our eldest's 6th birthday. We kept it eco and nature-themed ... sending out our Earth Greeting's turtle invites and making a Spider Cake on little one's request.

Fortunately I have a copy of Additive Free Kid's Parties at home which has an organic chocolate and pumpkin spider's cake recipe in it. Licorice is used for the legs. There was also a receipe for mini spiders made from homemade marzipan too.

I added some cupcakes with little raspberry worms.

Organic nuts, chocolate covered fruit, chips and homemade dips were purchased locally from our farmer's market and organic store and my family added some fruit platters.

Sunnie's 4th Birthday Party

On August 1 we celebrated our daughter Sunnie's 4th birthday with a party.

It was held at our home on a beautiful sunny day with the theme being a "princess party" ... that didn't mean everyone dressed as a princess, just the birthday girl.
I created some organic recipes - the birthday cake, scones, cupcakes, sandwiches cut out in hearts and flowers, berry mallow whip, beetroot dip and chocolate cheesecake as found in the book Additive Free Kids Parties. I bought a vegetarian quiche from the local bakery and some yummy Chipman corn chips from our local organic store.

How green was your winter party?

How Did You Make Your Party an Eco Friendly Event? What Ideas Did You Find or Come Up With?
For every season of the year we are giving away one of our fabulous eco birthday party boxes for 16 ($44.97) + one of our cool new felt crowns ($16.97).

All you have to do is purchase any one of our eco party boxes during the winter months, then host your party and tell us how you made your event so eco friendly.

It doesn't have to be a birthday party - it could be a dinner party, a corporate function or wedding. Whatever the celebration we want to hear how you invited nature to your party!

You may have come up with fabulous recipes using organic food, decorated the venue with beautiful eco and natural creations or even come up with eco friendly games and party favours of your own. You may even want to add some photos to give yourself an even better chance.

We love hearing how people have used their imagination and nature to make their parties as eco friendly as possible - and sharing these ideas helps inspire others to party responsibly too!

Send your entries to

Good luck!

Wirra Wirra Picks a Peck of Picnic Packs

Popular McLaren Vale winery, Wirra Wirra, recently got in touch with us wanting to create some Eco Picnic Packs for their fans to take advantage of the Cellar Door's new BBQ facilities.

Wirra Wirra actively seek to operate via environmentally sustainable management practices in all parts of their business.

This includes biodynamic management of vineyards, water recycling initiatives, energy efficiency and recycled packaging options.

Eco-friendly packs for their BBQs fits this philosophy.

"The idea is for people to buy some local meat, cook it up on our barbies and enjoy some of our beautiful wine," says Cellar Door manager Lisa McNicol.

The packs consist of:
*4 x unbleached large plates (12") made from sugar cane fibre
*4 x PSM cutlery - knives and forks - all made from 100% biodegradable corn starch
*2 x PSM spoons
*2 x unbleached bowls made from sugar cane fibre
*5 x napkins made from corn starch
*1 disposable bag made from corn starch

Wirra Wirra retail the packs for $6.00.
Visit for more info.

Wirra Wirra Picks a Peck of Picnic Packs

Popular McLaren Vale winery, Wirra Wirra, recently got in touch with us wanting to create some Eco Picnic Packs for their fans to take advantage of the Cellar Door's new BBQ facilities.

Wirra Wirra actively seek to operate via environmentally sustainable management practices in all parts of their business.
This includes biodynamic management of vineyards, water recycling initiatives, energy efficiency and recycled packaging options.

Eco-friendly packs for their BBQs fits this philosophy.

Asher's 2nd Birthday Party

Last weekend welcomed the 2nd birthday for my youngest child Asher and the 1st anniversary of the birth of the Eco Party Box idea.

It was while looking for eco friendly party supplies for Aher’s 1st birthday last year that I decided to create this business - and I really love it!

So this year just had to be extra special and extra eco.

Which wax is weally the most wonderful?

The following candle wax article is from the April/May 2011 edition of G Magazine Australia and why we choose to only stock handmade 100% organic beeswax candles made in Australia.

Which wax is weally the most wonderful?

Is there anything more indulgent than a candlelit dinner with your special someone or relaxing in a warm bath surrounded by the glow of tealights? In the semi-awake state induced by low lighting, candles help us to chill out and leave the stresses of the day behind.

