How to plan a less waste birthday party on a budget


As we arrive to the end of plastic free July that doesn’t mean that we can forget about reducing our plastic footprint.

Plastics and their byproducts are still a major problem since they are still polluting our cities, oceans, and waterways, and contributing to health problems in humans and animals.


If you can remember from my last post, I was a bit disappointed for not being able to use reusable bags at the grocery store due to COVID but now I'm back at it. This was fantastic news because throughout the month of July I challenged myself to eliminate the amount of plastic I used in a few creative ways. Nonetheless, the one plastic free action that was outstanding on my list was planning my less waste birthday party. Of course with the help of some friends, we tried our best to eliminate the amount of plastic used at traditional birthday celebrations.


Step 1:

We reduce the amount of single use plastic cups, plates and utensils by using other alternatives such as:

1. Mason jars ($1.50 each at dollar store)

2. Paper plates ($1.00 a pack at dollar store)

3. Stainless steel utensils (already had at home)




Step 2:

Choose a theme that is easy yet fun where you can make a DIY costume/ attire or just find something festive to wear in your closet.

For example:

Theme - Carnival/ Tropical

1. I made a DIY top using an old bra and some sequence from the dollar/ craft store

2. A floral dress, shirt, skirt

3. Any colourful dress or top/bottom

*Anything you feel comfortable wearing*


Step 3:

In terms of food and drinks its better to have home-made touch to go with your theme.

For example:

1. Traditional dishes/ Finger foods

2. Home made drinks

3. Home made treats and deserts




It took about 2-3 days to get everything for the overall party ready. Remember to just shop around and I hope you find these steps useful for reducing your waste when planning your next party!


Please feel free to write in the comments and share what plastic free action stood out for you this month of July?



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