As we gather outdoors, we’re looking to take our parties to the next level by coming up with the perfect themes. Under blue skies on green grass, the perfect party this summer is an eco-friendly one. But being environmentally conscious doesn’t have to mean celebrating without style. Read some of our top tips for throwing an elegant and sustainable party.
As we discussed in our entry on throwing a party on a small budget, putting your graphic design and mass-emailing skills to the test is a terrific first step to cutting unnecessary waste. Plus, you’ll save money on stationery and postage. Whether paper invites make it to the recycling bin or go straight to the garbage after guests have gotten the info, you can bypass the waste process altogether with stylish and attractive digital invitations.
Last month, Epicurious, the popular recipe clearinghouse and destination for all things gustatory, made serious waves in the food world. They announced that owing to sustainability concerns, no new recipes they feature would include beef products. We’ve all resolved to cut down on our red meat from time to time, but this editorial decree from such a major publication got the whole world talking about a world with less beef. To keep your party sustainable, you can opt for a wholly meatless menu featuring the finest plant-based dishes. Your decision may rankle the traditionalists who believe it’s not a summer cookout without burgers or steaks, but the planet will thank you.
Don’t Waste the Leftovers
It can prove challenging to plan the meal for a party. Expected guests can’t make it at the last minute or unexpected guests show up. Just to be on the safe side, you end up making more food than you need for the event. Even if you don’t spring for the all-vegetarian menu, you can keep things sustainable by making sure no food goes to waste. Send your guests home happy with some leftovers and set some aside for yourself and next week’s lunches.
Palm Leaf Tableware
Seeking sustainability tips is easy, but coming across tips for throwing an elegant and sustainable party is harder. Smarty Had a Party makes it easy by offering lines of elegant disposable party supplies that look beautiful while preserving our natural resources. Palm leaf plates and utensils feature lovely woodgrain patterns to complement an organic and Earth-minded party theme. Better yet, they’re made from sustainable and biodegradable plant material. You’ll rest easy knowing you aren’t contributing to the mountains of garbage that never seem to go away.