Just because the summer barbecue season is drawing to a close doesn’t mean you can’t have great get-togethers with friends. Autumn is the perfect season to throw fabulous dinner parties! In keeping with the trend to treat our Earth as kindly as possible, before you throw your next get-together consider a few ideas to go green with your next dinner party!
Send Your Invitations using E-vites
Not only are standard invitations a waste of paper, but they are typically delivered via mail trucks and planes that emit green-houses gasses into the environment. By sending E-vites, on the other hand, you get to look tech savvy and cool while conserving natural resources and minimizing harmful emissions into the atmosphere.
There are hundreds of internet sites that offer E-vites for all variety of occasions. Whether your get-together is a funky wine and cheese tasting or a classy formal dinner, you are likely to find an E-vite to suit the occasion.
You can even plan your party via Facebook, which offers a very user friendly and customizable event planning option. Facebook’s event planner makes it easy to see to send simultaneous invitations to all of your friends, and track exactly how many people will be in attendance.
Purchase Food from Green Sources
From salads to salmon, there is always a way to keep the menu eco-friendly at your dinner party. Locally grown produce purchased from farmer’s markets, harvest festivals, or gourmet shops is a green substitute for fruits and vegetables shipped across the country in gas-guzzling trucks.
If you are planning on serving seafood dishes at your dinner party, there are a number of guides on the internet, such as the one found at NRDC.org. These guides not only inform you of which types of seafood are most eco-friendly, but also which vendors use the greenest sources of fish and shellfish.
Even beverages can be eco-friendly. Serve green wines, grown from organic grapes on local vineyards and organic fair-trade coffee.
Don’t Waste Food
It seems obvious, but preparing an appropriate amount of food for the number of people attending your dinner party is a huge step towards keeping your dinner party green. A study conducted in 1995 estimated that 96.4 billion pounds of edible food is wasted each year.
The Department of Agriculture estimates that just 5 percent of the food that we waste could feed four million people a day, close to the entire population of Puerto Rico.
If you do over prepare, offer whatever leftovers your own family might not consume to the guests in attendance. In these busy and economically difficult times, most people are grateful for a free home-cooked meal that they can just pop in their microwaves!
Use Green Utensils
Although using plastic utensils and paper plates may save you the hassles of a stressful cleanup later, these types of disposable settings aren’t very eco-friendly. Consider investing in table settings created from sustainably harvested or recycled materials, such as those found at nigelecostore.com to use at dinner parties.
If you are intent on foregoing the dishwashing, there are a variety of disposable table settings available. Often made from surprising materials, such as bamboo or palm leaves, this dinnerware is compost-friendly and not made from plastics that pollute the environment.
Encourage Guests to Travel Green
Not only is having 16 cars parked up and down your street a hassle for the neighbors, it is also a waste of gasoline and unnecessary green house gas emissions. Encourage friends who live near one another to car pool. Those who live close to your house could also consider walking or biking to your dinner party.
By taking a few of these simple steps, you can make sure that your dinner party is both great, and green!