Local Eco-Events/Eco-Party Write-Up
by Waste Less Living, Inc.
Mary and Ted’s Wedding Reception
Elegant and light-hearted and simple, it was a perfect, sunny California day for a reception honoring a beautiful couple! And it was such a dear and precious moment as the couple addressed the crowd and spoke on the miracle of their meeting and relationship. Their testimony instilled hope and wonder and laughter and faith in all who attended.
My Personal Ingredients for an event that “Wastes-Less”:
- I found tea plates at a local thrift store for prices ranging from thirty cents to one dollar per plate. Each guest was invited to take their plate home as party favors and use it for the small breakfast foods made available. A sink was also available for immediate washing.
- Used natural twigs, branches and leaves as the major elements of the centerpieces
- Created additional décor out of printed paper that could be composted
- Borrowed cloth napkins and cloth tablecloths (such a blessing!)
- Used glass jars for the centerpieces and used their tops as additional candle holders (gave both away along with the entire centerpiece designs to attendees who wanted them)
- Created “Thyme Lime” party favors: limes were cut in half, scooped out, the shells filled with Waste Less Living’s brand of compost and sprigs of thyme planted in each. Little paper butterflies were attached to wooden (compostable) toothpicks and stuck into the soil. The lime shell and everything in it can be planted right into the ground; the lime fruit that was scooped out helped make a simple, lime flavored drink.
We used the following compostable items from Waste Less Living, Inc. : sugar plates for the cake, as well as the corn-based forks & wooden stirrers for our food and drink.
Once the fact was announced that all food scraps and tableware could be composted, the attendees reacted with a little bit of “aahing” at the idea. And, surprisingly, were quick to understand and endeavor to respect the request to reuse their utensils, versus throwing them away and getting new ones.
It felt like a great accomplishment—and pretty innovative—to end up putting most of what was left over (food, plates, utensils, unclaimed party favors, décor, etc) into the compost receptacle!
Overall it was an event that, in every detail, thoroughly endeavored to honor the couple and each of the attendees for whom they care so much.
~ Event Coordinator: Quoleshna Elbert
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