With the holiday season just around the corner, Vine Vera decided that it was just about the right time to showcase Holiday Entertaining as our weekly theme. This week, Vine Vera reviews all you need to know to hone up your skills and ensure that you empower yourself with the right tips to be able to throw the perfect holiday get-togethers for your guests. This article from Vine Vera focuses on Ecoentertaining and answers some of your main questions and concerns with regards to eco-conscious holiday entertaining. Ecoentertaining is fast turning out into one of the most fashionable ways to throw a party because it is not only a lot of fun, but it also helps you to save a lot of money in the process.
Question – Don’t green holidays mean that you don’t have fun at all?
Whoever said so? Just because you’re going green, it doesn’t mean that you cannot have fun. Going green is all about changing your approach and choosing sustainable options. Socializing and connecting with your guests still remains the same.
Question – Will going green really make a difference?
With the crisis that faces the world today, even a little bit of effort can go a long way in bringing about a huge change. Apart from doing your bit for the environment, your party might just inspire others to go green as well. This can ultimately lead to a social change which shall help in reducing global pollution.
Question – What about party decorations?
What about it? Ecoentertaining doesn’t mean that you cannot decorate your house for the party. You can always forage in your neighborhood for fresh herbs and flowers. Your neighborhood yards can offer you with all sorts of goodies – including materials for those wreaths like rose hips and evergreen branches.
Question – Does sustainable food need to be a part of ecoentertaining?
Sustainable food is certainly one of the mainstays of ecoentertaining. But, that doesn’t mean that you need to restrict your choices. Thanks to the going green movement, the options and choices for sustainable food have literally gone through the roof. You can also help by purchasing products that are produced locally to help in reducing transportation impacts and boosting your local economy. You can always find a farmers market in your city, and it would be an ideal option to start there. Remember, almost every other grocery store also offers sustainable regionally procured goods, including fruits, vegetables, beer, wine, cheese, nuts and grains.
Question – Is there a way to green up the pre-party cleaning?
Pre-party cleaning is often seen as a major chore because we are always pressed for time when it comes to throwing holiday get-togethers. As a result, we end up purchasing products like silver polish and powerful cleaning chemicals. Unfortunately, there are no short cuts here. You simply need to start the cleaning routine earlier and reduce the use of chemical products wherever possible.
Question – How can I make post-party cleanup greener?
There are a number of glasses, utensils, cups and plates that can easily be reused or recycled. It always helps to use such items while throwing a party. You can also rent durable plates and glasses for a larger party. You need to remember that the city recycling program doesn’t accept all sorts of paper and plastic cups and plates. Make sure that you use the ones that can be easily recycled. Avoid using single use spoons, forks and knives for your parties and stay away from utensils with “compostable” labels.