The summer is quickly approaching, and with summer time comes many reasons to celebrate. A graduation party may be just one of the many reasons warranting a social gathering. Whether you are planning an elaborate affair or a more casual gathering, there are some tips you can follow to keep your party as eco-friendly as possible. I have provided some ideas below!
An Intimate Setting Can Save the Day: How to Entertain in an Eco-Friendly Way
If you are celebrating your academic accomplishments, a smaller gathering is likely to be more enjoyable, and it will definitely be more environmentally friendly. You can use actual china and silverware rather than using disposable cutlery and dishes. Plus, the fewer people you invite, the less cleaning up you have to do! Additionally, you will have to buy less food and alcohol for a small party. Invite your closest friends and family, and you won’t have to worry too much about entertainment either!
Go Green: Your Party Invitations
There are great invitation templates and resources online. Instead of sending out print invitations, which will waste paper and money, send your invitations via email! They are less likely to get lost, and you can personalize them for free! Check out one of my favorite sites for e-vites here.
If you still want to do print invitations, print them out on recycled paper. You can order some here. Try to keep your invitations to one page in length. Additionally, instead of including a save the date card, send the invitations out early! Include R.S.V.P. information, and have your guests contact you through phone or email. No need to slow down snail mail (and waste paper) by having a R.S.V.P. card they send back to you!
Hors d’oeuvres: Classy but Green
At a party, it’s all about the food! You can grill some burgers or veggie burgers for dinner, but you also need to have great appetizers. For dinner, if you have a small enough guest list, I recommend using only free-range meat (or meat substitutes). You can also shop for ingredients at your local famer’s market.
For appetizers, I recommend some frozen finger foods that can be warmed up in the oven. Put them in the oven for ten minutes, and they will be ready to go! Amy’s has a great line of organic frozen snacks, which contain eco-friendly ingredients. You can serve pizza rolls, fruit, and perhaps a cheese platter for the initial meet and greet. Splurging on cheeses from a farmer’s market is definitely worth it, if you can maintain a small guest list.
Alvina Lopez is a freelance writer and blog junkie, who blogs about accredited online degrees. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: alvina.lopez @gmail.com.