As I’ve mentioned before, my sister-in-law is super eco-conscious. A lot of people talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk. Not her. We’re not talking about just buying a hybrid or using re-usable gift bags and calling yourself ‘green’. This is a woman that is conscious about purchasing food grown locally, using cloth diapers, line-drying the laundry and canning her own vegetables. She sets an incredible example of truly living an environmentally conscious lifestyle.
So when I offered to put together a party for her Little Bear, I knew that I wanted to respect her eco-conscious philosophy while creating a fabulous party! If you’re looking to have a fun-0filled and spectacular party, but want to keep an eye out for the planet, here are a few tips I learned:
– Emailed invitations: I’m not talking about Evites here. Don’t get me wrong-evites are great for small, informal get-togethers. For an actual party, I would always recommend doing a bit more. Websites like Paperless Post have pretty ways of making your invitation look nice without feeling cheesy. If you’re short on budget, consider creating your own emailed invitation. I used free graphics and Photoshop Elements to create a cute little electronic card for the day. Using Photoshop’s texturize filter also helped to make the card look a little more like an actual invitation instead of a computer generated graphic.
– Thrift your items. Not only can you find fantastic items at thrift shops and stores like Goodwill or Salvation Army; but you’re keeping items out of the landfill, and creating less expense for yourself!
|Fabric Basket Liners instead of Paper|
– Think beyond the party. I incorporated a lot of fabric in the party, which means that I can use it over and over again. Using pinking shears, I created fabric napkins, that I can use many times over. Amy kept the berry basket liners to use as cleaning rags; the fabric I used for the table toppers can be used for numerous future projects, and I’ll easily find a use for all that extra burlap!
– Shop your home. I loved that Amy used her silver flatware for the party. How many people do you know that have that kind of stuff but don’t use it? It add such a special touch to a party…go ahead and pull out the silver polish! I really raided my existing stash of craft items and fabric to avoid making wasteful purchases.
|Egg Crates, Mason Jars & Cutting Board all from Amy’s Kitchen!|
– Think outside the platter. This goes hand-in-hand with shopping your home. Instead of using traditional serving platters, we used common household items such as egg cartons, mason jars and baskets. At one point, I was also considering serving food out of a cast iron skillet. Wouldn’t that just be adorable for a cowboy party?! Using items you already have on hand saves on waste, time and money – and adds extra charm to your food display.