In this guest blog post, Roxanna outlines the basics of hosting an organic dinner party!
Not all parties are equal, and here I do not aim just at the level of entertainment. Take the example of hosting an organic, eco-friendly dinner party, which is a true blessing for both parents and kids. The beauty of it is that they are usually easy to organize, and are a perfect way to celebrate any occasion. Make it a delightful and delicious endeavor that will serve as a talking point among the children for months to come. Don't just ensure that the food is tagged organic, put the same label on all components of the amazing get-together.
Organic parties are not just about the food served on a table. Embrace the holistic approach, and infuse your organic notions into everything, from invitations and tablescapes, to party gifts and decoration. For example, send invitations via internet or phone, and eliminate the paper waste. Use candles in order to bring down the electricity consumption, or hold the party in your yard, among the spawns of the Mother Nature.
Encourage parents to come on foot, cycle with their kids, or use public transportation. Strive to get an accurate account on how many people will attend: This way you can avoid preparing too much food, minimizing the leftovers and throwaways. You have a chance to make a small difference with everything you do, and show your commitment to the sustainable way of living.
A table is the centerpiece of the green party, and we want only the freshest, most wholesome, and mouth-watering food on it. Now, to make a true organic menu, put the focus on the in-season, locally-sourced ingredients. Pick organic fruits, eggs, dairy, veggies, and herbs from community-supported agriculture, co-ops, local farmers, natural food stores and other sources.
It would be wise to stick to the familiar dishes you like, and steer clear from potentially disastrous kitchen experiments. Also, bear in mind that kids crave for a fabulous flavor, but also the eye appeal of the food. Thus, create a menu which is rich in textures, aromas, colors, and tastes. These qualities can be summoned by foods such as veggie bruschetta, or a phenomenal salmon, cilantro, onion and lime french toast.
Those who are not adept at creating the magic in the kitchen should not fret. Save your nerves and time by relying on professional services. Depending on the location, you should be able to find an appropriate organic party catering menu nearby. Another option is to invite friends, relatives or other parents to come over and give their contribution. That could turn into a separate party and an opportunity to forge new friendships and organic alliances.
Also, even without the cooking, you can still put your fingers to good use by crafting organic parting gifts. Think in terms of miniature pots of herbs, sachets of organic seeds, ribbon-wrapped containers of honey, or some “certified organic” products in nice, green packages. In the end, there should not be much waste lying around, and if there is, try to put it into a recycle, reduce, and reuse cycle - the mainspring of the sustainable lifestyle.
Consciousness about the food sources has broken into the mainstream, and today we are not faced with that many practical problems like the shortage of appropriate food. An organic dinner party is a great way to demonstrate to everyone that green thinking can come a long way and connect people of all ages. Pay attention to detail, and you will be able to significantly reduce the carbon footprint. Always remember that the way we raise our children today has a profound effect on the environmental problems in the world of tomorrow. Turn your party into a scrumptious, eco-friendly affair and see the seeds you planted growing in the years to come.
About the author
Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Highstylife Magazine.
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