Earth Day Cookies and Picnic for the Planet


Earth Day Cookies-TidyMom

Earth Day is about celebrating the planet that we live on, it’s a time to focus on building a clean, healthy, diverse world for today and future generations. 

Our planet does a lot for us, we should take it out for lunch. 

So grab a blanket, a basket of food and head to your favorite park or outdoor spot and help the Nature Conservancy set a world record with the largest picnic celebration

I made Earth Day cookies! Heather is a stylist at an Aveda salon, and they are celebrating Earth Month as well, so she asked if I could make some cookies for the salon.

To make these Earth Day Cookies you will need

Earth Day cookie - TidyMom

To make the globe Cookies:

Flood entire cookie with blue icing, then use green to make continents (no need to be exact, you just want the effect)

If you want to write on the cookies, let them dry a few hours before writing “Earth Day”

Roayl Icing 102

To make Smiley Face Cookies

  • blue and green icing (using Callye’s 20-second rule for the consistency) in squeeze bottle
  • blue and green icing, piping consistency, in icing bags with coupler and #5 tip

Flood entire cookie in either blue or green.  Let dry about an hour, then pipe opposite color for eyes and mouth.

Happy Earth Day cookies-TidyMom

To make square cookies

Follow same instructions as above, using square cookies.

On and around April 22, The Nature Conservancy will encourage people all around the world to celebrate the planet we live on by stepping outside and enjoying good food with great company.

In 2011, the inaugural Picnic for the Planet was a great success with thousands of people joining more than 600 picnics in 61 countries on all seven continents.  We even held our own virtual picnic on many of our blogs.

2012:  Bigger and Better!

For Earth Day 2012 (April 22), The Nature Conservancy will once again ask people to get outside and join the world’s largest picnic celebration. And this year we are going to make it official: we will attempt to set the world record for the most people picnicking in a 24-hour period. Web visitors can either browse the Conservancy-sponsored picnic events around the world, including in cities like Seattle, Boston and Melbourne, Australia, or sign up to host a picnic with family and friends. Anyone who holds a Picnic for the Planet with at least 25 people can download the materials to be officially included in the record-breaking attempt.

Please join me and a group of friends and fellow bloggers in celebrating Earth Day this year by having a picnic for the planet.  What better way to celebrate the Earth Day than with a picnic?

Picnic for the Planet Basket Giveaway


To make you picnic planning easier, and help spread the word, we are each giving away a filled picnic basket! (total value approximately $75 USD)

  • Coleman Collapsible canvas basket lined with gingham fabric
  • Official Picnic for the Planet merchandise (water bottle, tee, blanket, temporary tattoo)
  • Reusable bamboo utensil set by To-Go Ware
  • Popchips
  • Peeled Snacks organic dried fruit
  • Green and Black chocolate bar
  • Back to Nature crackers and cookies
  • Burt’s Bees chapstick


Simply leave a comment on this post telling me what what changes you have made or plan to make to help care for our planet.  That’s it! (if you are reading this post via email, please note that you must enter on the blog post, NOT by replying to the email)

Earn Extra Entries

For additional chances to win this picnic basket and for some fantastic picnic ideas for Earth Day, be sure to visit these other sites this week:

Official Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only. Void where prohibited . Must be over 18. Giveaway will end on April 22 2012 at 11:59 pm CST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. TidyMom, and The Nature Conservancy are not responsible for lost or undelivered emails.

Good Luck!


Disclaimer:The Nature Conservancy provided the baskets for this giveaway.

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329 Responses to “Earth Day Cookies and Picnic for the Planet”

  1. Michelle posted on April 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm (#

    I like your facebook page

  2. suzanne posted on April 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm (#

    My husband and I share 1 car. We don’t buy water in bottles we reuse a 5 gal jug and fill it with reverse osmosis water. We don’t eat meat!

  3. Charlotte posted on April 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm (#

    We recycle and take our own bags to market.

  4. Stacia posted on April 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm (#

    I use reuseable bags as often as I can remember!

  5. Stacia posted on April 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm (#

    I am a Facebook fan of yours! (That’s how I found out about this!)

  6. Jenna posted on April 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm (#

    I try to offer items on Freecycle as often as I can. I’d rather see items get a second life by going to someone who can use them instead of filling up landfills.

  7. Elain Ponce De Leon posted on April 16, 2012 at 11:04 pm (#

    we recycle and compost everything we can. we also bring our own reusable bags to the grocery stores.

  8. Zee posted on April 17, 2012 at 2:50 am (#

    wow this looks amazing!

  9. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on April 17, 2012 at 3:00 am (#

    Love your Earth Day cookies! I’m sure everyone at Heather’s salon was super impressed when they saw these.

  10. Carolyn posted on April 17, 2012 at 5:10 am (#

    Oh those are so cute! Perfect for our little giveaway (don’t include me!).

  11. Culinary Favorites From A to Z posted on April 17, 2012 at 6:26 am (#

    Fabulous cookies & contest. I’ll be sharing it on my Facebook & Twitter pages. Please don’t count this as an entry for I reside outside of the U.S.

  12. Diana posted on April 17, 2012 at 6:35 am (#

    Recycling more than ever! Happy Earth Day!

  13. shirley posted on April 17, 2012 at 7:21 am (#

    cute cookies! I’m going to keep recycling!

  14. Melissa Roberts posted on April 17, 2012 at 7:50 am (#

    I have been recycling more, a lot more…and keeping the kids in check doing the same.

    Every earth day with the Girl Scouts we color grocery bags and spread the word!

    WOW thanks for an opportunity to win big!!

    Happy Earth Day!


