Friday, April 24, 2009

Go Green Baby- Green Baby Shower Tips & Ideas



Have you heard? Green is the new pink and blue when it comes to baby showers! And Paperlicious.com is the place to start for the hippest baby invites around that are kind to the environment, printed on 100% recycled fiber paper. (Hurry, Paperlicious is offering an additional 15% off with code LOVETHEEARTH for a limited time).

D├ęcor: Color it green! With paperlicious, you can go green dots, green paisley, green floral, green gingham, and on and on. We love the twin peas in a pod invites for mommies of multiples.
Try using natural elements in your decorating. Use small potted houseplants, bamboo, flowers, etc. to draw attention to the beauty and serenity of living things. What better way to celebrate new life?

Cut the Trash in Half: In lieu of gift wrap, ask guests to wrap their gift with a baby towel, blanket, or burp cloth, or to put their gift inside of a reusable shopping bag. Instead of a trash can full of once-used giftwrap, Mama will go home with even more for Baby and herself.
Care2.com says that using paper napkins is about twice as energy-intensive as using cloth napkins. With that in mind, why not opt for some green cloth napkins? It’s like giving a hostess gift to yourself that you can use again and again. We like the pattern and color choices available on soylarcandles.com.

Food: Luckily, carrying the green theme over to your party menu means your food choices will also be healthier for your guests. Cut up some of your favorite green fruits like green apples and kiwi and green grapes to make a fruit salad. Check out your local farmer’s market or natural food store to see what veggies your local farmers have to offer. Providing local food at your party cuts down on the fuel that was required to get the food to its destination. Use green sherbet and gingerale to make a sweet, frothy, green punch. Make sugar cookies cut out in the shape of a pea pod. You can get a great peapod cutter at www.coppergifts.com.

Activities and Favors: Healthy Child, Healthy World” is a guidebook for parents about how to create a cleaner, healthier world for their children. It is also full of fun info about green celebrities and what some of their favorite products are. You could create a trivia or matching game to play or gather some of the products for your guests to try out. A copy of this book would make a fabulous prize for a winner or gift for the mama to be.

Send guests home with a small tree to plant in honor of Baby. Paperlicious.com offers gift favor tags (printed on 100% recycled eco-friendly paper) to make the trees more personal. Say something like: “Thank you for making my world a better place to grow!”

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