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Going Green - Hosting an Eco-Friendly Baby Shower

Green is in, and we don’t just mean the color. Everyone is trying to be more eco-friendly these days, so why not throw a baby shower that’s good for the environment? You can still celebrate in style by following the three Rs that cut down on waste – reduce, reuse, recycle.

Here are some practical ways to keep the planet healthy:

Invites:

Forget paper and go green with online evites and RSVPs.  You can still create elegant, custom, paperless invites complete with engraved-looking type, calligraphy and photos. And it’s much easier to let your hostess know you are coming with a click of the mouse. For the rare relative who hasn’t entered the 21st century and doesn’t have email, make a friendly phone call to tell them the details and check whether they’re coming.

Food:

Think local when choosing your menu. Purchase fruits and veggies at a nearby farmer's market. If you really want to go with the “green” theme, there’s lots of food that would work: think fruit salad made with kiwi, apples and grapes, cucumber sandwiches, punch made with lime sherbet and lemon-lime soda and a cake decorated with crushed pistachios.

Dining ware

Instead of disposable paper, plastic or Styrofoam, look for plates, cups, utensils and napkins made from recycled, re-usable, biodegradable, sustainable, or organic products. Or consider renting linens, china, wine glasses and place settings, so nothing goes to waste.

Decorations:

Keep with the theme by using glass bowls filled with limes or green apples, or vases with wildflowers, branches and leaves as your table decorations. Create centerpieces by grouping individual potted plants in repurposed thrift shop mason jars that everyone gets to take home as a favor. Recycle containers like old milk crates, metal buckets and vintage chalkboards to add some flare to your tabletops. Fill a box with a bed of green grass to hold cake pops and use the board to write out your menu. For other decorations, use paper flowers, soy candles, rocks and seashells for a naturally festive look.

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Gifts:

Encourage guests to skip traditional gift wrapping methods and use earth-friendly alternatives like brown paper grocery bags and reusable gift bags. Or be sure to use compostable and biodegradeable gift wrap that’s recycled at party’s end. Ask everyone to bring their favorite children’s book to be added to the new baby’s library. Instead of buying new, encourage them to pass along a well-loved book from their own child’s shelves.

Diaper cake:

Create an all-natural, organic diaper cake with Huggies Diapers, recycled ribbons or burlap and local garden greenery to top it all off.

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Activity:

Set up a green paint station where guests create a special gift for baby. Supply wooden letters to spell out the word “BABY” or if known, the baby’s name or initials. Supply eco-friendly paints. Everyone can decorate them and add their signature or well wishes on the back of each letter for a room decoration that has lasting meaning.

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Favors:

In lieu of a giveaway, let your guests know that you have made a donation to your favorite environmental cause in their name.  Or consider giving out fair trade chocolate bars and supporting cocoa farmer cooperatives.

Check out all our Huggies Baby Shower inspiration on Pinterest and plan the perfect party! Huggies Baby Shower Planner Going Green Pinterest Board

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