Birthdays are a big deal! And should be celebrated! Here are 3 trends that we hope/know are here to stay!
1. Group Gifts with a Charitable Donation
No more shopping!! Woohoo! This trend is here to stay. Parents can set up their invitation online through Wish & Give (www.wishandgive.ca) and the guests contribute toward a group gift and to the charity of hosts choice. A win-win.
Doing everything online saves the guest parent at least an hour, maybe more, from having to drive to the store, pick out a piece of nonrecyclable plastic, find the wrapping paper, wrap it…you get my point. Plus, it’s environmentally friendly. The birthday kid can use the cash gift for an experience, one larger gift or save it and learn the value of a dollar. And we all get to feel great about giving to a local charity.
And don’t forget it’s a great way to teach both the birthday kid and the guest kids the importance of giving back! Special events turned into important life lessons. A win-win!
2. Sustainable Loot Bags
What kid doesn’t go giddy over a tiny plastic jar of slime or a plastic slinky, but then it just ends up tossed to the side after a few hours of entertainment. Not to mention the environmental waste plastic causes.
Candy is another sticky subject. Do kids really need more sugar after a party?
A few sustainable options we love for loot bags:
- Tee shirt or pajamas
- Gift card to a local café, ice cream store or bookstore
- Upcycled plastic toys from www.tinytoyco.com
3. No Cupcakes at School
Save the treats for the party and at home! With 20+ kids in the class, kids are getting extra treats almost every week at school! Passing out treats is one more time (20 more times) kids with allergies are ‘different’ and can’t partake in the celebration. A few years ago my school banned treats and I’m all for it!
Still want to do something at school? Have your child pick out a new book for the classroom. Or talk to the teacher about how they mark this special occasion. There are lots of ways to make each child feel special without treats involved!