I want to share with you how I threw a zero waste gender reveal party for my little bambino! This is a peak into my personal life and how I make zero waste work in even the most challenging situations. Having beautifully decorated parties with delicious food can be simple, inexpensive, and waste free with a little planning.
- Mini Fruit Pizzas
- Homemade Punch
- Mixed Nuts
Zero Waste Party Tip #1: Seriously, utilize the bulk sections of your grocery stores as much as possible! This is such a time saver when grabbing snacks for a party and it saves you money!
For the cake, everything was purchased from the bulk section, even the decorating sugar which I got in bulk while visiting some family in Chicago some time ago, except the eggs which I get locally and the butter that has compostable packaging. I decided to do the pinata style cake where colored M&Ms pour out when you slice it. I just thought it was fun. The candy I got from the bulk section as well. I used some thread, an old greeting card, and some chopsticks from a Chinese restaurant to make a fun cake topper. I used an existing cake plate I already owned with a lid instead of getting the cardboard cake boards.
The fruit was all purchased package free from the produce section. With the exception of some frozen strawberries that I had from last year’s harvest. That was obviously package free.
The mini fruit pizzas were made from the package free produce, dry ingredients from the bulk bins and a vegan cream cheese made with cashews — from the bulk bins.
Zero Waste Party Tip #2: Borrow, borrow, borrow! Why go out and buy a bunch items that you’ll barely use when you can borrow them from someone else? I didn’t have enough plates, a punch bowl, glasses, or a cake server so I called family who graciously donated the items for the day. Money saved!
Zero Waste Party Tip #3: For decorating, I wanted to avoid the cliche disposable banners and decorations so I opted for some fresh flowers that I picked up from my local florist who wrapped them in compostable paper for me. I love fresh flowers! I rarely ever get them so when I do I make sure to utilize them as much as possible. When the roses begin to wilt, I plan on making some sugar scrubs with the petals and will give it to my mother-in-law for helping me with the party.
All in all, it was so much fun sharing this moment with the ones I care about. I’ll cherish it forever. I’m so glad that I decided to focus on trash-less alternatives for this event because when you think about it, do we ever really remember the decorations or is it the moments that always resonate in our minds?
And I almost forgot….
It’s a Boy!