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Party Ideas: How to Throw an Eco-Friendly Party

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I'm always searching for eco-friendly ideas for parties because as much as I love to throw a good party, I hate the waste that is often associated with it. Just thinking about the disposable plates, paper napkins, throw away decorations, and heavily processed foods makes me cringe. We throw away too many things in this country and disposable items are certainly a large part of that. There are a lot of eco-friendly party ideas you can use to make your next party a little bit more green and just as amazing.

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Eco-Friendly Party Decor

  • For a small, intimate party, it's perfectly acceptable to use traditional plates and silverware. If you're having a large party and don't want to worry about washing fifty plates and silverware, look for eco-friendly disposable plates made of bamboo or a corn based bio resin.
  • Instead of heading to the store, incorporate things you have around the house into your party decor. Use old mason jars to hold cut flowers or wicker baskets to hold silverware.
  • A selection of potted flowers placed around the table or room can bring a splash of color without the waste of throw away decorations.
  • Go with cloth whenever possible. A cloth tablecloth, cloth napkins, and cloth place mats add a certain style that paper just cannot offer.

Eco-Friendly Party Food

  • When planning your eco-friendly party menu, remember that local is best. If possible, choose fruits, vegetables, and herbs from your own garden. If that isn't possible, visit a local Farmer's Market to buy local produce from area farms. Many Farmer's Markets offer a selection of grass fed beef and organic poultry and dairy items as well.
  • If you are purchasing a cake for your party, hire a local bakery to create the cake for you instead of purchasing it from a mass retailer or grocery store.
  • Remember that many people opt for vegetarian or vegan options and consider adding a few vegan recipes to your menu just in case.
  • Beverage options can include hot or cold organic herbal teas, fair trade coffees, and water in reusable cups or water bottles.

Eco-Friendly Party Invitations

  • If all of your party guests are online, consider sending out invitations via email instead of traditional paper invitations.
  • If you want to send traditional paper invitations, look for invitations created on recycled paper with non-toxic inks.
  • I've seen cute invitations that are printed on seed paper which can be planted in the spring for grass or wildflowers when you're done with them.
  • For place settings, use pine cones, flowers, fir tips, cinnamon sticks, and other items to create a place setting that will impress your guests without the waste.

When planning your next party, whether it's for adults or children, consider a few of these eco-friendly party ideas. These suggestions will let you enjoy your time with family and friends without harming the environment or wasting resources.

 Do you have any eco-friendly party ideas you use when you entertain?

125x140 Ellen Christian is a busy mom of two teenagers living in rural Vermont.  You can find her at Confessions of an Overworked Mom http://confessionsofanover-workedmom.com and The Socialite's Closet http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com.

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Jill Greenlaw

Jill Greenlaw has a banking background. She gave that up 17 years ago when she got married and started having kids. She loved being a stay-at-home mom while raising her four beautiful children. A few years ago, Jill went back to work in sales. She is now working for the Mom It Forward team as their Community Manager. She loves her job. Her interests include camping, motorcycling, boating, photography, reading, cooking, and traveling. Put her in flip flops anywhere warm and she is happy.

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10 Responses to “Party Ideas: How to Throw an Eco-Friendly Party”

  1. diane says:

    These are great ideas! It is definitely a must to offer some meatless and/or dairy free options for people on restricted diets.

  2. mel says:

    What great tips. We always throw parties so this is great to know!

  3. Shauna says:

    what great tips… Love the part about hiring local :)

  4. Janice says:

    I am not a huge eco-gal, but these are great tips. Many of these also save money@!

  5. Love the local suggestions! As the owner of a small gourmet food line, I am always flattered when folks let me know they are serving our products to their part guests.

  6. Ronni Keller says:

    I love the name tag you made in that photo!!
    I think everyone should do as much ‘local’ as possible. ALWAYS!!!

  7. These are great tips. I especially like the idea of seed paper for invitations. So much better than throwing them away and so meaningful too!

  8. Cynthia R says:

    i like the item of using potted plants and stuff already in your house to decorate

  9. april says:

    Love your ideas for the natural place settings, like the one pictured. Its so cute! The seed paper is a fun idea, I hadn’t heard of that before.

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