  15. Melissa Roberts posted on April 17, 2012 at 7:51 am (#

    I tweeted about this …

    thqnks again..


  16. Flor posted on April 17, 2012 at 8:01 am (#

    I do several things to help save our earth! I use re-useable grocery bags. I carry foldable re-usable bags in my purse for those quick runs to the store. When I make small gift baskets I use things like re-usable strawberry containers. I love your cookies! thanks for the opportunity to win!

  17. Shannon A posted on April 17, 2012 at 8:13 am (#

    We have been turning off all the lights when we are not using them. Thanks,

  18. Natalie posted on April 17, 2012 at 8:31 am (#

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! My kids and I are walking to school every day, now that the weather is finally warming up! Good for the planet, good for our bodies and good for my wallet!

  19. Natalie posted on April 17, 2012 at 8:31 am (#

    I like you on facebook!

  20. Natalie posted on April 17, 2012 at 8:32 am (#

    I’m following you on Pinterest!

  21. Laura posted on April 17, 2012 at 8:36 am (#

    We recycle, compost and pack litterless lunches for school. We’ll also be helping to plant 10,000 trees this Saturday!

  22. gail posted on April 17, 2012 at 9:18 am (#

    i am recycling more

  23. gail posted on April 17, 2012 at 9:19 am (#

    liked both on fb

  24. Ann posted on April 17, 2012 at 9:21 am (#

    I love Earthday! I own a Salon and recycle as much as we can! We compost and buy organically. Reuse Recycle Reuse!

  25. Kailey posted on April 17, 2012 at 10:01 am (#

    I am going to start recycling all the time instead of just some of the time

  26. Deborah posted on April 17, 2012 at 10:02 am (#

    These are seriously amazing!!

  27. Tammie posted on April 17, 2012 at 10:10 am (#

    We have a rain barrel. It’s great! We use it for all outdoor watering and it’s amazing how just one rain shower will fill it.

  28. Geekdad248 posted on April 17, 2012 at 10:17 am (#

    we’re trying to reduce the amount of electricity we use around the house

  29. Geekdad248 posted on April 17, 2012 at 10:17 am (#

    I followed the nature conservancy on twitter @geekdad248

  30. Geekdad248 posted on April 17, 2012 at 10:18 am (#

    I LIKED the nature conservancy on Facebook

  31. Connie Bolick Lee posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:20 am (#

    I try to recycle everything I can and I also love planting new trees and flowers.

  32. Connie Bolick Lee posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:23 am (#

    I like Nature Conservancy and Tidymom on facebook

  33. Connie Bolick Lee posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:25 am (#

    I follow Tidymom on twitter and I tweeted the giveaway

  34. Marin D posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:30 am (#

    I am recycling more. There is a great recycling program at my work and I have been working to better utilize it.

  35. emily posted on April 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm (#

    We walk or take public transportation as much as possible. Use reusable bags when shopping, have a native garden, compost, etc.

  36. Claudia Barragan posted on April 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm (#

    I liked The Nation Conservancy on FB. I got a Brita bottle water with filtration system for refills and stop buying plastic bottles of water.

  37. Kristina Vanni posted on April 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm (#

    These are so bright and cheery! Sure to get anyone in the spirit of earth day!

  38. Christi posted on April 17, 2012 at 4:54 pm (#

    We recycle, compost, use reusable shopping bags, and have an organic garden in our backyard.

  39. Heather posted on April 17, 2012 at 7:27 pm (#

    I am doing “buy no new clothes 2012″ to consume less and focus on using what I have.

  40. Sondra posted on April 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm (#

    We recycle. Not as much as we could but it’s a work in progress.

  41. Sondra posted on April 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm (#

    I follow TidyMom on Pinterest.

  42. Heather K Miller posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm (#

    We have started recycling at our house. My family wasn’t on board, but after just over 2 years of hearing me say “that’s recyclabe” and seeing me take things out of the garbage to put into the recycling cans, they are finally jumping on the recycling train!

  43. Heather K Miller posted on April 18, 2012 at 12:02 am (#

    I am following TidyMom on Pinterest!

  44. Andrea hansen posted on April 18, 2012 at 12:36 am (#

    We use reusable bags at the grocery store

  45. terry posted on April 18, 2012 at 7:55 am (#

    I am working toward a goal of minimal waste. Recycling and re-using. Also purchasing locally and organically.

  46. Jennifer posted on April 18, 2012 at 11:13 am (#

    We just moved to a new neighborhood that is wonderful about recycling. They supply a HUGE recycling bin (the same size as our regular garbage bin) so I’m very motivated to recycle everything. I’ve also switched a lot of my cleaners to more “green” options. Not only are they better for the environment, but better for my family and dog, too :)

  47. Russell at Chasing Delicious posted on April 18, 2012 at 11:57 am (#

    These are the cutest cookies ever!! My neighborhood finally got recycling bins that are bigger than our rubbish bins so I am going to go recycling crazy! I don’t use one-use plastic bags at grocery stores anymore. I’m starting a compost bin and I grow herbs, fruits and veggies to cut down on that footprint my food takes up. I only use all natural cleaners, detergents and products in the house to avoid chemicals getting into the water and out into the soil. I love our planet!

  48. Sage posted on April 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm (#

    Hanging laundry on the line and using the dryer less. Great giveaway!

  49. Madi posted on April 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm (#

    I avoid bottled water at all costs! I also try to bring my own bags to the grocery store

  50. Angela posted on April 18, 2012 at 5:40 pm (#

    We keep a bucket to capture shower water while its heating up….we use it to water the plants.


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