Whether it’s a casual backyard BBQ or an upscale garden party, its always more fun to take the party outside when the temperature rises.
This summer, why not make your get together a little more environmentally-friendly? You’ll feel good doing your part to help the environment, and might even save some cash along the way with these green tips.
Bathe your patio in soft, romantic lighting -- without electricity!
Citronella candles have come a long way since the rusty metal tin design. Many house ware stores, and even big box retailers, carry modern designs that will complement your décor.
They also come in votive and tea light styles, so you can repurpose your indoor candle holders outside.
Tiki torches with citronella oil add a tropical tone – you’ll feel like you’re on vacation, without leaving your backyard!
Plus, you can refill them and use them again, year after year. Bonus: bugs will stay at bay, without icky chemical sprays.
Pick up some inexpensive solar lights to decorate your garden, and let the sun do the work.
When fully charged with rays, they’ll add some lovely accent light for 6-8 hours -- plenty of time to get your party on!
For a simple and pretty centerpiece, fill a glass serving bowl with water, then add some tea lights.
You can also group a few small water glasses together too. The candles will float, adding a delicate flicker of light to your night.
When the night is done, you can dump the water on your garden. For an even cooler effect, add a few drops of food coloring to the water.
Sure, paper plates and flatware are easy, but they do a number on the environment!
Why not add a touch of class to your party and purchase some reusable dinnerware? You don’t have to haul out your fancy china, but there are plenty of lightweight plastic dishes that are both dishwasher safe and perfect for picnics.
Reusable plastic flatware -- with style, even -- is also widely available. You’ll save the environment, and some cash, in the long run. Hauling out the special party plates might even get you in a festive mood!
Cloth napkins will definitely let your guests know you’ve gone the extra mile for them -- even if you’re just ordering pizza.
They are easy to toss in the wash at the end of the night, and can coordinate with your décor and party theme.
You can even make your own without much fuss. Check out the clearance section of your local fabric store, and pick up a few yards of cheap cotton fabric.
Cut it into napkin sized squares with some pinking shears to prevent fraying, and you’ll have a stack of napkins in no time.
Decorations & Invitations
Party decorations can get expensive, and most of the time you only use them once before they end up in the trash.
It’s easy to make decorative banners and even invitations out of old magazines, newspapers, even gift wrap.
Use clippings in a set color scheme, or pictures relating to your party --cooking magazines with food and wine shots for a dinner party, exotic landscapes from a travel mag for a Bon Voyage, etc. Be creative!
By making invitations and decorations from the same material, your party will have a common thread and look well thought out -- even if you just planned it last week. Check out the tutorials below for instructions.
If you don’t have time to make your own invites, design your own online invitations right here on Celebrations. They make it easy to manage your guest list and more. Plus, you’ll save paper – and stamps.
Add some festive flare to your next garden party of BBQ with this quick and easy pennant banner craft. Best of all, you can make it for free by using supplies you already have! Read More
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