My eldest son had his 5th birthday party the other week. It was Titanic themed as, for some unknown reason, he has been obsessed with the ill-fated ship for nearly a year now. He can tell you every detail about that ship – when and where it was built, numbers on board, numbers who died (by class no less), what they ate on board, etc. He tells you all this, even if you don’t ask!
I flew back from the US the day before the party, so I did order in pre-made sandwiches as I knew I would not be able to bake all the bread needed in time, and I also bought pre-made crisps and biscuits. But my wonderful friend, Ferhana (who shares an office with me so is used to me going on about being plastic free), lent me some reusable plastic plates and cups and I also did plastic free party bags.
I used paper party bags (as opposed to the usual thin plastic ones), bought only sweets in paper packaging, and instead of the usual plastic toys, each child got a packet of seeds and a couple of biodegradable plant pots.
I was worried the kids would not like them, but the parents have told me how much the children have enjoyed growing the seeds.
So, to conclude, not quite a plastic free party, but nearly!
p.s. here is the cake. We got a local cake maker to do it, as no, I would not have been able to do anything like that myself! Hamish is dressed as Jack from the film!