Embrace the season and bring nature's bounty to your decorating theme. Use live plants inside pumpkins, or fill baskets or bowls with apples, nuts, pinecones or other produce. Choose a theme such as pumpkins and repeat the theme in your artwork and details.
Let nature be your guide and bring the outdoors in. It's creative and more eco friendly. Contact your wedding planner for additional seasonal decorating ideas.
It's a simple statement, and I've said it before, but it is worth repeating. When it comes to making your wedding or event special, remember it is the special little touches that set your event apart from the others. But that said, remember that your "touches" can be Greener or Eco Friendly, and still have a large impact.
Look around your house, your neighborhood, or a local second-hand store to see if you can find anything that will add interest and uniqueness to your event. Highlight that old seashell collection, or collection of antique wedding pictures. Gather baskets of pinecones, acorns or other nuts, pieces of old lace, ribbons and buttons, assorted colored glass vases or jars, monogramed items, etc... Place these items around your cake or desserts, near your guest book, at the bar, or on a special display table. Sprinkling these items around your dinner buffet also adds a personal touch to the event.
Making the move to Eco-Friendly isn't difficult. All it takes is a bit of imagination, and maybe a hint or two from your event planner. Call for additional ideas and make your day spectacular and earth friendly.
Host your event during day light hours, and save electricity. Take advantage of nature's lighting, thereby saving energy and money. During the warmer months of the year, it is also suggested that events be held under large trees, which provide shade and assist in keeping guests cooler. Providing hand held fans or umbrellas can also assist in keeping guests comfortable. Contact your wedding or event planner for additional suggestions for being kind to the environment while creating the festive and memorable event you've been imagining.
We all know that reusable is the way to go when it comes to being eco friendly when hosting a party, but when the occasion arises and disposable products are needed, it's nice to know that biodegradable products are becoming easier to find.
Recently I found dinner plates made of plant pulp, and cups made of corn - and they were available at a local store! I nearly jumped for joy that I didn't have to order them from an on line store!
Keep asking for these types of products, and avoid buying the non-ecofriendly alternatives. The buyers from your local retailers will find what you need, if you ask - So Ask.
Think Green and have Fun Entertaining. It's not easy Being Green, but it is worth it.
Long ago, a birthday celebration included a special dessert served at the end of dinner. Then, at some point in time, parties became larger and more complicated, with lots of special supplies in addition to the special meals. And before we became aware that our party planning choices were making a negative impact on the environment, we would decide to have a party and head to the party supply store. We would stock up on plastic table cloths, paper streamers, latex balloons, mylar confetti, paper plates, styro cups, plastic forks, disposable centerpieces, and glitter covered invitations. Everything in the aisles were coordinated, and it was hard not to get carried away by all of the wonderful brightly colored, and festive decorations. These well-stocked aisles made party decorating easy and fun. Then something changed, and we took a look at how our simply party planning choices were impacting the environment. In times of old, washing extra dessert plates was the only extra thing required for a special occasion meal, and there was little or no additional trash to be added to the trash pile. But if you stop and look at the amount of trash that is created for a current day, traditional birthday party, you would likely be amazed. And while it is possible to think that this is only One Party....you must consider that this is One Party for you TODAY, and that you and your family have a dozen parties per year, and each family you know has a dozen parties per year, and when you multiply that times millions of families per year...well, it is a staggering thought to imagine how much trash has been created for This One Party. So as the time arrives that you begin the planning of your next birthday, or special occasion party, you will want to make the party festive and fun, and yet be gentle to the environment. It is possible to do both, but you may note that you are spending less time at the party supply store, and a little more time looking through your closets, pulling out older linens and finding new uses for your own possessions. Here are some suggestions for being kinder to Mother Earth while planning your next party.
1. Use fabric linens. Use linens you already own, borrow from a friend, or make them from sheets or fabric scraps. Make a "topper" for the table if you note stains on the tablecloths. You can rent linens if you cannot locate a sufficient number to cover your tables. Remember you can mix different patterns of white under cloths, and add matching toppers, such as a colored square. 2. Use washable dish ware, glass ware and eating utensils. Mix and match dishes and glasses, or rent them if you must have matching sets. 3. If you must use disposable products, use eco-friendly products such as: corn-based beverage containers, sugarcane pulp paper plates, recycled paper napkins, and potato pulp eating utensils. All of these items may be placed in your compost pile, and will add to next year's garden. 4. Live plants or candles make beautiful centerpieces. Give plants to guests as a favor, or plant in your yard as a reminder of your special party. 5. Skip the balloons, confetti and plastic decorations. 6. Use cupcakes and skip extra plates, and forks. 7. Have a day-time party, and avoid the need for extra lighting. If hosting an evening event, use candles placed in canning jars, and hung from branches in trees for outdoor lighting. Tin cans, with holes punched in the sides also make wonderful luminaries when hung from trees. Use solar lighting when possible, also. 8. Simplify. Take a hint from our ancestors and skip the streamers and fanfare, and make the special dessert the highlight of the event.
1. Can you eat it? 2. Do you want to save it, or will it be thrown away? 3. Is it useful? Can it be used for more than one purpose? 4. Is it made from, or packaged in environmentally friendly material?
After considering these questions, you can begin to design the event memento that will remind others of your special day, and will allow you to feel good about sharing with the guests.
While the old-style favor that was made of plastic, and wrapped in nylon tulle, may have shouted out, "Festive!", it's no longer the favor of choice. The traditional favor would have been saved in a drawer for years, but would undoubtedly find its way to the trash, eventually. Millions of weddings, with millions of favors, creating a great deal of non-biodegradable waste in our landfills.
Work to create a memento that is either edible (cookie or candy), reusable (containers), recyclable (glass), useful (fan for cooling at the wedding, or a note pad for later).
When designing your cake table, or other special table, think about incorporating items from your home that fit your theme, and by using what you already have, you are saving money and resources.
Use items from nature, such as rocks, pine cones, and acorns for a mountain theme, or seashells & driftwood for a sea side theme.
The photo above shows an antique window that has been painted with a wedding message. The window can be left this way, or changed for a future event. The candle is surrounded by tiny river rock, and the wooden carved love birds are a living room decoration. The backdrop for this cake table is actually a brown shower curtain, with window coverings draped across the top. This was useful in hiding a not so pretty background.
Take a look around as you begin to create your wedding decorating theme, and you may find that everything you need is right there. Talk with your wedding planner for ideas, and possibly supplies that you can borrow.
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Events Extraordinaire is located in Tuolumne County, California, and provides wedding and event planning services to areas such as Tuolumne, Sonora, Twain Harte, Jamestown, Columbia, Soulsbyville, Pinecrest, and MiWuk. We also provide wedding and event coordinating services to Calaveras County, California, to areas such as Angels Camp, Copperopolis, Murphy's, Arnold, Avery & the surrounding area. Events Extraordinaire is a small, family run business that began operating in 2001. We provide wedding, special occasion and corporate event planning services, and specialize in Greener or Eco Friendly planning options.
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