Finding a natural solution
Time to pop open the bubbly, don ridiculous hats and make resolutions—it’s New Years! Whether you’re enjoying a nice quiet evening at home or hosting a party, consider these tips for throwing a greener New Year’s Eve party:
Lighting: Good lighting goes a long way toward setting the mood at a party. If you’re looking for decorative lighting, look no further than Natural Home’s DIY lighting projects. Craft a chandelier from baby food jars, plastic cups or cut glass. For a softer look, decorate plain paper lantern shades and hang them around the room.
Spruce up plain paper lantern shades with a few dabs of paints. Photo By Susan Wasinger.
Candles: Tea lights and votives make for the simplest and easiest of party decorations. Consider the health of the planet, as well as your own health, and choose soy, beeswax or palm wax candles. GoodLight Natural Candles sells sustainably harvested palm wax tea lights and votives in bulk, making it easy to decorate for less.
If you’re feeling extra crafty, make your own elegant, conical candles using stubs of old candles and a kitchen funnel. Need candleholders? Create your own candleholders using old wine bottles and a glass-cutting kit.
Make your own conical candles (left) using stubs of old candles, or buy sustainably harvested palm wax tea lights in bulk (right). Photo By Susan Wasinger and Courtesy GoodLight Natural Candles.
Centerpieces: Want a beautiful centerpiece but don’t have time to make one? Create an elegant, eye-catching but easy centerpiece with a few cuttings of holly or pine branches, candles and water—and just a few minutes!
Simple cooking means less stress for you. Make healthful, organic food using local goods for your guests. Finger foods such as cheeses, crackers and fresh-cut veggies will please both host and guest. For an appetizer that looks fancy but takes only a few steps to make, check out Muir Glen’s Caramelized Onion-Tomato Foccacia Bread or this super simple homemade recipe for baba ganoush.
Enjoy natural and organic champagne and sparkling wine at your New Year's Eve party. Photo By Smaky/Courtesy Flickr.
Serve up organic champagne and cocktails at your party. Make this super-simple Casa Noble Organic Margarita using only lime juice, agave nectar and tequila, or step up your game with an Organic Honey Ginger-Lemongrass Martini. Another easy solution is to buy your favorite organic spirits and mix them with a pre-made organic cocktail mix.
If you’re serving up the traditional champagne or sparkling wine, check out Grist’s review of natural, affordable options.