Welcome to day one of the Ultimate Blog Party sponsored by 5 Minutes for Moms !!!
Ladies Holiday is comprised of four women/moms and this week you'll get to know each one of us and learn about some of our favorite, green, frugal and delicious party ideas.
First for the ice breaker: Ladies Holiday blogger, Deirdre, answers ten random, silly and fun questions:
1. Would you rather live in Narnia, Hogwarts, Middle Earth, or Neverland?
A few years ago I would have said Middle Earth, but now that I know He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has forever been vanquished from the wizarding world, I would go with Hogwarts.
2. You are forced to do one of the following, which would you choose? Sky dive, scuba dive, or ….
Zipline. Promised my daughter we’d do it…someday.
3. If you had the power to remove one thing (ie: flies, mosquitos, junk food) from the earth for good- what would it be?At the moment I would pick plastic, it’s on my list…(see my post about againbags) but I’ve wanted to save the earth since I was very young, so that is tough. If everyone on the planet could pick something harmful to the environment to eliminate, then I think we’d get somewhere.
4. What is your beverage of choice?Water. I know boring, but it’s really good. I lurve it, what can I say, I’m a cheap date.
5. What's currently your favorite song or album?The Shins- simple song.
6. Who was the last person you hugged?Two people- my kids, big group hug before school.
7. What was your first job?
Paper-route, I had an affinity for print from a young age.
8. First thing you think about when I wake up?
Why is the cat meowing?
9. What was your favorite age?Now, there is no time like the present!
10. What activities keep you centered?
Yoga, writing and my family, though not in any particular order.
Host a Green and Frugal Party with Eco-Friendly Décor and Supplies.
Plastic is so yesterday, but will continue to be around in our landfills for hundreds of years to come. So while it is convenient to use disposable decorations from balloons to goodie bags and supplies from cups to cutlery, it isn’t a smart choice for the planet and ultimately the friends and family whom we are celebrating. It is surprisingly easy now-a-days with both bought and homemade ways to make your party green, affordable and convenient. In order to do so, we have to understand why to make non-plastics and other disposables a priority.
Aside from not going away anytime soon, plastic damages marine environments, killing millions of ocean life every year. It is made from petroleum products so if you’re not into eating with oil, put down that plastic fork. Additionally, according to the Environmental Working Group, new research has come to light suggesting that plastic contain Pthalates and BPA (Bisphenol-A) toxins that can cause hormone disruption and a myriad other health problems. Other party supplies not made of plastic may biodegrade and if they aren’t used to eat with may not seem to pose as much a problem, however, these items are often manufactured in factories abroad where workers aren’t paid a fair wage. How we spend our money really does make a difference.
Now that we understand why it is important to move toward more sustainable and health-minded party choices we can take three simple steps toward hosting a green and frugal party.
First: Adjust our mindset; celebrating friends and family is not a disposable occasion and the items we chose to spend our money on and therefore represent us and who we are celebrating should reflect that.
Second: As we should for any event, take the time to get a solid sense of how many people will be attending, what you will need in term of supplies and what you already have at home to supplement purchases.
Third: Although it can be fun to shop the stores, getting what you need online is far less time consuming and in the long run most likely less costly when taking into account gas to the store, the impulse to buy more than necessary or completely forgetting what you already have.
All it takes is a Google search and you can have yourself a completely compostable party, from cups, lids, plates, bowls, and platters to cutlery you can host with a clean conscience. Everything from banners, to garlands, to confetti and candles is available in a biodegradable form you can feel good about. Valentine’s to Christmas and each holiday between can be celebrated in style, affordability and sustainability. Two of my favorites are: www.sustyparty.com, (my faves include the straws and edible finger paint) and www.greenpartygoods.com (my faves are the bio-balloons and floral garlands.)
To mix and match with purchased supplies and homemade décor, a simple search delivers countless easy, DIY decorations no matter your occasion. Another favorite way to search for party décor is on Pinterest. This kind of change doesn't have to happen overnight, it can be something moved toward one party purchase at a time. For instance make one swap at a time: paper straws instead of plastic and so forth.
1. Flowers- these colorful decorations can be customized depending on your theme and double as favors, give away a stem or arrangement to each of your guests. Save old jars or containers to have onhand and have kids/friends decorate to take their blooms home in.
2. Greeting Card Garlands- save cards from holidays and birthdays, cut out the images and string up with yarn or another repurposed fiber.
3. Photographs- Have boxes of uncategorized photos? Using double sided tape or photo-fixative to adhere to doors, drawers and any other surface that needs to pop or using clothes pins and line, clip photos and string up to show off that special someone.
4. Visit your farmers market: aside from fruits and veggies, depending on the season, you can find pumpkins, gourds and other festive and colorful items to display.
5. Newspaper, magazines or otherwise recyclable paper material can be used to make paper-chains to festoon the halls, walls and anywhere else.
6. Check out a second hand store and look for baskets, serving items, mix and match tea sets, lacey things and other items for a perfectly shabby-chic party.
7. A blank wall, projector and the lights turned low can entertain and provide a low-fuss way to enhance the surroundings with video or old family photos dedicated to "the person of honor."
8. Be the décor. Ask guests to wear a certain color, period costumes or an accessory.
9. Take a walk, go out in nature, and collect pinecones, sprigs of evergreen, forsythia or colorful leaves to add a touch of the outdoors, indoors.
10. Have a collection? Sea shells, smooth rocks, stamps, thimbles, corks, postcards, you name it, you’ve been saving all those items for years, for some reason, perhaps a display or a reinterpretation of what you’ve been hanging onto all this time will provide the perfect inspiration to enhance your space.
For Earth day and every day make your choices count toward a greener future.