But flipping the electric switch off for some old-fashioned mood lighting isn’t as straightforward as you might think. There’s paraffin wax, soy wax, palm wax and beeswax to choose from, not to mention an array of scents, shapes and sizes. In environmental terms, candles seem deceptively pure. However, behind the light lie some surprising eco-truths.

World Environment Day

World Environment Day ... every day!

Looking after the environment has become a hot issue lately ... at least politically.

The introduction of a carbon tax in Australia will tax companies and people higher so they are forced to think about their impact on the environment. Sadly this may be the only way to get them to think green.

We think the answer is for world environment day to become an everyday event - at least in people's lives. We would love to see people honor their connection with nature - by comprehending it is essentially where we are all from, where we all return and is the source of all things beautiful and real.

We hope that everyone can adopt this type of perception as we feel an awakened perception of who we are and not a tax on living is the best way to save the planet - and find joy and sense of truth in life.

We would love to share a beautiful movie with you called La Belle Verte (The Green Beautiful). Stream it free HERE.

We would also like to share the quote on the bookmark which we give to all our valuable customers who purchase an Eco Party Box:

"If you lose touch with nature you lose touch with humanity ..." - Jiddu Krishnamurti.

We wish you and the planet a truly wonderful World Environment Day on June 5. Please see our new Weekly Promotions page on our Facebook page to take advantage of our sale.

See our other blog posts:
Top 10 ideas of what to do with your empty party box when the party is over
Eco Party Ideas
Eco Friendly Ideas For a Winter Party
Eco Friendly Easter Ideas

Top 10 ideas of what to do with your empty party box when the party is over

Rather than recycling your box by placing it in the bin on rubbish collection day, you can use your party box in the home.

Here's a Top 10 list of creative and practical ideas to make the most of your eco party box.

1) Use it as a bin - when clean up time comes you can store all the plates, cutlery, decorations and food scraps in the box and take it home to bury for your garden.
2) Create your own treasure chest - fill it with things that are special to you. Make it look beautiful by gluing onto it buttons and beads, old photos, magazine pictures and newspaper articles, shells and stones, feathers, flowers, gum nuts and leaves, place beautiful material at its base like organic cotton or organic felt.
3) Make a puppetshow theatre - cut out the bottom of the box and stand it on its edge to make a "stage." Make sock puppets by stuffing unused socks with toilet paper and drawing faces on with colorful markers. Present a puppet show to all the living room audience members.
4) Build models of houses or whole towns - If you have other boxes draw doors and windows on them and use your party box to be part of a playroom city.
5) Make a cardboard race car - turn the cardboard box into a speedy racer! Use other cardboard or just paper for wheels. can help.
6) Baby mobile - Cut out the cardboard into animal shapes and paint appropriately, use sticks and string to hang it from the roof above your baby's cot.
7) Wall animals - Cut out designs from the cardboard and have the children paint them to make pretty wall designs for their room.
8) Desktop/office organiser - use the box to store paper or use it as an in tray.
9) Packaging for a present - draw some pretty pictures on the outside of it and place your next party present inside of it to reduce wrapping paper waste.
10) Worm food - use it as compost in your garden. The cardboard for our boxes is biodegradable and compostable and it can be used in your compost bin.

See our other blog posts:
Eco Party Ideas
Eco Friendly Ideas For a Winter Party
Eco Friendly Easter Ideas

Winter Eco Party Ideas

Now that you have some idea of how to throw an eco birthday party (see HERE for a check list) you might need some inspiration on how to do it in the winter months.

If your child has a birthday in the middle of the year then the outdoor party options are usually limited because you don't want to risk bad weather ruining the day. If you cannot find an appropriate venue with good indoor and outdoor facilities in case of a cold and rainy day then you are most likely going to keep the party inside where it is warm and dry.

The eco options for invitations, presents, party bags and birthday candles never have to vary for the seasons but for an event held in winter you may wish to adapt the party food, party games, party decorations, party theme and the venue to suit the weather.

To make your winter party memorable the focus is likely to be on the theme, so that even in lousy weather the children can still have fun. It doesn't have to reflect everything eco but the more you are able to re-use and recycle the better for the environment it will be.

1) An indoor Beach Party: Give the house a beach theme. Make paper cut-outs of clouds for the walls, use cardboard for the waves by cutting them individually to give a layered feel. Use cardboard to make fake surfboards which you can lean against the walls and leave some beach balls lying around for the guests to kick around. Lay beach towels around the floor for guests to relax on. Bring the sand pit inside by placing the sand on a tarpaulin or make fake sand by tearing up strips of yellow paper. To add to the mood you can make a fake bonfire by twisting up red and yellow biodegradable crepe paper and cellophane and placing it on a pile of sticks on the floor.

