Green Birthday Party Guide from Inhabitots: More Fun, Less Waste

By Inhabitots

August is the most popular month for babies to be born in the United States -- so odds are, either your babe or a little one you know will be celebrating a birthday this month. While most birthday bashes are synonymous with disposable goods and heaps of waste, there are many ways you can make your fete a sustainable affair. Here are 7 tips for throwing an eco first birthday party, most of which apply to all ages.

Looking for the perfect gift for your special three year-old? Here are our top picks for green birthday presents for tots.

Is your tyke crazy for trains, planes and automobiles? Check out our guide to organizing a themed bash of things that "go."

When it comes time to wrap gifts, eschew boring recycled gift wrap and opt for these 6 sustainably designed gift wrap options instead.

Let's not forget the main event: birthday cake! Here are 5 healthier and delicious birthday cake alternatives, as well as a tutorial on how to make a gorgeous, organic rainbow cake sans the toxic chemicals. Top off cake slices or cupcakes with equally sweet, reusable wool felt party toppers to add festive flair.

When it comes to decor, look no further than your printer. Here's a round-up of the best printable party decorations for kids, and some instant, eco birthday party decor from Paper and Cake. This adorable birthday garland will also add a lovely touch to your celebration.

Your kiddo will appreciate the effort you put into making this recycled pop-up birthday card. And when it comes time to dole out party favors, kids will go gaga for this LEGO glycerin soap!

For more great, green party ideas, pick up Anni Daulter's book, Naturally Fun Parties for Kids.

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