Name: "Little Eco" (5)
Location: Purple Pear Organic Farm, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
A friend recently started hosting simple farm birthday parties on her organic farm. Given that my daughter loves farms it seemed like an obvious place to host her fifth birthday party. The party was far from the 'typical' outsourced party. It was simple, waste-free, natural, and preservative-free.
The food was simple - fruit kebabs and pop corn. A natural cordial was served in recycled glass bottles with paper straws. Farm animal drink bottle name tags, made using the you make do's old-fashioned farm party kit, were printed on recycled paper and tied on with hemp string.
There was a quick game of old-fashioned duck-duck-goose while we waited for guests to arrive. After a snack the kids went on a tour of the farm. They fed the ducks and geese, collected eggs, climbed on the tractor, we're thrilled to meet a 'real' farmer, cuddled some guinea pigs and fed the pony.
The birthday cake was a marble cake I made using natural food colours. The farm animals are schleich models that Little Eco has kept as a memento of her farm party (and were, for me, a quick and easy way to decorate the cake). The 'grass' was created by shaking some shredded coconut in a jar with green food colouring.
Then there was a seasonal story about bulbs and each child got to take home their very own baby bulb to care for.
I love that I could out-source Little Eco's birthday party, at a time that was extremely busy for me, without compromising on any of my ideals regarding waste, food and play.
Lovely - thanks Tricia! Readers, see much more of this party at Little Eco Footprints.
(Images: Tricia Hogbin)