Hosting an important event? Celebrating a special occasion with friends and family? Whatever occasion you are celebrating, there are ways to make your bash green and earth-friendly. You might not notice it but most parties contribute to the world’s worsening trash problem. In addition, some parties lead to unnecessary food wastes. You can make a difference by throwing the ultimate party while being eco-conscious at the same time. From using disposable wood plates to handcrafting party favors, here are ways to entertain guests without harming the environment:
Go Al Fresco
Entertaining guests indoors is great when you want to create an intimate setting but if you are eco-conscious, we highly suggest taking the party outdoors. Indoor parties are not as green as outdoor parties because the setting consumes more energy. Outdoor parties, on the other hand, are more eco-friendly, you can take advantage of the natural light for the event.
At night, you can use candles and LED lights to light up the event. The best thing about outdoor parties? You and your guests are closer to nature. For casual entertaining, you can go for a picnic or beach themed party. You can also host a barbeque with friends and family. For formal events, you can arrange a candlelit dinner party under a pergola. You can also set the party on a spot surrounded by trees for a unique yet intimate dining experience.
Natural Fibers for Table Setting
It makes total sense to complement your eco-friendly party with table setting items made from natural fibers. Dress up your table with tablecloths and placements made with natural fibers. Use table setting essentials made from natural materials like rattan, reed, bamboo, etc. Reuse and even create your own vintage linens if you like, using flour sack towels, bandanas, or any type of soft material that’s absorbent and eye-catching. Do away with single-use plastics and opt for table setting items that you can reuse several times.
Using fresh flowers as centerpieces leads to a lot of waste and trash. Fresh flowers will only last for a few days and they are only used for a party for several hours before being thrown away. You can minimize waste by making your own centerpieces using earth-friendly materials. Making your own reusable centerpieces may be a lot of work but the effort is worth it knowing that none of your unwanted party decors would end up in landfills. Again, look for materials made from natural fibers to create pretty centerpieces for your party.
You can also use potted herbs, cacti, and succulents as centerpieces for your event. Just mix and match different plants. Arrange the plants in the center of the table and create contrast by adding potted flowers to the arrangement. Let your imagination run wild and you are sure to piece together a stunning centerpiece that will put guests in a party mood. Once the party is over, you can either bring the potted plants back to your container garden or transplant them in your garden or window box.
Earth-Conscious Utensils and Disposable Wood Plates
Ever tried using disposable wood plates and eco-friendly utensils for a party? Real flatware and dishes are best for intimate gatherings but if you are entertaining a crowd, we highly recommend getting disposable wood plates as opposed to plastic plates. Eco-friendly disposable plates are just as durable and convenient to use as their plastic or Styrofoam counterparts but they are 100% biodegradable and compostable. These plates are also inexpensive so you can order several packs without making a dent on your budget.
ECO home ware’s disposable wood plates are not only versatile and durable, these are also party perfect. The plates come in neutral colors and sleek designs so they’ll match any theme. The plates are not treated with wax and are completely pesticide, chlorine, and bleach free. Once done, you and your guests could simply throw the plates away without the guilt.
Serve Drinks the Old Fashioned Way
It’s tempting to buy canned sodas or commercial juice drinks for a casual gathering but if you are earth conscious, try serving drinks the old fashioned way: make your own drinks and serve the beverage in a pitcher.
Make a large batch of your favorite drink like mojito or margarita for adults and lemonade for the kids and serve the drink in a beautiful pitcher or a vintage vessel. Use biodegradable cups for the guests. Serving drinks in pitchers and using eco-friendly cups add a relaxed vibe to the gathering. By making and serving drinks yourself, you are sparing the earth of added waste from soda cans and juice boxes.
Plan Your Menu Wisely
It’s much more convenient to hire a caterer when entertaining a crowd but you’d save more money on food by taking care of the food on your own. In addition, whipping up the food in one go will help you save on energy too.
When planning the food for the party, always choose locally produced and seasonal foods and ingredients. You can contact local farmers or drop by the local farmers market to hunt for the ingredients yourself.
If you are an avid gardener then use the fruits and vegetables that you have grown yourself. Serve the appetizers in bite-size pieces so there is no need to use utensils. Bite-sized appetizers will also decrease the risk of spills during the event, making clean up much easier.
Provide healthy dishes to your guests by creating a vegetable-based menu and limiting processed foods. You can serve meats and poultry but look for products made from locally and naturally raised livestock. These products are slightly pricier but the environmental impacts are much less compared to some meat products.
Making small changes to your party preparations will do wonders for the environment. Doing something as simple as choosing disposable wood plates over Styrofoam or plastic serveware minimizes the environmental impact of your party, all without sacrificing convenience. ECO Home Ware offers a variety of disposable wood plates for your party needs, click here to know more!