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Earth Day- Green Ideas and Dirt Cake Recipe

Happy Earth Day! Show and celebrate your love for mother earth with some of these inspiring ideas, recipes and projects.  Get your kids involved and help them learn more about their planet and how to take care of it. Plan your next party with a Going Green theme. Attending a birthday soon, then give eco-friendly gifts. Create new environmentally conscious habits that will last all year long.

Party Invites and Greeting Cards:

Use recycled paper invitations or better yet send an online invitation from evite.comsmilebox.comjacquielawson.com

 

Party Activities:

  1. Ask your guests to make a  checklist of environment saving ideas and give out a prize for the guest with the most suggestions. Take a look at the list from Kaboose.com
  2. Have a bin with items such as water bottles, plastic bags, cans etc and have a contest to see who can turn the item into the most clever recycled object.
  3. Plant a tree or herb garden
  4. Release butterflies

 

Food and  Drink:

Try serving up dishes that are made with organic ingredients and pesticide free. Take a trip to your local farmers’ market and choose seasonal fruits and vegetables.  Avoid buying foods that have been shipped from out of state or country to help save on high fuel costs.  Instead of buying imported brie and gouda opt for artisan cheese from neighboring farms.

 

The same applies for beer and wine.  Choose smaller micro breweries and organic wines.  For non- alcoholic beverages, offer guests drinks that are packaged in recyclable materials such as aluminum cans or glass bottles.

 

Here is a clever dessert idea in keeping with the  Earth Day Theme

 

Use clean unglazed terra cotta pots to bake chocolate cakes and decorate with candied rocks and fresh mint sprigs Flower Pot Cakes

 

Here is another version geared for younger kids.

Dirt Cakes

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix

3 1/2 cups milk

1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

32 ounces chocolate sandwich cookies with creme filling

 

DIRECTIONS

Chop cookies very fine in food processor. The white cream will disappear.

Mix butter, cream cheese, and sugar in bowl.

In a large bowl mix milk, pudding and whipped topping together.

Combine pudding mixture and cream mixture together.

Layer in beach sand bucket or flower pot, starting with cookies then cream mixture. Repeat layers.

Chill until ready to serve.

Add artificial flower and trowel. Enjoy!

 

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