Entertaining doesn’t have to be damaging to the environment, nor do you have to limit the fun to throw a green party. Being aware and choosing to make better environmental choices are good ways to start turning things around for our planet. So check out these great tips on how to throw a green party and do your bit for the environment.
This is one area where it is simple to go green. Most people have computers these days and an email account, so send out digital invitations, to save on paper, ink and postage.
Digital invites don’t have to be boring; there are many free design sites that help you create beautiful invitations online. Get creative, or get a creative friend to help you, and come up with impressive invites for your next party.
If you really want to send out paper invitations, use recycled or handmade paper and use a single sheet. Print them yourself to save money. Have a talented friend address the envelopes in beautiful handwriting to add a personal touch to the invitations.
Ask the guests to RSVP by phone or email to save paper and postage.
Theme and Decorations
If you want to draw attention to the environment and the fact that you are throwing a green party, make this your theme. Make the environment your theme, ask your guests to come dressed in green or to bring something that represents being environmentally aware.
Party decorations that are used once and then thrown away contribute to the huge amounts of land-fill being collected every day. Choose decorations that can be reused or that are made of natural materials and so can be recycled in the garden or compost.
Reusable party decorations could include potted plants, glass or metal containers or ornaments, fabric, party lights that you own or can borrow and candles. Recyclable decorations could be dried or fresh flowers, decorations made out of recycled paper or fresh fruit.
Invite guests to take home flowers, plants, fruit and other decorations after the party; they make great ‘Thank You’ gifts.
Venue and Starting time
A party held in daylight hours will use less power than one held at night. Many reception and function centers use huge amounts of power, so look for alternatives. Consider using your own home or garden, where you can control the amount of power used.
Another idea to save on electricity usage for your party is to hire a large marquee and erect it in your yard or in the local park (provided you are allowed to do this). If you hold the party during the day, no lighting will be needed.
Plates and Utensils
The Clean Air Council in theUnited Stateshas estimated that the amount of plastic and paper cups, knives, spoons and forks that are thrown away would encircle the globe 300 times. While disposable plates and utensils are a hassle-free alternative, they are certainly not good for the environment.
While it means more cleaning up, use crockery tableware, glassware and stainless steel utensils when you have a party. If you really need non-breakables, look for the clear polymer drinkware that is 100% recyclable. There are also ranges of tableware made from recycled plastic.
Consider hiring all your tableware and drinkware needs. While some hire companies expect everything to be washed up, there are some that will collect the dirty dishes from you and wash it all in commercial dishwashers. This saves you having to do a big clean-up and possibly uses less water and power.
In addition to these main tips, you could use organic or locally-produced foods and support Fairtrade organizations with the party supplies you buy. If it is a gift-giving occasion, ask for donations to be made to environmental projects that you support. If you have left-over food, encourage guests to take some home and freeze the rest for later consumption. Recycle as much trash as possible to limit the amount going to landfill.
By using these simple tips, you too can throw a green party that will be the talk of your friends.
So, when you throw a party, what do you do to cut down on costs and eco-impact? Also, if you are planning a New Year’s party, are you going to make it green?