Food: Use an Esky filled with ice to serve all the bottled drinks into a biodegradable cup. Use cardboard and paint to make the table look like the front of a beach kiosk and give out all your party food from there.

Games: If you've made an ocean with cardboard so that waves rise up at the top then make small cut-outs of small surfers and tape then to the back of the waves. Give guests biodegradable balloons, fill them with water and see who can knock the surfers down.

2) A Bad Taste Party (for the Adults) This is all about looking as bad as possible and is great if you want to reuse and recycle old clothing. Its also one everyone is sure to remember.

The more your friends cringe, the better. While Norman Gunston, the guys from Dumb and Dumber and Les Patterson are the perfect example of a how to dress and behave in bad taste, really anything which was fashionable in the 60s, 70s and 80s would likely be appropriate. Look through your parents old photo albums to get some inspiration. ;) Sleazy suits, comb-overs, far too much make-up, messy faces, gold chains and hairy chests are all suitable.

Decorations: Decorate the house in the tackiest style you can. Hang toilet paper from wall to wall instead of streamers, use garbage bags instead of balloons to decorate the room (for eco friendly ones use Biobags). An easy way to decorate is to hang tacky framed pictures and old album covers on the walls. The local Op Shop is likely to have all this.

Food: Try serving food that might taste great but look unappealing. Sandwiches can be touched up with a bit of green organic food dye for fake mould. You can also offer really standard food like mashed potatoes, peas and brussell sprouts. For bowls of nuts buy a cat litter tray, fill it with crushed peanuts and pine nuts for fake litter. Scatter chocolates across the tray.

Party Games: Offer a prize for the most poorly dressed guest. You can also challenge the guests to eat disgusting food or you could even hold a messy race to see who can eat the fastest.

3) A Colour Party: You can hold a colour party for your child's favourite colour and ask everyone to dress in that colour or you can ask guests to dress from head to toe in their favourite colour.

Decorations: Biodegradable Balloons and biodegradable, cotton or felt bunting is a must for a Colour Party! Try to get as many eco decorations for the day as you can. Felt party hats and crowns in different colours also great. Bold and bright colours are best.

Food: Serve natural and organic food that’s as colourful as you can find/make. To colour the food buy some organic food dye or you can make it yourself using the differently coloured vegetables. This is ideal if you’ve chosen a specific colour for the day. Fruit is perfect if arranged in bowls of each colour - grapes, bananas, strawberries, oranges, blue berries and apples can be used to arrange a picture upon the table.

Games and Activities: Organic face paints are a fun way to add to the colourful mood. (Learn how to make your own HERE) Be sure to have enough to go around so no one is left out.

Colour Wheel: Before the party make a colour wheel by cutting out a large circle of cardboard and painting it with each colour in sections. Make a hole in the centre and fix it to another piece of cardboard by using a golf tee. A second golf tee can be fixed at the top to be used as a marker. On the day, draw fun tasks from a hat or bag and give the wheel a spin. Anyone wearing the colour that the wheel stops on has to perform the task. The sillier the tasks the better the game will be!

What does each colour mean?: If everyone dresses in their favourite colour share some information about why they chose it.
Red is Beautiful, Powerful, Strong, Pioneering, Friendly, Warm, Initiating, Persistent, Patient, Attractive, Originating, and Passionate; Orange is Spontaneous, Bold, Daring, Inspirational, Outrageous, Robust, Funny, Fearless, Adventuresome, Building, and Buoyant; Yellow is Happy, Cheerful, Astringent, Intelligent, Shining, Highly Communicative, Expressive, Logical, Purifying, Orderly, and Forgiving; Green is Secure, Safe, Expansive, Sharing, Open, Flexible, Connecting, Free, Just, Balanced, Harmonious, and Efficient; Turquoise is Clear, Fresh, Focused, Youthful, Imaginative, Transformational, Clean, Sensitive, Changing, Rarefied, New, and Victorious; Blue is Tranquil, Calm, Peaceful, Honest, Trusting, Creative, Open, Deep, Faithful, Reliable, and Accepting; Purple is Regal, Respected, Admired, Humble, Intuitive, Knowing, Together, Dignified, Valuable, Tolerant, and Connecting; Pink is Abundant, Genuine, Responsible, Compassionate, Loving, Mature, Great, The Colour of Relationships, Considerate, Adept, Natural.

