Ed and I will be hosting an Open House coming up on August 23. It’s going to be a big picnic, with our families and friends, and we’re going to be showing off our progress on our house. We officially began building our house in late August of 2006, so the party will be just about on the house’s second anniversary. While there’s still a “short list” and a “long list” of things to do to finish our house, we feel like we’re finally at a point where we want to show it off! Not to mention, the plants are looking so good that the idea of an outdoor picnic is great!
While I’m getting advice from both my mom and Ed’s mom about the food and decorations, I’m looking for some blogosphere advice on how to have a GREENER picnic. So far, I’ve found some good tips from Crunchy Domestic Goddess in her post about her daughter’s eco-friendly birthday party. But I’d LOVE to get some advice from YOU, too!
Here are the steps I’ve taken so far to “green” our picnic planning:
- order biodegradable plates, utensils, and cups made of sucarcane fibers instead of plastic
- since it’s summer, I’ll use the best local foods available, including corn on the cob, tomatoes, fruit, and other veggies grown by my family, and clams that Ed and Chris will catch, to round out the traditional picnic fare
- big coolers of water, lemonade, iced tea, and a keg will help to reduce the bottle and can waste
- we’ll borrow Adirondack chairs and patio furniture from family for seating outdoors, in addition to quilts on the lawn for a real picnic feel
So, if you have some advice about anything picnic-related, including food, decorations, minimizing waste, entertainment for adults and kids, or anything else you can think of, please leave a comment!
Oh, and let’s just hope the weather’s better than this!!!