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Environmentally Friendly Graduation Party Planning

So you want to be environmentally responsible in your graduation party planning, but you're not sure where to start? Not to worry! The following list of sustainable party planning tips should help you achieve your green goal in no time.

  • Ditch paper invites. Online invitations have come a long way since the early days. Today's digital invitations have the look and feel of printed invitations. Check out the graduation party invitations available on Punchbowl to start planning your event. Here are just a few of the graduation designs:

  • Hold your party outside. This may seem like a no-brainer with the nice weather in May and June, but you'll cut energy costs and conserve electricity by relying on sunlight for your party instead of lights inside your home. It's another reason to plant some flowers and add some nice potted plants to the yard.
  • Buy organic. When choosing food options for your graduation party, stick to foods and drinks that are made from organic ingredients and sold in recyclable containers. Your food will taste better, and it'll certainly be better for you, too!
  • Skip the plastic. A big source of waste at graduation parties is plastic dining ware. Instead of buying plastic cups, plates and utensils for your graduation party, look into compostable alternatives made from corn (and available for purchase online). Another easy way to avoid plastic utensils is to use your regular plates, cups, and silverware. If you don't think you'll have enough, look into renting additional settings to supplement what you have at home.
  • Use fancy cloth napkins. Paper napkins are another source of waste at parties. What better reason to use fancy cloth napkins than a graduation celebration? Take advantage of your cloth napkins to create a diploma place setting. Just roll the napkin like a diploma, then tie and curl a ribbon around each one.
  • Encourage carpooling. Carpooling is great for graduation parties because often your grad's friends will have other parties to attend and will hop from party to party. It's also great for venues with limited parking. Have a small gift or drink coupon waiting for groups of guests who arrive together.

If you stick to these guidelines for a green graduation party, you're guaranteed success on the big day. Not only will you be celebrating the new grad, you'll be setting a neighborhood precedent!

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