We are less than a week away from the most quintessential American holidays of the year- the Fourth of July! From the beach to barbecues with friends and family, to ending the night under a star spangled sky of fireworks, this holiday is what summer is truly about.
When we host a Fourth of July celebration, it is important to make sure healthier, safer, and environmentally-friendly alternatives are used in the party-planning process. We have come up with some of our favorite ideas and resources to make this possible. Read below and get ready for a party Mother Nature will be proud of!
- Use sustainable or biodegradable plates – There are many options out there for tableware made from sustainable materials such as bamboo or compostable materials such as sugarcane that are better options than paper or plastic. One of our favorite options for plates are these handcrafted, all natural and chic Palm Leaf plates by Joanne Hudson Basics.
- Cut waste by using cloth napkins and tablecloths. Print these patriotic party signs on recycled computer paper for that extra-special detail.
- For utensils, consider using your own silverware placed in flower pots for easy grab-and-go. Serving a dish that requires a spoon? How about these biodegradable and delicious bread spoons you can eat! Pair with a Maine Lobster Gazpacho (recipe here) and you have the perfect summertime dish.
- Display beverages in an eco-friendly beverage glass dispenser or a Watermelon Keg. Serve in DIY Glass Milk Bottles repurposed from Starbucks coffee bottles. Garnish with biodegradable paper straws.
- Showcase candy, fruit, or flowers in style with a wire hanger and a napkin. Find the instructions in Emily Anderson of Eco-Chic's book Eco Chic Home: Rethink, Reuse, and Remake Your Way to Sustainable Style.
- Before lighting the grill, be sure to clean it the quick, easy, and eco-friendly way with these tips from Rodales.com.
When planning your menu, be sure to consider food allergies and lifestyles. This no-bake Vegan Cheesecake recipe is also gluten-free and free of refined sugar, but full of flavor even if you are not on a restricted diet!
Stop by the farmers market for local food which tastes better and is good for your body, your community, and the earth.
- Leftovers? No problem. Wrap up all of your goodies in beeswax with these amazing DIY Beeswax Food Wraps.
- Don't forget the entertainment. Minka's own Buoy Cribbage Board,custom made for us in Maine, will provide hours of entertainment for all ages. For the kids (and kids at heart), set up a non-toxic face paint station to get in the spirit.
- After the sun sets, light the way with DIY Tiki Torches and Recycled Soup Can Lanterns.
- Got bugs? We've got the solution. Made-in the-USA Madison James Fly Away Sticks are essential for outdoor dinner parties and afternoon barbecues. Made with non-toxic orange oil, they naturally keep bugs at bay without harming local populations of bees.
We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and would love to hear how you plan to celebrate this special day!
Have a safe Fourth of July,