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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!