My big guy just turned five years old! It’s so surreal saying, “I have a five year old”! We love birthday parties in our family, and always let the boys choose their own party theme. I was not surprised at all when Bennett asked for a Wild Kratts birthday party. You know Wild Kratts – the PBS show that features the Kratt brothers on super cool adventures learning about all sorts of creatures and their unique powers. I really think it’s a great show for kids to watch; it’s educational and entertaining. I love that the main characters are brothers, and their crew includes two powerful female characters – one is a scientist and the other a technology guru.
To bring the theme to life, we chose the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center as the perfect venue. We are members of the Arboretum and love spending time exploring the wooden-planked trails. It’s a complete gem tucked away in the middle of a bustling city. Their birthday parties are really special. For a fee, we received a large classroom with tables and chairs and a twenty-minute naturalist led program/circle time for the kids about signs of nature, such as footprints and droppings (yes, the droppings stole the show). After circle time, the each kiddo made their own creature print using clay and a mold from a real animal print. After our birthday song and cake, the kids were taken on a guided tour of grounds looking for signs of nature. Each child had a little list of scenarios to look out for and could check them off as they made their discoveries. The kids were SO cute squatting down and investigating at every turn and so proud to use their little pencils to check off their cards.
Since we were in such a beautiful nature setting and celebrating animal habitats, we continued our earth-friendly theme and served our healthy snacks on Eco-Products sugarcane compostable plates made from 100% reclaimed material. Sugarcane is a great material because it is rapidly renewable and can be used with hot and cold food – it can even be put in the microwave and freezer. We served the sparkling lemonade in Eco-Products World Art cold-beverage compostable glasses. The Eco-Products cold cups are made from Ingeo™, a plant-based bio plastic that is 100% compostable and renewable. Why compost? As the Eco-Products blog says in this article, if you don’t yet compost, you will soon. Landfill shortages and methane gas production (a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide) are two major reasons. When we lived in the Bay Area, composting was a part of our daily life. It’s so easy and kind of blows your mind how much food scraps you can save from landfills if you have a city compost service or even a backyard compost container. Sustainability is a big value for our family, and I’m grateful to companies like Eco-Products who are leading us to the future!
Custom made wooden forks made with the Wild Kratts theme from an Etsy shop by and cookies decorated like Creature Power Buttons by Sweet IzzieLu’s Custom Cookie Creations really brought our theme home. I’m going to be writing about Sweet IzzieLu’s soon because not only is it run by one of my best mama-friends, but it’s also the BEST custom cookie company ever!
The kids had a great day and so did the parents! Thank you to our amazing friends and family for helping us celebrate our sweet boy’s big day!
Big thanks to Eco-Products for supplying our plates and cups for the party. We are grateful for your sustainable products and proud to represent your brand at our party and on our site!
Author: Candace Thomas