Okay, ladies and gentlemen, I need your encouragement.
If our theme this month is about greening the birthday parties and stuff, I need some help. Not because I don’t have ideas—I’ve done this before, for the past 3 birthdays per kid, I’m just so damn tired now, and my daughter’s birthday has just happened and we need to schedule the “kid party” pretty soon. Like yesterday. And I just don’t know if I have it in me. Some of those party places are looking pretty tempting right about now…
Part of the problem might be how much energy I put into creating The Perfect Party those other times. The year I did the Princess Pajama Party (a compromise, because she thought her brother’s “Almost Sleepover” was so cool she wanted one for herself, but she wanted the princess aspect as well) I made little capes, researched crafts, had them decorate homemade cupcakes and make their own pizzas and it was awesome…but exhausting. Last year we went really late too, and she had a really fun summer “B-earth-day Party” outside, with painting little flower pots and making pinecone bird-feeders and planting marigolds and eating fruit and my questionably decorated “Earth Day Cake”…again, tons of fun, but really a lot of work to put together—even though the planning was kind of fun.
So…what I’m looking for now is perhaps the holy grail of parties: an eco-conscious kid party that’s not going to have me going nuts. Any suggestions, friends and neighbors? (And if anyone does have the energy to throw a party for their kids and is looking for green suggestions, click on the links above, which detail my own past experiences, for better or worse!)
--Jenn the Greenmom