I thought it would be fun to host a green baby shower for Earth Day. Most mothers' now days are looking for ways that they can raise healthier babies and help the planet too so here are some great ideas for a green baby shower. This would also be a great party just to celebrate Earth Day.
First make your own invitations from recycled materials. Take a cardboard cereal box and flatten it out and cut circles out of them. You will need two for each invitation. Repeat, using cardboard as a template on plain white recycled paper. Now on the blank side of the cardboard, draw simple shapes to represent the different land masses. In between, color blue for the ocean. With a glue stick, glue the paper circles on each circle. Write your information as to where the party will be held, date and time. Ask each guest to try and bring only green baby items to the shower. You can include a list of what mom needs and where you can find the green items if you would like.
Here are some green suggestions for your list: Anything made out of natural cotton, Homemade items to include cotton washcloths and baby afghans using the new all natural yarns that most of the yarn manufacturers are now making. BPA free plastic bottles or glass ones by Evenflo, Cloth diapers or the new gDiaper that is compostable, toys made out of natural materials like wood or cloth.
This kind of shower could be held in a garden or in a park. Maybe you have a favorite place that has tables setup outdoors you could use but use your imagination. There are some public gardens that in some places in our great country that are already in full springtime bloom and might rent you their area for a nominal fee.
So the first part of your baby shower can be to make your new mother to be a diaper cake from cloth diapers. There are many instructions on the internet for cloth diaper cakes and check out ThriftyFun too, I think the instructions were printed for this a couple of years back. Decorate with any thing green, meaning the color. Your local dollar store in either the kids section or in the book/paper section will probably have pictures to hang up of the Earth. You could take some blue beach balls the kind you blow up and with a Sharpie do just as you did for the invites and turn them into big planet Earths. If you know the sex of the baby already you could make centerpieces for the tables with both pink or blue silk flowers and green ones.
Make round sugar cookies and decorate them to look like the Earth. Have an assortment of baby colored sugar cookies also. Punch is simple to make by using one bottle of 7-up and a pint of lime sherbet.
You could play all your favorite baby shower games here but I would throw in a couple of recycling ones like scrambling recycling words like compost, plastic, green, recycle, Environmental, ecology, sustainable, trash, earth, global or any words to describe recycling. You could also fill a tray with a pop top lid, a plastic water bottle, a clean tin can, a small box, an aluminum can, newspaper, ink cartridge, paper and give them 30 seconds to look at the tray and then write down as many things as they can remember.
Baby Showers are always fun but this is kind of like as Truvie says in Steel Magnolia's "I always wanted to throw a bridal shower with a Monster Motif". Imaginative and innovative can be a blast too.
About The Author: Debra Frick is a mother of 5 and a grandmother to 8 grandsons and one granddaughter. She is a published author and poetress. Recycling and saving money are her passions. She also loves crocheting and cooking. She is also a pet rescue volunteer and has many pets of her own.
This is a GREAT idea!! I will certainly save your post to remind me of your ideas.
I too think it is very important to live green and frugally. Thanks for sharing with us.
Instead of new baby clothes how about giving her hand-me- downs for the baby. If you're a sewer give her bibs made from old towels. You can also wrap gifts in cloth diapers or use fabric gift bags instead of paper giftbags.
Another idea I had to go green for a baby shower was to put the gift in a reusable cloth tote. When I had suggested that to my daughter she actually found one at the major baby store she had shopped in for the gift. She did put in some tissue but actually gave the gift in the tote and it was a big hit at the shower.
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