Earth Day Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Earth Day event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.

Earth Day is a time to honor the sanctity and value of our global home, the planet Earth; on this day people raise their voices in common song, with the help of music that celebrates the planet, its people, and its many bountiful resources.

Any good Earth Day playlist will include both socially conscious and celebratory songs; tunes that will inspire both thought and dance, in equal measure. They could include:

Save the Planet Song by Michael Droste and Jeffrey Walker
God is Green by Damien Horne
Planet Earth by Duran Duran
From a Distance by Bette Midler
Heal the World by Michael Jackson
We Are the World by USA for Africa
Where Have All the Flowers Gone? by Peter, Paul and Mary
Earth Day party supplies make additional nice touches to any environmentally conscious festivity. All tableware should be recyclable, of course, and should come in hues of green and pristine ivory. Globes of rubber and paper mache could hang from the ceiling, and faux or real samplings of flowers and real trees could be placed throughout the party area. Take-home party favors could include plant and tree seeds, as well as small booklets that include practical tips for making the world a better, healthier place. Game idea: take a clear container, then fill with candy, toys or other objects and have the guests guess the number of items inside. Photos provide such lasting memories; take time to designate someone as the photographer at a social occasion. Gather up some leftover brown packing boxes, wrap them in a matching theme color design and place them throughout the event space for instant decorations.

Earth Day is the perfect time for homemade party supplies such as handmade flower bouquets, centerpieces and candles. Most often an Earth Day is held in a park and is quite entertaining for all that attend. Homemade party supplies and party goods such as handmade party streamers, balloon bouquets and handmade banners will add a great deal to the Earth Day festivities. These handmade party supply items, along with inflatables, beach balls and Frisbees for the kids will be welcomed additions to the celebration.

Homemade Earth Day t-shirts and handmade hats are just a couple of the unique homemade party supplies that can be made for Earth Day. These homemade party supplies along with other party supplies like Earth Day paper plates, napkins and cups will speak volumes regarding Earth Day.

Planning and preparation for Earth Day activities will be much easier with homemade Earth Day signs, flags and banners. These items, along with other Earth Day party supplies such as an assortment of inflatable globes, noise makers and glow sticks will be great additions to the celebration.

Creating a homemade Earth Day t-shirt can be quite easy. Using a white t-shirt and fabric paint outline your design and then paint it. After it is painted add, “Earth Day,” and the year to commemorate the festivities. This simple craft will be a welcomed addition to the festivities and more thank likely receive a great review.

This should be something that is an every day event, but to put a reminder to people go with a Earth Day theme cake to help them remember. To start off with, select the a cake mix that is boxed in recycled material to help out the environment. Make the cake as per the directions on the box, in this case go with a yellow cake to represent the sun in the sky. Keeping on the same theme, choose a white frosting that by adding blue dye it can be turned into the color of the sky and applied to the cake. Once done with each of the packages the items came in, make sure to set them aside for proper recycling. The cake is in honor of the day and remembering to recycle is just part of the process. Once the cake has been baked and allowed to cool, then it is time for the frosting. Spread the frosting evenly over the cake, then take some green icing and add things to the cake like grass or design an image in icing of Earth itself. Write on the cake a message about the day and remembering to do one’s part to help protect the planet.

Earth Day celebrations mixes with a political thought. Proof of the media’s impact on the world today, it was not until the full throttle report put out by the New York Times that the environmental awareness sought by Senator Gaylord Nelson really took on some steam. For seven years prior to the actual Earth Day grassroots movement, Senator Nelson had tried to gain the proper respect and recognition he felt the environment deserved.

Beginning in 1962, Nelson purposed to President Kennedy the idea of a national conservation tour, which was an attempt to bring political attention to the needs of the environment, composed of a five day trek covering eleven states to spread environmental awareness. Although this seemed to be what would break into the public’s attention, it did not. It seemed the people were troubled by the environments degradation but the public policy was not following that concern. Earth Day did not come about until six long years later.

Noticing the interest being captured by the press within the student anti-war movements over the Vietnam War, an idea came to Senator Nelson. Creating an “anti-war movement” but directing the concern to the environment rather than any actual war. The hope was that this demonstration of concern for the environment would generate press and public awareness and in so stimulate the public policy to take action in areas of environmental interest. You can also incorporate an environmental theme into your Veteran‘s Day celebrations to keep up the movement.

Five months prior to the demonstration, the New York Times, ran a lengthy article on the intent of the grassroots movement purposed by Senator Nelson. The response was overwhelmingly supportive of such an expression. Contacts of every kind were coming into the Senators office from every corner of the country. Needless to say, the accumulation of twenty million demonstrators backed by thousands of schools and communities organized and finally grabbed the political attention the environment so rightly deserved. It is this day in history that marked the first Earth Day and is an annual observed holiday on America calendars yet today.

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Earth Day History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Earth Day theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

The birth of Modern Environment made history in 1970. And each April 22nd it is celebrated as Earth Day.

1970 marked such an exciting time in history. Fiber optics was discovered, Apollo 13 spaceship was a failure but everyone survived, and the Beatles delivered their last album together. Many rock stars died of drug overdoses, and Kent State had its famous shootings as the world watched horrified.

The founder of Earth Day was Gaylord Nelson. He was a Senator from Wisconsin, and he proposed a nationwide protest for the environment. It was meant to shake up the establishment and force the issue into the national agenda. And it worked.

People and industries polluted without remorse. And the environment was in trouble. Denis Hayes coordinated the national demonstration on the first Earth Day, and twenty million Americans showed up for it. They rallied coast-to-coast for a healthier, sustainable environment. Finally, environmental groups that had been fighting against factories polluting the air and water, and oil spills and the like, realized that they were not alone. They were getting support from people of all walks of life.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was formed due to the first Earth Day, and there were several acts passed, as well. These were the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act. The founder, Senator Nelson, was awarded the highest honor that could be give to a civilian in America. It was the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In 1990, Earth Day was celebrated throughout the world. Two hundred million people from 141 countries participated in the campaign, and it helped create the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Today, recycling efforts continue, as well as the constant attempt to improve our air and drinking water and eliminate pollution altogether. Decorations help transform a room into something more for that special day so look forward to learning some exciting and creative ideas. If you specify the type of clothing for a social event like summer causal, give a few examples of what is acceptable and more importantly what isn't. Decorations help transform a room into something more for that special day so look forward to learning some exciting and creative ideas. The history of Earth Day has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Earth Day to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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