You’re living the green lifestyle, trying to make sure you reuse and recycle, don’t waste food, and reduce your carbon footprint. In keeping with your convictions and with cold weather driving everybody inside, now is the perfect time to plan an eco-friendly dinner party for like-minded friends. Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Dine by Beeswax Candlelight
Scented candles are everywhere these days, but unless they’re made with essential oils, they’re releasing chemicals into the air in your home. Both are bad for your lungs and bad for the environment. Instead, use pure beeswax tapers or pillars to light your dinner table. They burn clean, smell faintly of honey, and don’t release any toxic chemicals into the air.
Decorate with Nature
Instead to spending money on party-store decorations that will end up in the landfill, look to nature to decorate. Fill a vase with evergreen clippings or bare branches. Scatter a few pine cones or fill mason jars with fresh herbs in water.
Plan an All-Organic Locally Sourced Menu
When planning your menu, be sure to include as many dishes as you can that use locally sourced and organic fruits, vegetables, and meats from your local farmer’s market. Buy organic wine and local cider for your guests to sip on. Buying local goods is good for the environment since they don’t have to travel long distances, which adds carbon to the atmosphere. And buying organic means you’re not contributing to pesticide use.
Send Your Guests Home With Leftovers
Most of us buy and prepare more food than we need when planning a dinner party, since no host wants to run out. Send guests home with leftovers and put them in reusable totes along with a parting gift. One-third of all food bought in America ends up in the trash, so using leftovers is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and inspire others to do the same. When you send out invitations, ask each guest to bring a reusable storage container for taking home leftovers.
An Eco-Friendly Parting Gift
Giving your guests eco-friendly party favors or parting gifts is not only responsible and thoughtful, it’ll also get them thinking about sustainable living. Packets of seeds, small herb plants, or even a small jar of locally made honey are all lovely, eco-responsible gifts.
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