The Environmentally Friendly Dinner Table
If you're serving a full meal, or simply sharing appetizers, do it with a nod to your green values by keeping unnecessary waste out of the trash bin.
Skip the paper plates, plastic utensils, and disposable cups. Instead, use the good serve wear tucked away in the back of your pantry. Or invest in colorful ceramic plates and drinking glasses that you can use for future parties too.
Forego decorative paper napkins. Purchase washable napkins that match your dining room decor so you can use them daily. Are you crafty? Make your own napkins by upcycling unused cloth items, like tablecloths, placemats, or sewing scraps.
Use a linen tablecloth. Invest in a few cloths that fit your table and use them over and over. This is a much greener option than tossing soiled plastic table coverings after each event you host.
Go Green with Your Special Meal
Even the food you serve can be chosen with its impact on the environment and local community in mind.
Buy from the farmer's market. Stock up on fresh produce, baked goods, and desserts for your party from local producers. When guests comment on the quality, mention that you enjoy supporting local families with green farming practices.
Keep your drinks eco-friendly. Serve homemade apple cider, fresh-squeezed juices, and other drinks that avoid non-recyclable packaging. Did you know a2 Milk® cartons are recyclable?.
Make recipes mindfully. As you stock up on ingredients to prepare your menu, read the labels on what you're purchasing. Was it sustainably harvested? Is the product free of genetically modified (GMO) ingredients? Fun fact: a2 Milk® is from cows that have not been treated with rBST growth hormone.
Eco-Friendly Party Favors for All
Finally, no party is complete without a little something special for your friends and family to enjoy after the festivities are over.
Share packets of seeds. Encourage more butterflies, bees, and birds in your community by offering envelopes of wildflower seeds for guests to spread. They can add them to their own yards or donate them to a local park.
Make a homemade treat. Do you have an apple tree in your yard? Or leftovers from the summer garden? Turn your bounty into fresh apple butter, pickles, or another delicious goodie that your guests will appreciate trying after they get home from the party.
Skip physical favors. Why not make a donation to a charity that everyone in the group admires in honor of the special event? Or, share a special talent. Can your child read a poem or sing a song for everyone as a parting gift?
When planning for your eco-friendly party, don't forget to make a shopping list. You'll want to stock up on a2 Milk® to help you prepare for the meal, from making homemade butter to having enough milk on hand for your coffee, tea, and milk drinkers!