Eco-Friendly Tips for Entertaining

April 22, 2011 Katja Presnal

Skimbaco Home will start featuring easy entertaining ideas and party decorating tips every Friday.

I personally love last minute entertaining and making something out of nothing. While I like planning big parties and inviting a lot of people as well, the best parties tend to be the ones that are last minute, and with “use what we have” mentality, when the focus is on having a good time instead of trying to make everything perfect. This is often also the greener way of doing things and I decided to start my weekly entertaining tip feature with green party tips to celebrate the Earth Day.

ECO-FRIENDLY INVITATIONS:

· Make invitations out of recycled paper or other recycled material.
· Send an email invite via Paperless Post.

GREEN PARTY FOOD TIPS:

· Use organic and locally sustained food.
· Serve finger foods to skip using plates and utensils, and use cloth napkins that can be washed and used again.
· Make dishes that don’t require the oven or electricity to prepare.
· Be creative with food, licorice ends can be cut off to make edible straws for the kids.

GREEN PARTY DECORATING:

· Use recycled soup cans as flower vases.
· Use what you have: use coffee table books and stack them as a centerpiece, add a small plant on the top.
· Potted plants and flowers are eco-friendlier than cut flowers. You can also buy small potted flowers and fill your party space and tables with them and then give them as party favors.

ECO-FRIENDLY PARTY FAVOR IDEAS:

· Have a recycled book exchange for the kids and adults, instead of favors.
· Decorate canvas shopping totes or brown bags with eco-friendly paint, old buttons, etc. as a party activity and a party favor bag.

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

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