Source is HERE. For a far deeper look into this visit:

If going to such lengths are too elaborate for your winter party here are a few extra ideas to make the party fun and eco friendly if inside.

: For centrepieces use 100% beeswax candles. See our range HERE:
Use cellophane or crepe paper (both biodegradable) to bring colour into the home.
Hang eco friendly bunting in the rooms (you can make it yourself from old material).

Food: Make a hearty vegetable stew from organic veggies in your garden or local farmer's market. Use organic food.

Party Games:
Dog and the Bone
The children sit in a circle.
One child is the "dog" and sits in the middle with his eyes shut and a bone behind him.
A person in charge points to one of the children in the circle.
That child has to creep in and get the bone and put it behind his back.
All children put there hands behind their back and say Doggie, doggie, who s got the bone?
The dog then opens his eyes and has to try to choose who has his bone. He has two guesses.
If he guesses correctly he has another turn. If he doesn’t the child with the bone is the new dog.
The game then starts again.

Who Am I?
The children all sit in a circle.
One child is chosen to put his head down and close his eyes.
The leader then points to one of the children in the circle who says "Who am I?"
The child with his eyes closed has to open them and try to guess who it was.
If he guesses correctly he has another turn. If he is incorrect it is the child who spoke's turn.

Sleeping Lions

When the leader calls out Sleeping Lions each child has to drop to the floor and lie as still as possible with eyes shut.
Anyone that moves is out.

Balloons Up
The object of this game is to keep the balloon in the air the longest and win.
Game is played best with two people at a time so that you can have a play off at the end.
Each person bounces their balloon on their heads to keep it in the air - no hands, feet or other objects to help.
Make sure the area is large enough and clear of objects to avoid tripping over.

See our other blog posts:
Eco Party Ideas
Eco Friendly Easter Ideas

Eco Ideas for the Easter Holidays

Hooray for holidays! They are here again and the Easter period is one of the best – lots of public holidays and time to enjoy the children.

Here are some eco inspired ideas for parents who want their children to enjoy the simple things in life over the holiday period. Some are best for inside days, while others are more suited to the warm weather.

The Cold Days
• Cubby Houses and Dens – position some chairs to make a circle and then place some blankets over them to create a fun secret hideout in the lounge.
• Cleaning Day – involve the children in your cleaning. Get them to help you clean the windows and floors, do the dusting, sweeping and polishing. It may not be the most thorough job but it will keep them busy.
• Washing Day – it may be the clothes, the dishes or the dog.
• Dress ups – get out the costumes or use Mum and Dad’s clothes for some role-playing fun.
• Craft – grab the glue, sticky tape, all sorts of paper, cardboard and other colorful left over pieces to create a masterpeice!
• Drawing/Painting – pencils, wax crayons, waterbased paints, chalk – if you have a spare wall at home let the children add their colourful design to it – they’ll feel like Michelangelo even if it isn’t a Picasso.
• Beeswax Modeling – is the best stuff to use. Warm it to mould different shapes and use nuts, leaves, bark and other things fallen from your local neighbourhood trees to make something special. Let your imagination run wild.
• Playdoh – you can make your own and there are plenty of recipes on the internet.
• Puppet Shows – dress up some socks with buttons, beads and other material and create a story.
• Sewing and Felt Making – children can make some really simple yet wonderful things, like pouches or bags and the colourful eco friendly felt really stands out.
• Jam Making – if you have lots of fruit like figs and don’t know what to do with them look for a recipes on the internet or some old cookbooks hiding in your cupboard.
• Baking – bake some biscuits or a cake from scratch or do it the easy way and get a pre-made mix.
• Dolls/Teddy Bear’s Picnics and Tea Parties – invite the gang round for a cuppa.
• Shop Play – pick up some really useful toys and books or even imaginary bargains from your local lounge room.
• Painted Easter Eggs – boil up some eggs and get the paint out to make some beautiful basket fillers for Easter.
• Dyed Easter Eggs – there are many natural ways to do this. Click HERE to read a great article.

