An eco-friendly party on a budget…

I wanted to give my little eco-warrior an eco-friendly party this year… Within the time and money constraints I was facing. I mean I couldn’t have the party in a hut on a mountain, (where we hiked because of the carbon footprint) and ate only 100% organic produce picked by the light of the moon wearing only certified vegan flip-flops… Not yet anyway.

So how did a run of the mill, mom with a penchant for cheap imports make things reduced waste and vegetarian? Well….

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Tea with the queen of hearts

This weekend my aunt Desiree turned 50 and because she has the biggest heart EVER we wanted to spoil her for a change.

When she turned 45 all she asked was that instead of gifts we all pledged to give her a food parcel so she could start her dream of operating a soup kitchen…despite health issues keeping her from being able to work she does so much for the community that people were literally falling over their feet to help out at the party.

The theme for her party was “high tea” and each of the “girl cousins” hosted a table, it was so much fun to see everyone’s personality displayed through their tables (Mine is the one with the jars, because I love jars, duh)
I could not get pics of the hosts with their tables and with food  because pretty soon people were sitting down and my sister got sick so I was helping her out and you know, life… but here is a sneak preview 🙂

Setting up
Pretty in Pink
Wood Nymph
Regal Elegance
My Tropical tea
Peacock perfection
Classic Green
Mix and match prettiness
Lady in Red
Afro Chic
Garden party

Playdough party favors: a quick how to

For Aidy’s party I opted to give out lil gifts instead of the traditional sweetie filled loot bags (most of the kids don’t really eat sweets anyway-energetic enough thanx) I wanted something that was usebale and fit the theme – oh and something that was fairly easy to make…. so enter they basic playdough jars

I bought some plastic honey jars and stuck toy farm animals on the lids (see picture) then I used the best ever no cook play dough recipe (with a dash of vanilla essence for great smellingness) and made a batch (I lie its like 5 batches-what was I thinking inviting 32 kids?) for extra cuteness and to make sharing into jars easier  (with the help of my cousin) I made the green basic playdough into little balls, add a thank you for coming tag and TADAH! cute little thank you gifts…

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