Kids. Kids everywhere. All of them screaming, running about the place in a whirl as you frantically look around, making sure none of the little guys have hurt themselves. If that’s not enough on your plate already, you have your neighbour’s beady eyes watching disapprovingly over the chaos from their upstairs window.
It’s that time again. It’s summer party time for the children.
But aside from annoying your neighbours, kids parties are also likely to be occasions when you spend the most money on energy in a single day of the year. Using the electric air pump, lighting up your whole house and playing continuous party music for their little ears is not cheap you know.
To reduce your energy consumption, and minimise your carbon foot-print, consider throwing a green children’s party. Trust me, the kids will be none the wiser to the difference in any case.
Digital invitations only
Before your party even begins, you can reduce your usage of natural resources by opting out of sending paper invitations. But before your little Tommy starts to cry, inform the little fella that he is still allowed to invite his friends, but by doing it digitally only instead. So send invitations by email. That’s the trendy way of doing things these days anyhow.
Plan local, organic food
Yes, you can still crack out your beloved smoker from the Find Top Rated Electric Smokers guide, but try to only cook organic produce on it. Buying locally can also reduce your carbon footprint, because you are likely to travel less miles buying from the local farmer’s market, and less miles = fewer emissions.
Take the party outside
A summer children’s party is not called a summer party for nothing. So I assume you have your kid invasion planned for a hot summer’s day. That being the case, you can make it based around the outside of your house. Not only is this where your BBQ equipment from Smoky Goodness Barbecue is situated anyway, it also means you reduce your power consumption as you make use of the natural light. Lighting every room in the inside of your house so you don’t lose any small children in there takes a lot of energy, you know.
Transport in groups
Driving back and forth from your home to drop off or collect the kids is not only incredibly tiring, it also adds a great deal to your carbon footprint. Sometimes you can’t avoid this, but you certainly can organize ferrying duties so that you transport multiple children at once and drop them off or pick them up en route. If this is too much for you, consider hiring a bus, especially if you have over 30 kids coming to the party. Again, group transportation reduces pollution and saves drivers from having to find parking spaces.
Buy in bulk
You are going to have a huge bill if you buy lots of small packets of food items for a large party. It makes sense from an economic standpoint to buy in bulk. From a green perspective, it also makes sense, as buying in bulk reduces the amount of waste packaging and wrapping that you will go through on party day, and clearing up the next day will also be a lot easier.