We celebrated our big five year old girl with a ‘making’ party last weekend. She loves to spend every spare second making, drawing and creating, so it seemed like the perfect theme for her.
I was determined to make this party special, without spending a fortune, or producing a pile of unrecyclable waste at the end of it. A few of my decorative choices are explained below:
- Balloons – I really dislike balloons, because they’re not recyclable, and once they go to landfill they’ll be there forever more, but I also know that my kids LOVE balloons, so this was our compromise – 4 balloons, purchased from Big W for less than $5. I blew them up myself and hung them, rather than going the expensive helium route!
- String lights – I have a few different sets of battery operated string lights, that are pulled out for special occasions. I bought the ‘Happy Birthday’ lights a few years ago, to hang up on everyone’s birthday, so that I had at least one decoration I wasn’t rebuking every year. Our other string lights were hung under our back verandah, and stuffed into a little lantern that I usually have in our lounge room as pictured above.
- Flowers – our little lady loves flowers, so this was a no brainer. I spent less than $20 on two bunches, arranged them together, and continue to enjoy them a week later. At the end of their life they can be composted!
- DIY paper decorations – I made a crepe paper streamer garland and tissue Pom flowers out of approx $20 worth of craft supplies. They’re still hanging outside being enjoyed now, but once they become tattered we will recycle them.
So it was hardly waste free, but we minimised the waste while still creating a fun decorative space for a little girls party!
And on to the making…
Using an assortment of craft supplies we already had, topped up with a few extra bits and pieces, the girls decorated wands, paper crowns, paper bags, recycled card rainbows and made necklaces and bracelets.
My greatest stroke of brilliance however, was having them all decorate their own cupcakes, saving me from a whole heap of cake baking pain!
Everyone appeared to enjoy themselves, and a week later, we still have craft supplies in bowls all over the place, constantly being picked over and created with.
I am feeling a little sad now that it’s all over, and hoping I can convince her to have another ‘making’ party in another five years!