Yes, it’s a new year already and New Year’s Day has come and gone but it is never too late
to create and reinforce your green living resolutions.
Hosting an eco friendly party is a good way to involve others in your green resolutions
(and getting involved in theirs!).
It’s also just a fun way to make (and keep) your green resolutions.
So why not get friends and family involved by throwing a green resolutions party.
It’s a new year, and many of us want to dispel with the old and usher in the new.
So let’s get this “green resolutions” party started with a few green tips.
#1. Green Your Invitations
You could make invitations to your party from the old greeting cards, magazines and paper bags.
But sending electronic invitations is even greener.
On your invitations, make a note that the theme is green.
Encourage friends to carpool on your invitations (this is safer, too, if there is alcohol
#2. Green Your Decorations
Make your own party decorations out of recyclable materials.
Remember all that holiday wrapping paper, ribbon, cards, and catalogs stashed in the
closet or a corner?
Break out the scissors and make colorful paper chains.
Put used gift ribbons on a homemade swag or wreath of fresh greens.
You can even make a wreath using old gift bows.
Make decorative boxes out of Christmas cards (you can find instructions online for folding).
#3. Green Your Party Supplies
Look around your home and find glass, bamboo, ceramic, metal serving dishes, bowls,
plates, baskets and utensils.
Instead of buying new items, borrow supplies you need from family and friends.
If necessary, rent your party supplies rather than buying disposable ones.
Tablecloths, centerpieces, festive tableware, punch bowls, and other supplies can all be rented
And you won’t have to take up attic, basement, or closet space storing these items the rest
of the year.
Remember to use cloth napkins too.
Always remember: reduce, reuse…
If you do have disposables at your party – and sometimes it’s hard not to have at least some –
have recycling bins handy for guests to toss their recyclable waste.
#5. Green Your Drinks
Serve drinks from a punch bowl or other large container.
Use washable cups and glasses.
If you are serving beer get a keg and glasses rather than individual bottles.
For beverages, opt for healthy and organic, fresh fruit based drinks and cocktails.
It is also better to get large containers and serve the drinks in reusable cups.
Choose organic wines and beers and look for local sources.
#6. Go Healthy, Local & Organic
At your green resolutions party, serve organic food that is locally grown and raised,
Fresh, wholesome fruit platters, salads, vegan sushi, raw crudites and dips add to the festivities.
Hopefully, these green party tips will set the right tone and help you get your resolutions
off to a “good, green start”.
#7. Share Green Resolutions at the Party
To get this year’s green resolutions off to a friendly start, have a time set aside for sharing
There are multiple ways to do this.
Here are some fun ways to get the ideas flowing:
a. Use a chalk board or dry erase board rather than paper.
Have guests sit in front of it and go up to write their resolutions.
Then everyone can discuss it.
b. In the spirit of the board game “Pictionary” and game shows of the past, you
could also have your guests go up to the chalk board and draw their resolutions.
The seated guests can guess what it is.
c. Use small frames for party favors.
Magnetic frames that go on the refrigerator are good options.
Pass out paper that is cut to size to fit inside the frames (go for recycled paper or attractive
scrap paper such as used Christmas cards or wrapping).
Each guest can write his or her green resolution on the paper and slip it into the frame.
In this way, you have provided a keepsake, party favor, and green resolution reminder
all in one.
A Good Green Start to Your Year!
When you make green resolutions for the new year, there may be more incentive to
stick with your promises.
This is because green resolutions have positive effects that are both immediate and long-term.
In addition to saving money, saving the environment and improving health, you
will be bolstered by the notion that you are part of a global movement to make a difference.
You will also enjoy more time with your family and community, which can be very rewarding.
And finally, green resolutions are enhanced by the long-term nature of their positive effects–you
know you are making the world a better place for future generations.
It’s a new year and a new you, so why not get your resolutions off to a good green start with
an eco friendly party with friends, family and neighbors.
Share your suggestions and experiences with us.
Have you planned or discussed your green resolutions for the year ahead with family
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