Pinterest-Perfect Birthday Parties That Don’t Rape the Earth


A friend who shall remain unnamed (but she knows who she is) recently shared some pictures of the Frozen-themed birthday party she threw for her daughter. Every detail was perfect; truly, I was deeply impressed. I thought of pinning photos of the party on Pinterest. But then something stopped me in my tracks: The ice cream she served wasn’t organic. (I can tell just by looking at it. I have a finely tuned organic sense.)

It turns out, that was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Were the plates, napkins and utensils made from recycled materials? No. Were the balloons and other decorations BPA-free? No. Were the party guests ethnically diverse? NO.

Thank god I didn’t post the photos of this party on Pinterest, or like them on her blog, Instagram feed or Facebook page.

You know, there’s an article going around this week where a mother proudly declares that’s she’s done making her kid’s childhood magical. For shame. Of course we should fill our children’s lives with magic — beautiful, aesthetically pleasing, environmentally sound, cruelty-free, gluten-free, artisanal magic. If we can’t do that, then what business do we have being mothers, I ask you.

My little darlings just texted me: They’re ready for mommy to pick them up from composting class. Then we’ll swing by the homeless shelter with some homemade detox juice (the cayenne gives it such a kick), pick up daddy from the rock climbing gym, and watch the PBS NewsHour as a family.

Tip of the week: When throwing a birthday party, ask yourself, WWMEDTWLGOP? (What Would Mother Earth Do That Would Look Good On Pinterest?)

Til next week!
Love and abundance,


Melody is the creation of Amanda Hirsch. Follow Melody on FacebookTumblr and Twitter. Namaste.



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