" I love to entertain. In the past six months, I have thrown a rock star-themed birthday party for my daughter, a Hanukkah party for four families, an Oscar party for my girlfriends, an elegant dinner party for eight and numerous coffee klatsches and casual Sunday night suppers.
With a little information and planning, it is possible to throw a party-be it a kid's birthday party or an adult dinner party-that is fun, tasteful and environmentally friendly. By thinking outside the typical decor and tableware choices and paying more attention to buying seasonal, local, and organic foods, your next party can also be a green party.
Using your own plates and silverware is the most environmentally sensitive option, but most of us only have enough to serve eight or 10 guests. When you are hosting a large gathering, are you stuck using disposable plates and cutlery? Not at all, says Pamela Brookstein, the chair of the Green Chavurah at Oak Park Temple. Brookstein's first suggestion is simply to invest in more dishes. She hits the Salvation Army and thrift stores to find inexpensive options. What about the fact that the plates do not match? Brookstein doubts anyone cares. The variety makes for a more colorful table, she says.