Invites: Save money and resources by sending invites via email or text.
Decorations: Skip the paper and plastic, and decorate with natural items. For example, for Christmas, you might consider natural items such as: evergreens, pinecones, or seasonal houseplants.
Party supplies: Use reusable dishes, utensils, and cloth napkins. Rent or borrow items you won’t need more than once, like large punch bowls and chafing dishes.
Food: Try cooking with gas and electric grills instead of charcoal ones, as they are better for the environment. Shop at the local farmers market and buy a wide array of fruits and vegetables for your guests.
Gifts: Pack gifts in reusable bags, or get creative by wrapping them with newspapers or homemade wrapping paper. If you dread shopping for gifts and wrapping them, or your friends and family already have too much stuff: Do something green by making a donation in their name to their favorite charity. For a list of great local charitable organizations, visit The Community Foundation of Macon County.
Trash: Be sure to recycle all items that are not reusable, like bottles and cans. And at the end of the year, don’t forget to compost your Christmas tree and recycle broken Christmas lights!