Monday, April 23, 2012

Go Green! Party Planning Tips for The Clueless Chick

In honor of Earth Day, here are a few of our favorite Go Green Party Planning Tips for The Clueless Chick:

      Choose a time of day that requires the least amount of energy such as mid-day when you will not need to turn on all of the lights in your home and can open windows for a cool breeze

      Choose a theme that challenges guest to “Go Green”. Offer a prize to the guest who was most creative in their effort to go green

      Choose a location that does not have a negative impact on the environment and is centrally located so guests do not have to travel far, or are able to carpool/take public transportation

      Choose a paperless invitation option, if you need to send a formal invitation, choose the highest Post-Consumer Recycled content you can find.


      Use your gifts for the guest of honor as decorations
      Clothesline filled with baby clothes for a baby shower
      Use the crystal vase from their registry wrapped with a large bow as a table centerpiece
      Create a kitchen utensil arrangements for a cooking shower


      Make your favors do double duty as decorations
      Cookie cutter used as a napkin ring
      Small bud vases with a single flower
      A Candy Buffet that allows guests to make their own favor bag (a bit overdone but still fun)
      Light weight favors hung from a clothesline with cute clothespins
      Skip favors all together


      Create a fun activity with items you already have around the house such as playing musical chairs at a kid’s birthday party


      Avoid serving food that requires additional packaging
      Serve a menu of locally grown foods

      Skip the bottled water, put ice water in a large jug or drink dispenser
      Purchase drinks in large containers as opposed to individual servings

Paper Products
      Get biodegradable disposable items (napkins, plates, etc)
      Set up recycling and compost station and tell a few key guest about it so that they can help point other guests in the right direct
      Invest in serving dishes and skip the plastic disposable ones
      Using real dishes and flatware will encourage people to only use 1 set and will significantly reduce waste
      In the summer time use mason jars to serve lemonade/iced tea

      Ask guests to skip wrapping paper/gift bags/tissue paper and wrap their gifts in the Sunday funny pages or a reusable shopping bag
      Save gift wrapping, bags, etc. to be reused

Let's plan an environmentally friendly Party!!  And yes, this is a sneak peek at Party Planning Tips for The Clueless Chick :-)

Happy Earth Day!

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