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Okay I need to brainstorm, my sons first birthday is next weekend, like 50 people are going to be here. I am trying to figure out a way to not have a ridiculous about of waste, but also not have to do a ton of work. Has anyone used recyclable plates for parties? How has that worked? I was considering using just my dishes, but I dont have enough for that many people! silverware and napkins are easy, (they are just easy to wash) its plates and cups I am worrying about. Ideas?
Target has some paper plates made out of recycled material near here. Also for Julia's birthday we gave out cans with carrots planted in them. The kids were able to decorate them during the party and had fun. I also made out little instructions that we tied around the can. The kids liked them and the parents thought it was a good idea. I went to a couple more birthday parties and the girls got peas, tomatos, and herbs in a can.
You know, I've thought about buying a bunch of plain white corel plates for situations like this. You could also possibly look at a place like smart and final for plastic plates that you can wash and keep for the next party.
I was totally going to ask this!
I would suggest paper plates that you can compost or recycle. Compost is better because they will be dirty however I was stuck at napkins and utensils.
I want to get a theme but buying those little paper napkins always seem like such a waste. Especially since I just switched to cloth napkins at home.
Would cloth napkins at a kids party be too much?
Sorry to steal your thread. I just had the same idea.
I am also interested, as my son's birthday is in a few months and we've started planning for the party. We're having the party at the zoo, and I found some really cute zoo themed plates, napkins etc that say "Happy 1st Birthday!" But ethically I feel conflicted about buying them. I might look into those cups made from corn. In the end I think it will come down to $$$ though. I am not sure how we would deal with dirty dishes while at the zoo, ya know? It's going to be small though, so maybe I shouldn't feel too guilty? Sorry, now I'm stealing your thread! I guess we all have questions about the same topic LOL
Just curious how your plans are coming along! This weekend is kind of soon to have to order anything from a special website.
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