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Low-Waste Party Ideas (with Laser Tag!)

Posted on April 15, 2022

         

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! #7 Eco-Friendly Party Ideas

Host an eco-friendly party with Laser Tag! Here are #7 great ideas for you. 

Who loves parties? It's a chance to celebrate what's special to us. 

And if you are anything like me, we all need a bit of celebrating nowadays! But they can be OTT on plastic. 

From decorations to food packaging, goodie bags and presents; there can be a surprising amount of plastic involved.  

Here are some easy ideas to help you protect the planet without missing out on an awesome party.

With a bit of planning, you can enjoy a low-waste party.

Low-waste events are possible with a few simple swaps and little ingenuity.

Let's go! 

 

Eco-Tip #1 - INVITATIONS

Invitations are an important part of your party planning. 

Be sure to send out your invites well in advance so your party guests can save the date. I'd go for at least 3 weeks prior.  

Your invitations should include the following:

  • the party's date 
  • the time
  • the location  
  • a way to RSVP & the RSVP date

Feel free to include any other special information your guests need to know, like if your celebration is a sleepover or surprise. Make sure to also include a date to RSVP by so that you can accommodate all of your party guests. 

While sometimes it is necessary to post out formal invites, now you can send invitations virtually. 

You can email, message or even text your guest list. On our website, we have several designs which you can attach to your message. 

FREE PARTY INVITES


Of course, you want your Facebook Event to look cool. We want to make that easy for you. So we've created a free Facebook Event Cover Image for you. All you need to do is to select the cover image that best suits your child's party, save it to your laptop or desktop computer and then upload it as your event's cover image. 

 

Eco-Tip #2 - DECORATIONS 

Decorate Mindfully.

When I was a kid, my sisters and I loved to make box-folded streams. They look fancy but they are actually super easy to make. All you need is two contrasting colour rolls of crepe paper streams, some sticky tape, and a bit of time.  

What's better than your own hand-made party decor?

Crepe paper is a great option for low-waste parties because it can be often be recycled or composted. 

You can, of course, make them with two rolls of the same colour crepe paper. But I think they look more dramatic with the contrasting colours. 

It is a good idea to match the colours with the overall colour theme of your party. 

For example, if you are throwing a Fortnite party then you might select purple and blue.

Skip the disposable decorations in favour of ones you can use year after year.

If you want to have even more themed decor then you can hire fabric bunting from us!

This bunting is fantastic because it isn't single-use. 

CAMO BUNTING HIRE


Or why not hunt around your backyard for some festive flore?

A vase of freshly cut flowers and grennery from your garden can make your home look and feel terrific.

 

Did you know that Glitter is actually made from plastic?

So instead you could make some homemade confetti with a hole-puncher with leftover paper. 


 

Eco-Tip #3 - PARTY-WARE / TABLE DECORATIONS

Skip the plastic tablecloth.

Instead, you can rent a themed tablecloth, actually made of cloth! 


CHECK IT OUT



Choose cloth instead of Paper

Instead of using single use paper napkins, offer guests a cloth napkin.

Because you can launder the napkins, you can use them again and again.

Check out these linen napkins from Spotlight.

 

Eco-Tip #4 - WALL DECORATIONS 

These days a party didn't happen if it is not on social media somewhere.

Whether you're making a TikTok #lasertaginabox or just sharing with the fam. 

It's important to set the scene. It can be a great idea to set up a backdrop or two around the party area. 

You could buy wall decor from eBay or other party supply stores. But often they are made of plastic.  

Instead, for a low-waste option, why not hire a camo net?

These are big, flexible and reusable.

Set it up for your party and when it's all done, just return it us. 

CHECK IT OUT

 

Eco-Tip #5 - PARTY FOOD

Some parties I've been to seem like every individual food item is wrapped in its own plastic!


(Remember they days when plastic straws even wrapped in plastic!!) 

One twist on a popular idea is a Charcuterie board, but with hot dogs!

Charcuterie?

It's a fancy name for a board with a selection of meats!

But who would have thought of a hot-dog charcuterie board!! Love it. 

Hot dogs are great because you can eat them without plastic utensils.

For the sweets, homemade fudge, cut up and wrapped in paper (not plastic!) is a great way to keep individual servings without waste.

hot dot charcuterie board

Eco-Tip #6 - PARTY DRINKS

Why not offer your guests a real glass?

Drinking from a real glass is so much nicer than a plastic one, and so much less wasteful.

For younger party-goers consider brighly coloured aluminium tumblers.

You can get them from camping stores or online, like this set of anondised cups from Victoria's Basement.

Or if you don't have budget to buy new, consider hunting for some cool ones at a thrift shop.

Oftentimes, drinks at the store come in large plastic bottles.

These almost always get up in the bin soon after the party is over.

Instead, when you are selecting your drinks, keep a lookout for glass bottles.

These can be reused in your home or recycled after the party! Many juices come in glass bottles, even at your local supermarket.

Plus, many shops now sell zero plastic cups for parties. You can combine the crepe paper with these cups to add a splash of colour too!

aluminium tumblers

 

Eco-Tip #7 - WRAPPING PAPER 

One thing that is used and discarded quick as look at you is wrapping paper.

But here is a great idea to reduce waste - a reusable pass the parcel bag set. 

I found this one on ETSY with a superhero theme. 

Going one step further you could also consider birthday present bags made of material, rather than wrapping paper. 


SEE IT ON ETSY
pass the parcel reusable

 

SUMMARY: ECO-FRIENDLY PARTY TIPS

Rent some party decor. Or if you buy them, store them so you can re-use them for future parties. Or recycle the items that can be recycled (such as the paper, or compose the leftover food).  

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! 

Let us know how you hosted an eco-friendly, low-waste, party on our Facebook page. 

Tag us with #lasertaginabox so we can see your photos and reels. 

For more party tips check out the rest of our blogs. 

 

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