The Warm Days
• Planting Day – get some seeds, find some dirt, dig a hole and get back to nature.
• Backyard Picnics – cut up some fruit and small finger food and enjoy some fun in the sun.
• Backyard Camping – get the tent up, start the campfire and maybe even sleep under the stars.
• Sand Play – hide toys in the sand pit for the children to find or just let them create something fun. Pots and pans are a great addition to any sand pit.
• Fairy Gardens - create a magical space in the corner of the garden and get ready to believe.
• Treasure Hunt – hide toys in the garden for the children to find.
• Kite Flying – let wind power create some fun. You can even make your own kite without too much fuss. Crepe paper, string, glue and some sticks.
• Rope Play – use it to climb or have fun skipping.
• Climb Trees – keep an eye on them, but this is a real nature activity every child should enjoy.
• Mud Pies – make some messy fun.
• Bubble Blowing – children are enchanted by bubbles floating through the garden.
• Water Fun: sprinklers, paddle pools, water barrels and sailing boats.
• Games – hopscotch, marbles, simple card and board games as well as some fun party games like Simon Says or hide and seek.
• Woodworking – parental guidance is advised, but there is no readon they can’t help you cut up some wood, hammer in some nails and make anything from a doll’s house to some doll’s furniture. Keep a tub of wooden offcuts handy.
• Shell Finding – take a trip to the local beach to find some shells to decorate the home or even homemade birthday cards with.

• Other ideas: swimming, forest walks, berry and fruit picking, visiting the playground and stick races in the local creek.

I hope these simple but universally popular ideas (apart from the cleaning and washing perhaps) are helpful.

Have a great time inviting nature to your holidays.

Hooray for Earthgreetings and dirtgirlworld.

We are very excited about our recent additions - eco invitaion and greeting cards - created on 100% post consumer waste and using only vegetable inks in the printing process!

Heidi from Earth Greetings really captures the beauty of Australian animals in all of her original designs.

In 2003 Heidi decided to try out this creative business idea - publishing her nature-inspired designs on to greeting cards.

Needless to say it was a tough slog - but her ethics and determination never wavered and now Earthgreetings cards are sold all over Australia.

We love her My Earth selection of cards and invites, the bright and colourful wrapping paper and her new dirtgirlworld range. And the best thing is Earth Greetings they use a carbon neutral printer, vegetable inks, 100% post-consumer recycled paper and minimal packaging. (Visit for more info). See our range of her stock on our website: for cards click HERE, wrapping paper HERE and invitations HERE.

Her dirtgirlworld range is terrific too. It is created in Australia by producers and musicians Cate McQuillen and Hewey Eustace (mememe productions) and screens in over 100 countries.

We now include dirtgirlworld invitations, cards and a music CD as part of our eco extras as well as a dirtgirlword themed eco party box.

Dirtgirlword is an exuberant celebration of life in the big world outside, dirtgirlworld has a contemporary, underlying environmental message – to explore the natural world. The musicentric series invites the audience to “go get grubby” with dirtgirl, a gumboot-wearing girl who grows awesome tomatoes, knows cloud names and drives a big orange tractor.

The show features characters who live sustainably and in tune with nature; following the seasons, caring for their gardens and friends, building what they need from what they find, and conserving resources. These characters also take time out to daydream, gaze at the stars and find wild places.

(Visit for more info).

We'll have giveaways at the Adelaide Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo

If you’re in Adelaide make sure you drop into the Connect2mums stand at E17 at the Adelaide Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo. Friday 25 March – Sunday 27 March at the Adelaide Showgrounds.

You’ll have the chance to win over $1000 in prizes including fabulous prizes from us!
Connect2mums is the online community connecting mums and they'll have gorgeous hot pink goodie bags for the first 1000 entrants in the competition!

The Expo provides expectant parents and parents with young children with access to friendly professionals from government departments, health organisations and respected support groups and companies.

It also showcases the newest and most practical products. Visitors can benefit from the hands on demonstrations and leave with an appreciation of the best options available to suit their needs. There is also lots of fun, free entertainment for parents to enjoy with their children, including Dorothy the Dinosaur.

Visit the expo website for your free ticket and to plan your day.

The first eco party box ...

In February 2011 Cyclone Yasi hit Australia's far north, devastating the regions of Tully, Tully Heads and Mission Beach as well as other areas close by.

Peace Mitchell and Katy Garner of Connect2Mums were instrumental in helping communities pick up the pieces in the region nearby after Cyclone Larry destroyed Far North's Innisfail in 2006. They formed Mothers Helping Others - a not for profit organisation helping children and families. It played a vital role in rebuilding not just the local areas but also many lives through a range of practical and innovative ways.

