How to throw a GREEN Party!
Parties and celebrations are always great fun, but what we don’t realise is that parties are also gateways to unnecessary trash and wasted food.
With simple tweaks, parties can be just as fun but significantly friendlier for the environment and cheaper for you!
Why print invitations if everyone is on their phones anyways??
- Save paper, time and money by emailing out an invitation or creating a WhatsApp group for the event. Guests will easily be able to find the invitation and discuss arrangements.
Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst
Decorations can be expensive; one time use and bad quality! Instead:
- Use nature as a source of decorations! For example: pinecones, beautiful stones, washed up sticks...etc. And you can paint them depending on season, themes and occasions!
- Buy quality table cloths, that can be washed and reused!
- Shop flea markets & second hand stores if you are looking for something unique and fun!
- Skip balloons completely!
Food & drinks
The best starting point is to pick a food theme! For example; cheese and wine night, veggie night etc. and calculate based on how many people you are expecting! Here are some other suggestions:
- Shop local and organic!
- Don’t buy bottled water, instead you can make jugs of different kinds of flavoured water (cucumber, lemon, mint, orange...etc.)
- Don’t buy too much!
- At the end of the party, don’t forget to send guests home with leftovers (if there are any) so you don’t throw any of that deliciousness away!
Drinkware & Tableware
This should be easy and straight forward, and if you have a dishwasher you literally have NO excuse! Here are some great tips:
- DO NOT buy single use plates, cutlery or glasses! Why spend money and create more waste if you have plates and glasses at home! Also if you don’t have enough, you can always ask your guests to bring some extras J
- Actual drinkware and tableware will add more class, comfort and don’t worry guests will be careful.
- Paper napkins not needed ever again, if you invest in some nice cloth napkins. You can rewash, reuse and they look so much better!
- Forget plastic straws. Invest in reusable stainless steel, bamboo straws or even unique and awesome natural wheat straws!
So evidently there will always be some waste, but it is important to recycle immediately to save you time and avoid bags full of unrecycled trash, for example:
- Paper bin
- Glass Bottle bin (for beer, wine or any other bottles)
- PET Bottle bin (for empty bottles of soft drinks)
- Compost bin (for emptying plates of food into)
Gifts & Wrapping
I mean, apart from those few gifted people, gift wrapping is rarely something anyone looks forward to..all those weird bulges, missing sticky tape, and worst of all not enough paper. Why waste paper and time when instead:
- Reuse gift bags that were gifted to you!
- Cotton gift wrapping – aka Furoshiki – is a great idea! Super easy to wrap, it’s pretty, unique and reusable! (a gift wrap that keeps giving).
Even though this list might seem overwhelming, take it step by step and once you read through it…your way of party planning will change! Your friends will be curious and most importantly, will start practicing the same techniques :) Our planet and your wallet will thank you :P