Stylish Ideas For An Eco-Friendly Party
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You don't have to sacrifice style—or break the bank—to throw an eco-friendly fete. This Earth Day, get inspired by these ten green party-planning ideas that are easy, elegant and affordable.
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Set the tone with eco-conscious invitations. Love paper invites? You don't have to give them up. "Print your invitations on plantable herb or wildflower seed paper," says April Luca, co-founder of DNA Events. "Post-party, guests can plant them outdoors or in a pot and the seeds grow while the rest of the paper composts away." Prefer to go digital? Try Greenvelope, which donates a percentage of every sale to Mountains to Sound, a nonprofit that maintains forests.
SHOP NOW: Seed paper, $2 and up, botanicalpaperworks.com
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"Instead of fresh-cut flowers, opt for arrangements that will outlast your event, like trendy moss-filled terrariums and elegant air plants," says Luca. Make your own with new super-easy DIY kits.
SHOP NOW: Hanging air plant, $30, thejuicyleaf.com
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"Look around the house (and outside it) to see what you can upcycle or repurpose for your party," says Danny Seo, environmental lifestyle expert. "Old galvanized tubs and metal buckets can be repurposed as great chilling stations for beverages and flat bed sheets can be used as tablecloths."
SHOP NOW: Steel tub, $21, homedepot.com
You Name It5 of 11
Affordable mason jars can serve as place cards, reusable drinking glasses and party favors when painted with chalkboard paint with your guest's name, says Kerri Silvestri, owner of Allow Me Events. Short on time? You can also purchase ready-made chalkboard labels.
SHOP NOW: VintageBlooming chalkboard labels, $9, etsy.com
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"Using multiple-use 'wow' objects instead of disposable items saves on waste and gives party goers something to chat about," says Luca. Serve guests in style while supporting artists and natural materials with this handcrafted Nambe Scoop Server from the award-winning designer Wei Young. When you aren't using it for parties, you can use it as a decor element in your entry, living room, bedroom or bath.
SHOP NOW: Scoop server, $250, nambe.com
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"Candlelight always creates an inviting and alluring atmosphere," says Luca. Opt for candles made from 100 percent pure beeswax. The natural wax is nontoxic, smokeless and sustainable.
SHOP NOW: Pure Beeswax Tea Lights, $20 for a 16-pack, bigdipperwaxworks.com
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When planning your menu, get inspired by what's available at your local farmer's market. "Find out what is in season and develop your menu around those items," says Luca. Not only will you be supporting sustainable agriculture, the seasonal ingredients will taste fresher and reduce the carbon footprint of your menu. "And don't be afraid to ask for advice from the growers when buying their foods—they can offer up prep tips as well as their favorite recipes," says Luca.
SHOP NOW: Farmer's market tote, $18, westelm.com
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Instead of paper streamers and plastic garland, create pennant banners by cutting up fabric scraps, old shirts or patterned bed sheets.
SHOP NOW: Cinnamon Toast Designs vintage sheet banner flags, $9, etsy.com
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Highlight a local microbrewery and treat your guests to tastes of your area's finest brews. After the party, pour any leftover beer into the garden. "Warm suds can be beneficial for your vegetable garden, flowers and shrubs—they love the yeasty brew," says Seo.
SHOP NOW: Reclaimed wood beer flight holder & glasses, $55, scoutmob.com
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Plastic party cups are one of the biggest sources of unnecessary waste. Serve wine and cocktails in these durable glasses made of recycled soda bottles.
SHOP NOW: Simply Elegant wineglass, $10, rodales.com
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