How To Host A Zero Waste Dinner Party

Dated: 01/13/2020

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As the holidays roll back around, it’s officially the time of year for gift shopping and hosting family and friends at your house (all while trying not to break the bank along the way). The next time it’s your turn to have everyone over at your house, try incorporating some of the ideas below that make for a zero-waste dinner party – you’ll save money, be able to focus on fun and quality time with loved ones, and avoid any harm to the environment.

Here’s everything you need to know.

DIY Decor

Dress up your table with nature instead of buying themed decorations. Find large multi-colored leaves, branches, or foliage from your backyard, set out flowers in thrifted vases and empty wine bottles (or use as a centerpiece), and pick seasonal herbs, like part of a sprig, that can transform a place setting instantly. Use recycled paper and create various shapes and designs to lay along the table.

Repurpose fabric for a table runner, use washable cloth napkins, and opt for reusable dishware – cleanup is faster, too!

Shop In Season

The most ideal option is to visit your local farmer’s market and absorb inspiration for seasonal items you can incorporate into the dinner. If you’re going to the grocery store, consider shopping in bulk (which can help you cut back on plastic packaging). Even when you’re buying produce, simply place the vegetables and fruit in the basket instead of placing them in the plastic bags. Lastly, always bring reusable totes to carry the items to your car. Another route to go is having your guests bring one dish each using food they have on hand – a potluck style dinner is always fun and easy (with less stress on you and your bank account).

Green Party Favors

If you opt for party favors, consider small gifts like BPA-free water bottles, glass jars filled with seeds or homemade candy, stainless steel straws, bamboo toothbrushes, succulents or smaller plants, candles, or sugar scrubs. Throw the goodies in a reusable or recycled tote, wrap a twine bow, and fix a flower or pinecone in there for an added touch. You can cut brown paper bags and use the scraps as wrapping paper (newspaper and old maps work well, too).

Other Helpful Tips

· Send digital invites

· Borrow serving dishes from friends

· Compost and recycle everything you can

· Use eco-friendly containers for leftovers

Hosting a waste-free dinner party doesn’t have to be hard. Thinking ahead, preparing ideas, and working with what you have (in the linen closet, kitchen, and backyard) makes for the best dinner party. It’s all about enjoying time with family and friends, anyway. Refer to the tips above, get creative, and enjoy! Keep in mind, you can always reach out to me for any home buying needs. I’m here to help!

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Christopher Loschiavo

Putting clients needs first. I am a REALTOR with I Think Realty of Winter Haven. After working for 20 years in Higher Education Administration dealing with student misconduct such as cheating, alco....

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