The invitations set the tone for the party you're throwing, and lucky for green moms and dads, there are eco-friendly alternatives to the pre-packaged Bob the Builder or Barbie party sets.
Best bet: Skip the paper products and send out online invitations. Alternatively, give your guests a ring on the phone with the scoop about your kid's birthday shindig.
If you'd prefer to send a paper invite, look for cards printed with soy-based ink on recycled paper. Or make invitations and thank you notes into a craft project for your kids -- use materials from around the house to make invitations with a personal touch.
Also check out the plantable seed cards. The paper used for these special invitations is embedded with wild flower seeds that guests can plant in the yard when your party is over.
Remember, too, that not everyone is green-savvy. Don't be afraid to let them know this birthday party will be green and what that means.