Plastic Free Party Ideas

Plastic Free Party Ideas

b84441e078b7d9a8b4048b027f7d2f8e.jpgPlastic Free Party Bags (and other ways to reduce party waste!)

In today’s environmentally conscious society, we’re more aware of just how much unnecessary waste parties can generate. 

Party bags are frequently filled with single use items because they are cheap and easy to buy, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few ideas for a more sustainable gift bag for your little guests:

1. Don’t offer party bags 
There are alternatives, for example, depending on the time of year you could offer Easter Eggs or give each child a book based on the theme of the party. The Happy Newspaper is great for kids and focuses on good news stories, available from House On Fire (@houseonfiremcr) based at Emporium M33 in Sale. There’s no need for party bags at Funky Angels Hair & Beauty Spa as guests can choose a gift to take home from the Hair Kandy Bow and Bobble Shop. ( Party guests at Lavender Barn take home a real horseshoe as a little keepsake. (

2. The bag itself
Why not use paper bags, preferably from recycled paper, and decorate them yourself? Or how about these reusable produce bags? In fact you could just put the birthday cake straight into it! These are stocked by House On Fire.

3. Sweet treats
Handmade cookies, cupcakes or ‘make your own’ pick ‘n’ mix bags are always popular. You could ee9a72982c22391fdcc6810d6e2f37b8.jpgbuy a ‘cake mix’ to give away. This way the fun continues after the party is finished and provides a nice treat. Winner all round! The Cheshire Dream Catchers Party Co. offer BPA free reusable sports water bottles filled with sweets, as well as midnight snack boxes and popcorn in stylish paper bags. (

4. Seeds
Packs of sunflower seeds or herbs are a nice alternative to plastic tat. Children love the idea of growing something, and it's a nice activity that lasts long after the party has finished. (You could enter our sunflower competition too!)

5. Encourage creativity
Never underestimate a child’s creativity. With some finger puppets, a notepad, a paper mask, and a set of colouring pencils a child can create an endless amount of fun. Our Kids Social’s parties offer the option of Paper Town Craft Kits which make great gifts for party bags. Send all of your child’s party guests home with craft instead of a noisy whistle, copious amounts of sweets or messy slime – your mum friends will thank you! (

Think about your party kit too. Stockport-based Eco Party Kit aim to reduce single use party tableware by providing a reusable party kit for your guests. Not only can they deliver it to you, they take care of the washing up too! Call Louise on 07500 111929 or visit @ecopartykit for more information.

If eae31e89d3fe723fd874ee18bb4e5696.jpgyou are still struggling to think of some simple low cost sustainable party bag alternatives why not start with some of these ideas:

  • Paper Shadow Puppets
  • Decorate your own paper mask
  • Origami
  • Fabric hair accessories
  • Finger puppets
  • Colouring books
  • Colouring Pencils (NOT pens)
  • Paper of fabric bunting
  • Block of soap
  • Plastic free lip balm (from local supplier 'From Bee to You')
  • Wooden table top spinners, Yo-yos, or cars
  • Plant seeds
  • Pre-made Cake Mix
  • Tinned Lip balm
  • Biodegradable glitter
  • Small Book i.e. joke book
  • Paper Hats
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Make your own magic wand (from a stick)
  • Wooden/ metal keyrings
  • Printed Picture from the day
  • Biodegradable confetti
  • Popping Corn
  • Marbles
  • Fun Socks

So at your next party, instead of filling a goody bag with plastic ‘stuff’ that breaks, spills and gets thrown away after minutes of use. Why not try filling your bag with guilt free sustainable options worth remembering.

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