Labor Day is right around the corner. Made any plans yet? No? Well then, we’ve got just the thing: host an eco-friendly bash. It’s fun, simple and easy to do. We’ll even break it down for you in five steps.
(Yes, you read that right- “e”, not “in.” Ditch the paper and go high-tech.) Tells people what’s going on and set’s the mood. Choose something that expresses who you are and communicates your love of nature. Type in your details and the guest list and hit send.
Now that you’ve got the basic info out there, it’s time to select your table settings and decorations. (My favorite part – and a great way to get the family and kids involved.) Use washable dish wear. It takes a little longer to clean up, but is way less wasteful than disposable stuff. If you’ve got more people than a single table set can handle, mix it up! Intermix a couple different ones for a whole new look.
For decorations, get creative: what do you have that could be turned into something fabulous? Let your kids make a Labor Day banner out of old t-shirts that have been quilted together. Cut fruits and veggies into random shapes and build your own Edible Arrangements-esque centerpiece. Have fun with it!
(Which, arguably, may also be my favorite part…) Select locally grown, seasonal items. Your farmers market is a great place to start. Serve foods that don’t require extra plates for folks to carry around. Think “finger” size. (Fresh cut veggies work wonders.) If you’re lucky enough to live off the water and can easily get some shrimp, snag a couple pounds. Delicious, nutritious and easy to prepare.
There are lots of great eco-friendly guzzlers for the quaffing. Check out these eco-friendly cocktails, or invent your own!
Having activities available for your guests is always a good idea. If you have a decent size back or front yard, throw up a volleyball or badminton net. Play a game of tag with the kids. Frisbee works too. Keep everyone outside and moving, enjoying nature and a (hopefully) beautiful day.
Give it a try - you’ll be the talk of town, and your earth-loving actions will speak even louder. Don’t forget to share your pics with us on the Recyclebank Facebook page!