Want to feel like a natural woman? Man? Go where nothing is concrete or plastic…have an “Envy” party where everything is organically green!
Our generation has become, thankfully, more earth friendly than those before us. We are getting excited again about using things that don’t create trash, that are good for us to eat, that can be grown in our own backyards.
Why not celebrate it? I think even your non-green friends would enjoy the exposure to a little green-ness, they will be green with envy, and will exit the party with ideas on how to enhance their own lives with a little organic flair!
This is an elegant dinner party…from the décor down to the last bite of dessert, your guests will be tantalized with organic flavors, sense awakening “green” cocktails, and gorgeous, natural décor. The earthy folk music in the background will only add to the natural feeling.
Get started with some recycled paper invitations. Send out 2-3 weeks prior to the party.
This is the perfect dinner to start about an hour before sunset for the ultimate “natural” atmosphere!
Have you ever wondered whether it saves more energy to use the dishwasher or to use paper? The answer is use glass and ceramic whenever possible versus creating disposables.
Set out interesting table cards that educate and become talking points, describing your setting and educating, such as:
- All candles are 100% Beeswax…support Bee Colonization! (Not only is it cute but funny, too)
- This table has been decorated with all natural products…
- Introducing the Green Apple Envy!
- Sip Your Veggies with this Avocado Martini ( this really is delicious!)
A vegan menu is suggested but you can always add some seafood or lean proteins for the fish-tarian and non-vegetarian guests.
If possible, have this party in your garden or backyard, but it is perfectly fine to have it in your apartment, balcony or rooftop!
Use an organic color palette such as off-white, eggplant, mint and sandy browns hues. Pull blooming branches from the forest and create an arbor for your entranceway.
For your table, cover your table with natural or organic burlap fabric. Use naturally dyed cotton pillowcases or burlap bags over chair backs and tie with raffia…better yet, use an assortment of antique chairs for their beautiful wood elements.
For your table setting, pull out all the crystal and china. Use clear glass votives and all natural beeswax candles. For your table centerpiece, layer branches in a circle as if building a wreath and put a large votive full of pebbles, leaves and sticks in the center (willows are a beautiful touch and can be found at your local florist). If you live in the city and have trouble finding branches, just flower it up!! Dried flowers are also easy to find and you can save those for your next occasion.
Wrap your silverware in linen or cheesecloth and tie with raffia. Scatter your table with wildflowers. At each seat, put a little terracotta flowerpot with a name card, and pick a package of seeds for each guest to take home.
Serve water on ice from the tap in glass pitchers or glass-bottled still water. No plastic bottled waters at this party!
As your guests arrive, greet them with the signature drink for the Easy Being Green party, the Green Apple Envy.
THE SIGNATURE DRINK
Green Apple Envy
- 1.25 oz SMIRNOFF® Green Apple Flavored Vodka
- 1.25 oz. sour mix
Shake ingredients over ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with apple slices.
Sip your veggies with:
- 1.5 oz Citrus Vodka by SMIRNOFF®
- .5 oz Dry Vermouth
- ½ cup ripe pulp from an avocado
- 2 tbsp dulce de leche
- 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
- ¼ cup milk
Pour all of the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into chilled martini glasses.
You can also offer organic or kosher wines and beers!
Here is a suggested all Vegan menu; if you prefer some proteins, add shrimp or chicken skewers.
The Best Guacamole
Avocado and Hummus Wraps
Arugula Salad with Black Quinoa and Green Goddess Dressing
Butternut Squash Lasagna – I love Giada’s recipe, it’s the best and it’s always a hit!
Last but not least, don’t forget dessert! Easy Vegan Key Lime Pie
While the sun is going down and you and your guests are enjoying a beautiful al-fresco setting, delicious food and drinks, great conversation and intellectual wisdoms, it will be hard to imagine that real life today is full of plastic and artificial foods. Why, when it can be this good?
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Diageo North America, Inc., the maker of SMIRNOFF® Vodka, has given me this product to try for my blog.