Tina with the first order
Well in February 2011 they were at it again - and Eco Party Box Australia wanted to do its bit.

Even though we hadn't launched the business we donated a Children's Party Box as part of the Connect2Mum's Cyclone Yasi auction with all proceeds going to victims of the devastated areas.

The auction was done using facebook with our first Eco Party Box going to Cath from Melbourne who bidded $30.00 (we included the postage too).

We are glad our first Eco Party Box was created to help those in need.

Tina x

Eco Parties – How to best invite nature to your party

Inspiration and ideas for your child's eco party
Birthdays are special. Children rave on about them all year and for us Mums there is nothing more fun than spoiling them when their day finally arrives.

But just because it’s that one special day of the year even doesn’t mean your eco footprint won’t leave a heavy dent on the environment.

In recent years the green options for children’s parties have improved and now you can find eco alternatives for all the traditional party supplies. Not just plates, cups and cutlery made from natural sources but also decorations, candles, disposable bags and loot bags.

Australian-based family company Eco Party Box offers a clean, green, convenient way for Mums and Dads to celebrate their children’s birthdays with colourful 100% compostable party supplies - so that after the big day, when the traditional disposable party products would normally go straight to landfill, you can compost your eco party supplies and help grow your garden.

Such products are a fun, convenient and affordable way to eco your party but it doesn’t have to stop there - here are some other ideas to make your child’s party a totally eco and chic one.

This is what you’ll need:
• A little bit of nature,
• a dash of creativity,
• a pinch of technology;
• and of course some good organisation and forward planning.

1) Choosing a Theme
Superheroes, fairies, pirates - they can all be ecoed up. Create healthy food to suit the theme. Try and use a natural setting and you and your child's imagination to create the backdrop with cardboard paintings helping to create the appropriate scenes.

Natural themes can include a farmyard, fairy land, jungle party and a treasure hunt.

It also doesn't have to be themed - the natural beauty of a park with carefully thought out natural decorations can create a beautiful ambience.

Alternatively Eco Party Box also offers all you need for a diertgirlworld themed party. dirtgirlworld is a popular television show on ABC Kids promoting the natural world and green ideas to toddlers and young children. It actually encourages children to get into the garden and "get grubby". Eco Party Box offers a dirtgirlworld themed party box as well as other dirtgirlworld items - including invites and cards and more.

2) Choosing a Venue
If the weather is good hold your event at a local park or playground. Hang decorations in the trees and use nature to set the party mood. Give kids the space they need to run around. Look for places that offer a chance to introduce the kids to nature.

If weather just won't permit outside play there are plenty of indoor ideas to help invite nature to your children's party, as listed here.

3) Invitations and Cards
If you email or sms your friends your party invitations you’ll save on paper. Paper manufacturing uses large amounts of water and energy and creates pollution that you can help limit by going electronic rather than traditional with your invitations.

E-vites, or electronic invitations require you to send a template or custom invitation to your guests' email accounts. Guests can respond by electronically checking their names off the list and can even see who else plans to attend. Visit for some great e-invitation ideas.

You can make invitations yourself from recycled cards, magazines or paper.

Seeded invitations are also a great idea. You can make your own using old newspaper. When the party is over guests can plant their invitation and grow flowers or vegetables.

You can also choose invitations from Earth Greetings printed 100% carbon neutral with vegetable inks on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Check out our awesome range from birthday cards to dirtgirlworld invitations.

(Alternatively you could take a card you have received, cross out your name and write the birthday boy/girl's - however, this is not recommended if you wish to be invited to next year's party).

4) Decorations
Traditional party balloons have attracted bad press in recent times for their environmental impact. Although latex balloons are biodegradable and 100% compostable, some environmental groups have raised concerns about the risk of animals choking on balloon fragments. To avoid this, once the balloon bursts pop it straight into the compost. The alternative to balloons are paper lanterns.

Simple natural decorations can include flowers, rose petals or autumn leaves.

Take a trip to your local beach and pick some shells to use as table decorations. Maybe try some pebbles, attractive stones or crystals to use as a centerpiece or as items in your own party bag. Some flowers from yours or the local market can also be used as centerpieces, but you can also stick them in the children's hair or make necklaces out of them too to brighten up party.

You can use tea lights floating in water or even origami. Paper cranes would look beautiful on the table and then there are other designs too like hats, boats and planes made from paper.

