Fall is just around the corner, and it is the perfect time to host a fall-themed, green, harvest dinner party. Hosting an eco-friendly dinner party can be a lot of fun, and it is a great way to use up the bounty of the vegetable garden, or the local farmer’s market. You do not need to spend a lot of money to host an eco-friendly, fall harvest party. All that you need is a little imagination and the fun will come to you.
Invitations– The easiest, and most eco-friendly way to send invitations these days is to use e-vites. Many sites have free e-vites that allow you to email invitations to your dinner party guests without using a sheet of paper, or a single stamp. E-vites are also great because it allows the persons who receive the digital invitation to respond, or send their regrets, immediately. We all know how bad people have gotten when it comes to responding to invitations. If e-vites are too impersonal, you can make phone invitations, or you can make homemade invitations using recycled paper decorated with dried flowers, or good, old fashioned, potato stamped, fall shapes. The kids will love to help with this activity!
The Food– I am a big fan of potlucks. A truly eco-friendly dinner party will be vegetarian, so invite your friends to bring along their favorite vegetarian dish. My sister spoke recently of “pre-eating” before attending potlucks nowadays, as so many people bring a bag of chips, or box of cookies from the store and call it good. Make certain that your guests know that home cooking is king at your party, and invite them to bring something made from their own garden. There are many great sites with vegetarian recipes that will allow you to use up all of those tomatoes, and zucchini, while wooing your guests at the same time.
Perhaps, you can start the party by meeting at a local organic orchard and picking apples. When all arrive back at your house, you can whip up some apple pies together, and let the the pies bake while you eat dinner. Hot apple pie for dessert is something no one can turn down! Don’t forget to buy plenty of cider!
The Decorations– An eco-friendly Fall harvest dinner party is not the place for paper plate, and napkins, or plastic cutlery and cups. Use a real, cloth, tablecloth. You can find an inexpensive, fall themed one at a big box store, or you can make one yourself. If you are not already using cloth napkins exclusively, now is the time to stock up on some in a variety of fall colors. Etsy has many sellers who make and sell cloth napkins, and napkin rings. Bring out the good china, and the real glasses, and silverware. You will not only save money, but you guests will envy your dedication to true green living.
Table centerpieces can be made using edible and natural things, such an small sugar pie pumpkins, pomegranates, brightly colored fall leaves, apples and pears and acorns, all attractively arranged. Small, potted mums also make lovely and simple table decorations. Large potted mums by the front door, or bundled corn stalks and pumpkins can welcome your guests as they arrive.
Of course, Fall-themed, harvest dinner parties are the perfect events for activities like bobbing for crisp, fall, apples, or making yummy, gooey, caramel apples. Gear the activities to the group invited, though there are few adults who do not enjoy a good caramel apple in the fall. Keep it simple, buy local, and use what you already have. Make your fall harvest party a real celebration of all that the summer has blessed you with. With school back in session, and colder weather coming, all of your guests will love the opportunity to relax among friends and enjoy some fall food and fun.