ot to be a party pooper, butthe typical celebration seemsto showcase too much of what’s wrong with our world: unhealthy habits and throwing tons of things away,including lots of your money. There’s a way to have your (organic) cake, and eatit too, without adversely affecting ourhealth and the world. When planning your next big (orsmall) party, try something new, goout of your zone to bring a little greenin, and relax because you know you’vedone the best you can do. Each andevery time you plan an event, you’ll domore that’s ‘eco’ and intelligent, notout of obligation, but because it’ll makesense to you, and, it’s actually fun.Green bashing starts with thefollowing 10 smart party tips and theresult will be an eco-fun, and moreimportantly, a most impressive event.
Invite your guests virtually.
Skip the printed paper cards and savetrees! E-mailed invites (try
still allow you to be clever, com-municate a theme and offer the bonus of having your RSVPs logged online. But, if you love spending extra time (really?!?), you can make your own cards from re-cycled magazines, newspapers, wrappingpaper, etc. or use tree-free paper.
I you’ve got it, faunt it.
You know all of that serving stuff you’ve got? Use it! You might have todo a little extra cleanup at the end of the night, but isn’t saving the world worth a few extra minutes? Also, usecups, NOT individual cans or bottlesof water. Fill and rell as needed with your choices of beverages….water, or-ganic juices, wines (VQA, please!) andorganic spirits. See tip four, if you’restill going to use some disposables.
Sharing is caring? Not oreverything.
While sharing is one of those rst“kind” lessons we learn as kids, thereare many exceptions. It goes withoutsaying that there should be no shar-ing of eating utensils, drinking glasses,towels or other personal care items.Community food is, um, gross. Dishesof pretzels or candy that people reachinto for a nibble are germier than youcan imagine (don’t ask for more details).Put utensils with each dish so peoplecan spoon out or fork over the foodinstead of reaching their hands in. Andcertainly, no double dipping!
Cups have personality too.
You can prevent M.C.I.S. – Mis-taken Cup Identity Syndrome (youknow, when someone takes a cup andputs it down next to another, and thenboth people have to get new cups orinadvertently drink from each others?).If you are using disposables - buy cupsmade from recycled or sustainable ma-terials (there are many options labeled“biodegradable,” “compostable” and“100 percent recycled content”). Simply have everyone label their cup witha marker (people get really creativesometimes!). You can also use windowmarkers to write on your own glassware(it will come off in the wash, but noton your guests’ hands), or better yet, adifferent accent coloured glass straw ineveryone’s drinks – serving double
Throw aGreen Party
Ten Eco-Chic Ideas
By Lisa Borden