Colourful felt party hats and crowns also look great and can be used year after year. Felt or organic cotton banners and bunting bring a touch of class to the party and are made with nature in mind. They can be reused over and over again. Keep an eye on our website for our range of felt hats, crowns, banners and buntings.

5) Party Bags
No child’s party is complete without a party bag for the guests to enjoy for their trip home. Too often though these are plastic bags filled with plastic toys and lollies - but it doesn’t have to be!

You can create loot bags from felt material or maybe just use a basic brown paper bag with your child’s drawings or paintings on them. You could even turn your child’s paintings from school into paper wrapping for their take home gifts.

For what to include inside the bags try and avoid the lollies if you can and go for something wholesome which is still a treat – organic chocolate, chocolate covered nuts, dried fruit and fruit chips. Instead of plastic toys include small crystals, shells or pebbles. Wooden toys without the packaging or best of all small biodegradable pots with a seed they've plante. Kids treasure gifts from the earth, and often treat them as treasure!

Keep an eye out for our Party Bags, filled with organic and nature-based gifts, coming soon.

6) Getting to the Venue
Carpooling is a great way to improve your carbon footprint – but with children in the car – it isn’t always easy. Other alternatives include riding a bike and catching a bus, train or tram.

7) Birthday Candles
Most birthday candles contain harmful chemicals, which are not healthy if they drip onto your child’s cake. Try the beeswax alternative – 100% healthy and tasty if they drip and they also smell great. Beeswax is natural and renewable. It actually improves air quality as it removes pollutants and allergens from the air when lit. Candles made from paraffin pollute the air with black soot.

Every Children’s Eco Birthday Party Box comes with a set of 5 handmade 100% beeswax candles. You can also purchase them separately and in packs of 5 and 12.

8) Party Games
Most party games are eco, that is they don’t need any material just a healthy imagination and some forward planning.

Statues, Simon Says, Musical Chairs, Hide and Seek, charades, sack races (use pillowcases if you can't find traditional hessian sacks), scavenger hunts through the garden with nature-related clues and prizes.

Another great idea is having children decorate their own clay pots so they can return home with a seedling to plant in their creation.

If you do play Pass the Parcel use newspaper to wrap the present.

If using a pinata make your own! From paper machete over a latex balloon.

9) Presents
Is there a way to avoid your child being given excessively packaged, battery-powered or short-lived plastic toys?

One good way to avoid it is by asking friends and family to give a pre-loved toy or book that is in good condition, rather than buying something new. That way toys that other kids have grown out of will be given a new lease on life.

Otherwise why not try and make a present yourself. Believe it or not many homemade toys have a much greater appreciation factor than the latest plastic Barbie or GIJoe. Try making a doll, or hammer some wood together to make a truck… it doesn’t have to be time consuming, it may just require a little research.

However, if you are seriously creatively challenged and you don’t want to pass on a pre-loved toy then opt for a wood toy first, followed by an eco toy … remember “kids don’t really need toys, toy shops need kids!”

(Research shows children under the age of 10 will often marvel at their plastic toy but come back to the wooden toy as it is closer to nature and they relate to it better as nature is their true origin).

Another great idea is to ask your friends and family to donate to a charity or cause your child is passionate about.

10) Wrapping Paper
You may feel a bit funny about wrapping a toy in newspaper. You may also refuse to put the toy in an eco or brown bag. See our range range of colourful wrapping paper from Earth Greetings, printed on 100% recycled material, with vegetable ink and 100% carbon offset.

11) Food and cake
Continue the eco theme with the food you serve. Where possible, buy fresh, local, organic food to provide at least a few healthy options for guests. Smoothies and fruit skewers are always popular. With some creative presentation, you can also create some very appealing edible "creatures". There are lots of gorgeous kid-friendly recipes online incorporating fresh fruit and vegetables.

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12) Disposable Bag
When packing up your party use an eco disposable bag - believe it or not you can get disposable bags made from cornstarch and they are 100% compostable. So everything from the party can go to grow your garden – knowing your child’s fun helped grow the vegies on your table is even more worthwhile. Every Eco Party Box comes with at least one eco disposable bag!

Hopefully this list gives you some helpful ideas on how to make your child’s next party eco friendly. Choosing the green alternative over cheap, chemical based party products will make you feel good, knowing you have chosen ethically instead of the all-too easy option. For more eco party ideas visit

Love Tina x