1. Invitations – while it may be appealing to send out cute glitter-covered invites through old-fashion snail mail, let’s be honest, we live in an age of connectivity and it only takes a few minutes and nimble thumbs to send a quick evite on any number of social media platforms. Set up a Facebook group, tweet it, gram it, snap it etc. – you’re already making a positive impact environmentally, and the fun hasn’t even started.
2. Mood – ambience is important to set the tone and vibe as soon as your guests walk through the door. Strobe lights, lasers bouncing off disco balls and pulsating Christmas tree lights are fun, but they’re still sucking up electricity at the same rate as your drunk friend downs a bottle of vodka before midnight. A good alternative is lighting candles, or handing out cheap, kinetically rechargeable flashlights. The soft glow of candle light is perfect for initial mingling and flash lights are essential for the inevitable 2:00am dance party.
3. Food – your best bet is finger food as it require no plastic forks or plates. Grab some veggies from a nearby street market and cut it in pieces. Make some dip and you’ve created a delicious fork free snack!
4. Drinks – arguably more important than the food at any party. If possible, get in touch with an organic brewery and talk to someone about getting a keg. The only real problem with a keg is the abundance of plastic cups getting used and abused. Mason jars are a good alternative. Write each of your guest’s names on a jar and that’s their receptacle for the night. They can even take them home to recycle them into their own glass collection, or use them to make pickles.
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