This past Saturday we threw a big backyard party, and we didn’t even have to set out a trash can. Yep, that’s right, our party generated no trash – not a single piece. Want to throw your own no-waste party? Here’s a look at my set up:
Instead of buying a bunch of disposable cups, I just pull a few cases of Ball canning jars off the shelf. If I’m having a big party, I just pull a few more. This allows me to have matching glasses, no matter how big our parties get.
I pieced together a set of white dishes at thrift stores, and use them at every party. They’re loads sturdier than any disposable plates that I could buy, and they look a lot classier, too. After a party, we just throw them in the dishwasher, and store them away until our next party.
To get around buying plastic utensils, I started picking up odds and ends silverware from thrift stores and yard sales. I now have a large set that I can pull out for parties. This also means that I don’t have to take my good silverware outside (and that makes me very happy, indeed).
I have a large collection of white napkins that I bought second-hand. I pull them out whenever we’re having a party. I couldn’t even tell you the last time I bought paper napkins – it’s been years.
I paid $20 for this beverage jug at a yard sale a few years back, and it’s been worth every cent. It holds five gallons, so I can fill it once before the party, and be done with it. This one usually gets filled with lemonade. I have a couple more that I fill with iced tea and water. Making up bulk batches of drinks saves me a ton, and eliminates all of the waste that you’d normally have from serving soda or other store-bought drinks.
To make clean up a snap, we just stick a couple containers out for guests to deposit their dishes in when they’re done. Recognize this container? It’s one of the trugs that we rescued from a curb pile a couple weekends ago!
Trying to cut down on your trash? Check out my no-waste lunchbox set up for more ideas.