Guess what? At Sarika & Sage, it’s party time! Celebrations are back in full swing, and we’ve got just the right amount of eco-inspired party decoration ideas to get your little bees buzzing! Cue the plant-dyed bunting and string up the flower-covered happy birthday sign … welcome to our ultimate eco-friendly birthday party! 

This month, we are empowering your sustainable party-planning skills, and we’ve got the perfect, creative party solutions that will not only save you money: but will inspire you to embrace the gifts that mother nature provides.

A very special guest joins us this month to share her top 12 eco-friendly ideas to make your party shine! Ebony from @wild.little.whimsy has allowed us to share a behind the scenes look at her daughters nature party and I have a feeling you are going to love it just as much as we do.

Are you keen to adopt a more eco-minded way of celebrating birthdays?   

Whether decorating at home or outside: unleash your green-collared mastery with our list of party-friendly tips to creating an oasis of earthly inspiration!

The Top 12 Eco-friendly Ideas To Make Your Party Shine

1. LEAF INVITATIONS:

Organising a birthday and keen to go paper-free while adding a touch of whimsy? Why not find some luscious green leaves with plenty of space to write an enchanted message for a fairy or elf-inspired party? Simply take a non-toxic and pigment based gelly roll pen, write down each invite, and spread the magic!

What You Need:

medium to large green leaves, gelly roll pen in white

2. STRING ART AND FLOWERS HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIGN:

Keen to create a general welcome sign that can be reused repeatedly? Why not decorate a birthday message on a plain plank of wood? Grabbing a pencil, start by tracing out ‘happy birthday’ evenly across the top, bottom, and sides of the wood, followed by hammering in nails along the shapes of the letters. Lay your twine rope above the nails and tie them down tightly at the bottom. Finish it off by threading the flowers on top of the letters. Lay it on a table and against the wall, or hang it up on the door, and you’ve successfully made your very own eco-friendly birthday welcome sign! 

What You Need:

 plank of wood, hammer, nails, twine, garden flowers

3. FLOWERS ON STRINGS (INSTEAD OF BALLOONS):

Images by @wild.little.whimsy

Say goodbye to expensive balloons that hurt the environment, and hello to hanging flowers! Whether hung from the ceiling or along the wall, they are a creative departure that adds a twist of colour and eco- friendly vibrancy to your party! Simply take some flowers and thread them onto twine using a needle. Line them along the wall with blue tack or attach them to a branch for a ‘washing-line style’ floral display. Wonderful things can be found by foraging through nature – and it won’t cost you a cent!

What You Need:

garden flowers, twine string, needle

4. PLANT-DYED BUNTING:

Images by @wild.little.whimsy

Make some beautiful homemade bunting to add some birthday cheer to your dessert table or along the picnic table. You can create your own colourful bunting by using our earth based materials. Simply cut your sheet into 3 even pieces, dye each piece in a seperate pot until you have your desired shade, rinse under cold water and allow them to dry. Cut out some triangles and then sew/glue them onto lace, and voila! You’ve created a multi-coloured masterpiece to use again and again!

What You Need:

old white sheet, turmeric, onion skins, avocado pits, butterfly pea powder, water, old pots, lace

5. PLAYDOUGH PARTY FAVOURS:

Say goodbye to the lolly bags of yesteryear. Why not cue in those little smiling minds with the timeless fun of Playdough? Making playdough for party bags using repurposed nature paint jars is an ingenious way to create some plant-based favours. Using our range of nature hued paints and some bio glitter, create your doughs and place them in small jars with environmentally friendly packaging.

What You Need:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 cup boiled water, 1/2 tsp of nature paint per colour, 2tsp cream of tartar, 1 cup plain flour, 1/2 cup salt, plain small jars, twine, Kraft gift tags, white gelly roll pen

Instructions:

In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients. In another bowl, add in the vegetable oil, nature paint and water. Slowly add in dry ingredients and let your dough cool and then knead. If the dough feels sticky, add more flour. Add bio glitter for sparkle. Repeat this for each colour. 

6. DIY PARTY BAGS:

If you want to go that extra mile, and create party fabric bags for your nature-filled goodies, then use the remainder of the fabric from the bunting activity. Keen to embellish your bags? Tie some blossoms via the stems, and with a sewing needle, stitch them onto the bags.

7. DOUGH STAMPS:

Keen to have a stamping activity at your party, filled with woodland animal shapes and nature-inspired flowers and creatures? Why not use mother nature’s gifts, cut fallen tree branches, and glue wooden embellishments on them? Fill trays with our array of nature paint powders and create beautiful dough-filled shapes for all to enjoy!

What You Need:

fallen tree branches, wood glue, wooden embellishments, nature paint powders

8. MAGIC MESS FREE PAINTING:

Why not conduct a magic mess free painting activity at home or outdoors, with things you can find at home? In fact, why not create a menagerie of wonder, curiosity, and multi-sensory fun? In no time, you’ll arrive in Mother Nature’s fairyland: where magic dust and birthday wishes go hand-in-hand. Soak paper in cabbage water the night before so that it has time to dry. Use the lemon juice to paint and watch that magic happen with absolutely no mess! For a little bit of an experiment, you could also try paint with vinegar and then again with some bicarb soda dissolved in water.

What You Need:

lemon juice, purple cabbage water, paper

9. PRINTABLE SCAVENGER HUNT:

After the paints have been put away, enjoy more of the outdoors by scheduling in a scavenger hunt! So, line up those treasure hunters, hand out those hemp bags or baskets and may the best party guest win! Download our scavenger hunt here.

AND FINALLY … PARTY FOOD FEVER!

Keen to serve some plant-based recipes that are tasty and delicious, minus the chemicals and preservatives? Check out our tasty recipes below!

10. TOADSTOOL STRAWBERRIES

I’m sure you’ll want some healthy alternatives, so why not make these cute but simple taodstool strawberries?! Simply skewer your strawberries and dot with icing.

What you need:

strawberries, skewers, icing

11. LEAF BISCUITS:

Did someone say they’re Vegan?? Here’s a great cookie recipe!

What you need:

225g plant based butter, 1 cup of white sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 1 tbs of flax powder whisked with 3 tbs of water, 1 tsp baking powder, 3 cups of all purpose flour.

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and extract. Combine the baking powder and flour then mix into the wet ingredients 1 cup at a time. Knead the dough on a floured surface until its combined together. Roll out the dough until you have your desired thickness and chill in the freezer for 5 minutes. Cut your shapes out and bake at 180 degrees celcius for 8-10 or until golden.

If you’re looking for leaf cutters you can them here.

12. BERRY DELICIOUS CAKE:

Images by @wild.little.whimsy

For a time saver, you can buy ready-made sponge cakes, or you may have a butter cake recipe already. The main thing when icing your cake is that the cake itself should chilled (straight out of the fridge) and your butter cream icing needs to be at room temperature. This will ensure that your crumb coat glides on easily.

Here’s some more fun facts about Sarika and Sage!

  • We are a local business based in Koo Wee Rup, Victoria.
  • Our eco-friendly mission is to provide organic products to educate and inspire little minds to care about their environment.