This is Day 39 of the Green in 365 series!
Hosting guests for dinner or a party is a great way to show others the green changes you are making around your house, and to encourage them on their own journeys toward green and natural living, without being preachy about it. You can show them by example.
And in case your dinner table is usually covered with paper plates, plastic silverware, paper napkins and disposable cups when you have friends or family over, here are some easy ideas for green hosting.
• Use real plates, silverware, and glasses and cloth napkins. We talked earlier this week about eco-friendly dinner ware, and we’ll be talking next week about using cloth napkins.
One other idea if you are hosting a big party or a lot of guests and don’t have enough tableware, is you to buy some cheap washable plastic plates and use those instead of paper plates. The nice thing about is that you only have to buy them once, and then you can reuse them every time you host a big gathering. That’s what we used when we hosted small group for our church at our home every week.
• Serve good food. Of course you want to serve tasty food to your guests, but also don’t cut corners when it comes to quality. Serving guests from scratch, real food is a great way to introduce it to them, especially if they haven’t had a lot of experience with real food before. This is especially an important tip for those of us with families who might think we’re a little crazy for our food choices!
• Relax about your house. We all want our homes to look nice and be presentable, but don’t stress out too much about how clean your house is. The truth is you guests are there to hang out with you, they probably won’t really notice whether your house is actually deep cleaned or not, and if you have kids and they have kids, your house will probably be quite a bit messier when they leave than when they arrived. So relax and enjoy yourself, and then your guests can relax and enjoy themselves too.
What other tips do you have for green and natural hosting guests?
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