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Green Baby Shower


How to Throw Green Baby Shower

Many of us have taken our first steps toward eco-living by reducing waste in our homes, consuming organic and sustainable products, and ridding our living spaces of toxic materials and chemicals. It only makes sense to put even more emphasis on Green living when preparing for the arrival of a baby, not only to provide them with the most natural and healthy start in life, but also to set a great example from the beginning. Here are some tips for Green Baby Shower;


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  • The most eco-friendly way of inviting guests is to go paperless and use online invitations, such as Evite
  • For a more formal approach, try purchasing invitations on 100% recycled paper printed with nontoxic ink.
  • If you don't want to go paperless, a new trend emerging is to use "plantable invitations", printed on special seed paper, which when planted in soil produce wildflowers! What a wonderful eco-friendly way to remember a special event in your life!
  • Use your invitations to encourage guest to package all gifts in reusable bags/baskets or organic cotton blankets
  • Finally, you can always make homemade invitations using recycled paper and pressed flowers for an earthy organic touch.
  • Decorate the place with items Mom can use. To welcome guests, one idea is to string a clothesline pinned with baby clothes and toys above the front door.
  • Use small potted native plants and flowers to decorate around the room and/or as lovely center-pieces that can also be given away at the end as prizes!
  • Use soy candles to create ambiance/ mood. You can put the candles in clean baby food jars for a cute effect.
  • Instead of using a guest book, use 1 or 2 (depending on the shower size) organic cotton onesies and have guests leave messages in permanent marker with non-toxic ink (if possible!) This fabulous little “Surya” onesie is perfect to welcome the newest little SUNshine in everyone’s life! After the shower, frame the onesie (s) for mom and baby!
  • Serve fresh, organic fruit, and if possible, go to your local Farmer’s Market to pick out what is the ripest in your area! Another great idea is to use some of the same fresh, local organic fruit to make smoothies or even fresh squeezed juices.
  • To serve more elaborate food, try to choose a local restaurant specializing in organic or even organic local foods to cater the event.
  • To reduce waste, use ceramic dishes, drinking glasses, silverware, and linens, instead of opting for disposables.
    Throw a “Casserole Shower” where guests each make one healthy, delicious casserole and put it in a dish for mom to freeze and eat during those first couple of weeks when sleep, let alone cooking is just not an option. This can be a very touching and thoughtful theme for a shower. The key here is to make sure to suggest healthy, delicious recipes using natural and organic ingredients.
Green Gifts & Wrap 
  • T08A002R_72.jpgCreat Green Gift Registry or send Eco-friendly e-gift certificate.
  • Suggest guests buy organic cotton clothing. Another fun activity is to have guests decorate organic Baby T’s or kimono using water based eco-friendly inks. This is a great activity that also allows guests to take their creations with them.
  • Suggest guests bring hand-me-downs to be recycled. Most babies simply outgrow items rather than wear them out. Another spin on this is to actually theme the shower as a “mini-swap meet” where guests bring gently used items for the new mom or to be exchanged amongst each other.
  • Another great activity is to have contests/raffle featuring green and eco-friendly prizes. You can also offer a prize to the moms who carpool OR if biking or walking are possible, encourage and award for arriving on bike or foot! One prize no one can resist is yummy organic chocolate chip cookies!
  • Hand everyone a gift to open together as a group.
  • One very thoughtful idea for mother’s of second or third, etc. children is to suggest guests donate to a savings account set-up for the new baby. This is an excellent idea for mothers who already have everything they need.
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