Spring Baby Showers – Three Tips for Keeping it Green

It’s spring, Earth Day is right around the corner, and if you are planning a baby shower (either for yourself or for someone you love!) your attention is focused on all kinds of new beginnings – a new season for the growing family as well as the world outdoors!  What a great time to take a look at your baby shower plans and think about keeping it clean and green.

Here are three ideas to help “Green” your shower.

Seed Paper Invitations

If you love the touch and feel of paper invitations, seed paper is a great option that has a use long after your party has passed – especially in the springtime!

Seed paper has wild flower seeds pressed into the paper itself, so once guests have gathered the information they need from your invitation, they can plant the paper and enjoy growing flowers through the coming spring and summer months.  For a fun project, you can make your own seed paper (see http://climatekids.nasa.gov/seed-paper/ for directions), or you can buy adorable seed paper invitations like the one pictured here from sellers like Botanical PaperWorks (www.botanicalpaperworks.com).

Double-Duty Decorations

Decorations that can do double-duty, both making the party look festive and later becoming gifts for baby, are a favorite way to keep baby showers green. Here is an adorable centerpiece made of cloth diapers from www.theconnectedmom.com that fits the bill.  Onesies, nursing pads, wash cloths, and baby blankets are other useful gifts that can be folded into beautiful decorations.

Shower Mom With online casino slot gambling Love

There are definitely gifts that help parents care for their new babies.  But more than anything that can be wrapped up and presented in a box, new moms need love.  They need to know that they are part of a community.  They need to kn

ow that they are entering into a new chapter of their parenting journey with support.  Creating an activity or a project to remind mom of all the people who stand behind her can have a deep and lasting effect.

Here’s an idea we love that provides a centering activity at a shower, re-purposes plastic containers, and creates beautiful suncatcher flowers: http://www.thechocolatemuffintree.com/2011/04/recycled-bottle-flower-sun-catchers.html.

Recycled Bottle Sun Catchers Baby Shower Craft

Imagine how this could unfold at a shower.  Guests gather together with the mom-to-be, and begin layering on colorful squares of tissue paper.  With each tissue paper square, guests can share a wish or intention for the mother, the birth, the baby, or the parenting journey that lies ahead.  As the layers of tissue paper grow and add richness to the flowers, the mother’s sense of being loved and supported grows as well.  In the end, the guests have shared from the heart and mom has a beautiful, springy reminder to carry with her through the final weeks of her pregnancy and into the early days with her new baby.

Did you have a baby shower when you were expecting your baby?  Or do you have a shower coming up?  What are your favorite ideas for keeping baby showers fun, meaningful and green?

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