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Throw the Perfect Fall Dinner Party With These Tips

| 10/8/2018 8:12:00 AM

As much fun as summer is, most of us can't wait for fall to roll around. Aside from the cozy fashion, brisk weather and holidays, there are all the warm flavors of the season to celebrate, too.

All these assets combined also provide you with ample inspiration for a fall-inspired dinner party. As a bonus, the feast you prepare can go easy on the Earth, too. Here are six tips for a party that's equal parts enjoyable, autumnal, and eco-friendly.

fall soup
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1. Shop Local...

This tip should apply all the time if you're actively in pursuit of a green lifestyle. Local shopping benefits the Earth as much as it does you and the local community. For starters, transporting a nearby farmer's goods to you requires much less fuel than, say, an international flight tasked with bringing the same products from overseas. On top of that, you'll be putting your money back into the local community, thus building up small businesses. If you need any more incentive for buying locally, the food tends to have more nutritional value than something grown and shipped from somewhere else. Time to find a nearby supplier and get shopping.

2. ...and Seasonal

To that end, your fall dinner party menu will undoubtedly incorporate those seasonal flavors we mentioned previously. This is good news, because buying produce that's in season is a boon to the environment. If you're buying something out-of-season—say, a sweet, summertime watermelon in the middle of fall—then you know it had to be shipped in from somewhere with the right climate. That's not good for the environment, nor is it good for you, as we've already learned.

You'll want to familiarize yourself with the produce that's suited for fall growing. From apples and pumpkins to Brussels sprouts and pomegranates, you have plenty of perfect autumnal choices. Imagine all the good you can do by combining tips one and two and planning your dinner party menu with local, seasonal ingredients. You, your community and your guests will all be pleased with your careful shopping.

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