So what about presents?
Well, many parents figure that their kids have too many toys anyway, and a birthday party is only going to add more to the heap. Some green parents go the "no presents but your presence" route, asking guests to bring only themselves to the party. Others ask guests to bring books, toys to donate to a local shelter or experience gifts such as tickets to a local zoo or museum.
Be sure to let your guests know if you'd prefer to skip the gifts, prefer donations or request that any gifts be wrapped in newspaper, fabric or in a reusable gift bag.
Tip: "Reduce, reuse, and recycle" by offering up outgrown toys or clothing instead of new goods.