|Holiday Party Tips|
Planning a party? Make it one Mother Nature herself wouldn't mind attending.
*If you want to print and mail an invitation, recycled paper is available in many colors and designs from most art, stationery, and office supply stores. On-line, Twisted Limb makes invitations and stationery from recycled paper by hand.
* Use postcards so you can skip the envelope and save a couple of cents postage on each card.
Location and Lighting
If it’s an evening affair, candles can help brighten your setting (and keep the bugs at bay if you do meet outside).
• Way Out Wax offers a variety of candles made from pure vegetable waxes scented with natural essential oils like citronella, rosemary, orange or eucalyptus.
Want to be more festive? String energy-efficient LED lights, which use 80 to 90 percent less energy than incandescent mini-lights, through trees and along walkways. Try the Light string from Inirgee; check Home Depot, Lowe’s, or your local hardware store.
Whole Foods Markets and some natural foods stores prepare delicious platters of organic vegetables, fruits, breads, crackers, dips and cheese.
R.W. Knudsen Organic Juices
If you opt for soda, buy cans or bottles you can recycle (though a better option is to squeeze lemon, lime or orange juice into ice-cold water). Skip the bottled water in favor of cooled (and filtered, if necessary) tap water or iced tea.
Setting the Table
Reusable plate options can include ceramics you can get for a dollar a plate at local dollar stores, or “china” made from recycled plastic. Preserve offers sturdy, dishwasher safe plates in two sizes, a seven-inch that’s perfect for buffets, and a ten-inch that you would serve for a larger meal.
If you must use paper, shop recycled. Seventh Generation's paper plates are made from 100% recycled content; no chlorine bleach is used to whiten them. Marcal makes lunch and dinner napkins with high degrees of recycled content as well.
Adorn the table with flowers and greenery from your yard, enhanced with fruit, candles, ribbons and other nature-based decorations available at your fingertips.
When the Party’s Over