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Easy Ways to Green Up That Summer Birthday Bash

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Warm summer days are a great time for any family celebrations, especially children’s birthday parties! If you are planning a summer birthday bash for your child, or any family member, but want to make it as healthy and eco-friendly as possible without giving up any of the fun, these easy tips will help you green it up in fine style.

Lose the Paper

Traditional parties use a lot of paper and plastic! From invitations and gift-wrap to decorations and paper napkins, disposable paper and plastic goods empty our wallets, fill our garbage cans and waste precious resources. Instead, free your family from unnecessary paper and plastic by:

  • Skipping paper invitations – opt to send invitations electronically, such as evite, or even social media, instead.
  • Using colorful cloth napkins and tablecloths – consider starting a special family tradition by purchasing a special set of table linens that will only be used on special occasions.
  • Using real dishes and table ware – keep cleaning to a minimum by bussing the table frequently and loading the dishwasher as dishes are cleared away.
  • Incorporating party foods into the menu that do not require or minimize the need for dishes and flatware – such as cookies, wraps and raw organic veggie and fruit trays.
  • Omit cupcake liners – instead do like grandmother did and grease pans with oil and dust with flour for a non-stick finish that won’t send all those paper liners to the trash.
  • Purchase washable and reusable gift bags – use them to hold birthday gifts, party favors or to send home treats with guests.

Lose the Chemicals

From cleaning products to food dye, many products have unhealthy ingredients that can result in unhealthy exposure to chemicals. A birthday celebration is a great time to focus on freeing your home environment from these toxins. Here are five easy changes to get you started on the path to a healthier home:

  1. Use fruit juice to color frosting, instead of food dyes.
  2. Rid your home of toxic cleaners and commit to using safe, effective, all-natural ones, like vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice to handle all your party cleaning needs.
  3. Celebrate the birthday outdoors and then strive to serve more family meals outdoors throughout the summer to benefit from the fresh air.
  4. Create a shoeless home environment for the party and continue it thereafter to instantly reduce the amount of toxins, including harmful lead that may enter the home.
  5. Make your home healthier for guests and your family by scheduling a pre-party visit from Mopfrog of North Buckhead, an eco-friendly cleaning company, to give your home a thorough clean. Enjoy more leisurely time and keep your home sparkling clean for months to come by scheduling routine appointments.
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Host A Winning Super Bowl Party

Delicious food, beverages and a gathering of all your friends are the prerequisites for any Super Bowl party. This year, channel your enthusiasm and love for the sport by greening your party in order to cut back on waste. Taking it to the next level with these eco-friendly tips will make it the best Super Bowl party ever!

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Give the Menu a Local Flair

Instead of ordering wasteful, unappealing deli trays or boring pizzas consider making a simple, but delicious menu based on organically grown, locally available foods. For instance, grass-fed local beef can become spicy chili, nachos, herb-seasoned stew or deliciously tender meatballs. Locally grown fruits and vegetables and can be the base for scrumptious salads, platters (like a veggie tray) and deserts.

For convenience, remember to select foods that are easy to eat and easy to prepare. Stews, chili and finger foods are easy to keep at safe serving temperatures for hours, while still tasting delicious.

Think “Group” for Safety and Energy Conservation

To both save gas and ensure everyone arrives home safely after the party, enlist the help of a few guests to be designated drivers and have them pick up guests and deliver them to the party and then home again, afterward.

Choosing and Serving Beverages

Find local micro-brewers and wineries who utilize green production practices to get the benefits of both eco-friendly beverages for your party, and the chance to sample their delicious offerings. You will be supporting local artisans and helping the environment.

If, like most of the nation, your Super Bowl party is located in a region of the country that is experiencing cold weather, make use of the cold to pre-chill beverages for the party by setting them outside for a few hours before the party. This will cut down on the amount of energy required for ice and refrigeration.

Eco-Friendly Serving Tips

Continue your eco-friendly party theme by choosing to use real dishes, serving ware and flatware. Additionally, choose to use cloth napkins versus paper. While disposable is the easiest option, it is also the most wasteful and adds to the landfills. If you do opt for disposable, chose products made from recycled content.

Eco-Friendly Waste Management

Parties generate waste, even eco-friendly ones. To manage this efficiently, even if your household already recycles, label bins and place them where your guests will be able to access them easily. In addition, reduce waste by keeping a compost container for food scraps.  that can be added to the compost pile after the party.

Professional Cleaning Service

To clean up after the party, hire the professional services of Mopfrog. The eco-friendly and hassle free services offered at Mopfrog of Lunenburg will help you start off your week on a fresh and clean.

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