8 Beautiful Ideas To Throw A Green Party
Being environmentally responsible is the need of the hour. We need to be conscious of the drastic changes in our environment that are taking a toll on our planet. So, it is best to imbibe a responsible outlook towards our surroundings and contribute to its wellbeing in every way. How about throwing an eco-friendly party to impart the spirit of eco-friendliness to your family and friends? Well, throwing an eco-friendly party not necessarily always have to be for an environmental cause or should have a natural theme. A green party literally never means all has to be in green. It just pertains to how the choices we make affect our planet.
Talking of a green party, most people refrain from the idea primarily because they think it will go too complicated or it is an old fashioned idea. In fact, people presume that a green party generally means casual gatherings usually in the form of camping instead of formal soirees. Fortunately, all the assumptions are not true and with a few simple rules, every party can be an eco-friendly party, no matter what the occasion or budget is. So, whether it is a wedding or an anniversary, a birthday or a bridal shower or an all-girls pajama party, a green party can be just the right way to have fun in an earth-friendly way. Let’s see how!
Invitations For A Green Party
Paper invitations have always been a tradition, but as recipients discard them they add up on the waste in the environment. Modern invites are usually distributed in the form of e-cards, however, many people are of the view that they are an informal gesture. As saving paper is important to save our trees opt for recycled paper or invitations on a piece of colorful cloth that are the perfect way to encourage earth-conscious consumerism.
Go For Organic Food Menu
The best way to lessen the carbon footprint of a party is to go environmentally conscious while planning the menu. Your menu should mainly comprise of organic food collected from the local market. Go for organic labels that are free from artificial fertilizers and pesticides. With the right planning and preparation, almost any meal can be deliciously turned into a green one. If you have some green-minded folks at your party then do ensure that there is an abundance of animal-free items on the menu. For the carnivores, go for grass-fed beef and dairy, range-free chicken and sustainable seafood. Ditch the processed and packaged foodstuffs like pretzels and chips and prepare yummy homemade snacks like crackers and cookies. Fresh fruit juices, milk shakes and organic herbal teas should be the most appropriate drink options.
Try to use natural light as much as possible. A lovely sunset can be the perfect backdrop of an elegant evening rendezvous. Photographers can magically twilight the beauty of the ambience to get you some stunning shots. Isnt this an awesome added advantage? If your party-time is the night hour then add some drama to the setting by going for candles instead of electric light bulbs. Swap wax candles (they are made of paraffin, a petroleum by-product) with soy based candles. You can strew these across the room and use them as beautiful centrepieces too.
Use almost anything in your room as candle holders to keep fire hazards at bay. Different sizes of glasses, bowls, plates and trays can be stuffed with sand to firmly hold candles. Be creative with strings and wires attached with candles to turn jars into mini lanterns. You can hang them from the ceiling for a more dramatic effect. These call for the perfect green party decorations!
Green Party Table Settings
Save our precious trees by giving paper plates and napkins a miss at your green party. Go for reusable tableware in the form of glassware and silverware to add an eclectic element to the party. Use real cloth napkins and tablecloths for a distinct table set-up. You can also go rustic by keeping a wooden table exposed as it gives a more natural element to the party. Decorate with lots of leaves and flowers to enhance the natural appeal of the table.
Eco-friendly Party Centrepieces
While a customized cake in sync with your eco-friendly party theme can be the right centrepiece for the event, you can also use other options like a big bowl of freshly chopped fruits or fruit carvings. You can also use small potted plants with herbs or flowers for a lovely look. They can be a nice complement to your green party decorations.
Green Party Favors And Gifts
Encourage your guests to refrain from using paper products for presenting their gifts. Many parties generate enough quantities of gift bags and wrapping papers only to fill the trash. Baskets can be a welcome idea. Not only do these create little waste, in fact, they also serve as an exceptional addition to the gift. Cloth gift bags and recycled wrapping paper can be other green alternatives to the traditional style of gift presentation. Coming to gifting options, handmade soaps, organic chocolates and loose organic teas can be decadent earth-friendly gift options.
Figure out the location of your guests and try to organize small groups for carpooling. Such a thing will cut down on carbon emissions, thus, reducing the detrimental effect of transportation on the planet.
Usually whenever we think of a party, we immediately turn to buying a new dress or outfit to wear for the event. But, such a thing generally ends up piling a lot of waste over the years. An awesome idea for dressing up for a green party is to go for a pre-party dress swap day where all your friends can bring some of their best dresses with the purpose of borrowing from one another. With this, everyone gets the novelty of wearing a new dress and also save you from spending money uselessly.
Going for a green party is a one-of-a-kind idea. You are sure to have a good time and your guests will certainly appreciate your thoughtfulness. Hope you liked our ideas for hosting a green party. If you have more such ideas, do share them in our comments section.