Party Time

November 27, 2008

Throwing a party? Whether it's an intimate gathering or a huge bash, this is the time of the year when making merry is ardently expected. Of course parties also mean tons of trash. And contributing to the already overflowing landfills is not a great way to start 2009. Instead, make your party eco-friendly with a few simple changes. From what your serving and what you're serving it on to decorations and favors there are plenty of options to choose from.

Start by sending online invitations. E-vites use zero paper, so you don't have to wonder if the recipients recycled them or not. Or as an alternative, go with recycled invitations. Then there's the obvious party evil-paper plates and plastic cups and cutlery. If your party is small, go with using the real stuff. It looks nicer and definitely has a more elegant look. But if you have more than a dozen people and don't want to be stuck doing dishes all night, I hear you. After all, it's your party too. Luckily you can get 100% recycled plastic plates, cups and utensils from Preserve. They are reusable and dishwasher safe. Which means after the party you can choose to wash and store them for later or simply toss them in your recycle bin.

Another option is to go with these disposable bamboo plates from Bambu are equally modern and natural. The 100% organically grown bamboo is FDA approved, unbleached and will biodegrade in six months or less. Bambu also makes sleek looking trays that are beautiful and sustainable. I actually send my kids to school with Bambu utensils after getting sick of them losing my metal ones. I love the oblong appetizer trays the triple dip tray. Then let guests eat with these biodegradable utensils  from potato starch.When it comes to the actual food you'll be serving, keep the menu simple and local. You can make a point of letting guests know they're enjoying a bounty of local goodies or just keep it your little secret. Set out a cheese plate consisting of delectable organic cheeses, serve a rich soup from locally grown organic squash or create mini quiche appetizers from eggs gathered from a nearby farm. Pretty much every party calls for libations. So say your toasts with organic champagnes, wines and spirits.