Guest Post: Tips to Throw an Awesome Environmentally Friendly Party

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Spring is just around the corner, which means longer days, nicer weather, and beautiful scenery. With spring quickly approaching, the themes of renewal and revival amongst nature are brought up once again.

If you’re planning an upcoming party for the spring, you should make sure that incorporate green and environmentally conscious themes into the party. No matter what kind of party you’re throwing, whether it’s a birthday party, baby shower, or bridal shower, it’s very easy to go green with your party and make it renewable and recyclable. If you’re curious as to how you can plan a great green party, continue reading for some ideas.

Decoration

The decoration for your green party is key, and it’s easy to have beautiful décor without hurting the environment. First, pick up some solar lights from the Outdoor Solar Store if you’re going to be partying into the night. These lights are very environmentally friendly, and don’t use any electricity at all. For table décor, pick up in-season flowers from your local farmer’s market, as they’ll likely be cheaper and greener than store bought flowers.

Using reusable utensils and dishware is the best way to go, but not always the most practical. If you want single use materials, opt for the recyclable materials. Some silverware and drink ware and even plates are now compostable, so your guests can toss the garbage in your compost pile once the party is over!

Food

The food for your green party is very easy to take care of. First, you’ll want to think local. The more ingredients you can get from your local farmer’s market, the greener your party will be. Pick up fresh eggs, vegetables, fruits, and even grains from your farmer’s market to ensure that very little fuel was used in getting that food to you.

You’ll also want to make sure that the food you’re serving at your green party is organic, so no pesticides or nasty fertilizers were used to create that food. Organic food tastes better and is better for your body, and it’s an important green consideration. Make sure that the organic food you’re choosing is certified organic by the U.S.D.A to be sure you’re getting the real stuff.

Drink

For drinks, start off by serving your drinks in reusable materials, not single used red plastic cups that end up in landfills after just one use. If you want to purchase new drink ware for your party, make the drink ware part of a gift that the guests can take home. Stay with the local vibe for drinks by crafting cocktails using local, organic ingredients. You can find mint for a mojito at a local farmer’s market, or oranges to make orange juice for mimosas. No matter what the ingredients are, you can find them locally.

For nonalcoholic options, serve cans only if you must. Definitely don’t use plastic bottles, because aluminum cans are much more easy to recycle. Better yet, brew your own tea and coffee to offer as nonalcoholic beverages, and offer them in the same souvenir glasses that you’ll be sending your guests home with.


Photo credit: acmepartybox.com.

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Sheena Tatum

is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.

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