I've blogged before about being eco-fab; reusable party decor like paper lanterns and tablecloths, making party favors do double duty as a craft and a keepsake, etc. Today is all about more fun ways to save yourself some green and save some green...ba-dum-bum. First stop, Bash Events. Owner Paige Appel specializes in modern sensibility and sustainable practices for events and weddings. Check her wedding out in her Utterly Engaged spread; eco-fab details include renting her wedding gown, having an at-home wedding, organic food and natural decor. Her husband even painted the Love Is Sweet theme on their garage door. Loving this eco-friendly artist party from One Charming Party. Details include invitations made from 100% tree free paper and junk mail, favors are recycled crayons and upcycled notebooks, aprons made from mens’ dress shirts and fabric banners made from stained clothing and old pillowcases. Giggleberry Creations' book-inspired party includes cupcake toppers and wrappers made from old book pages and a handmade backdrop. Check out this eco-chic tablescape from Emerson Made at Ruffled; a kraft paper runner and stunning, reusable handmade fabric flowers are clean and practical. Plus, check out the Emerson Made site, not only will you find lots of fabric flowers but other green goodies. I heart this cactus-themed wedding board from Fine Stationery; succulents are more affordable than flowers, and of course last longer. Check out the tiny potted plants that work as favors and place cards and the wreaths made from cactus and succulent plants in a variety of colors and sizes. This summer fiesta at Design*Sponge also utilizes succulents and lots of tissue-paper projects, both affordable and recyclable. The fabulous Katherine Marie Photography used newspaper-wrapped gifts and mason jar treats for a birthday celebration. I bet she had ribbon lying around, it's a perfect use of leftover ribbon. The ladies at Lolliblog know how to stretch a dollar! Check out their favorite party details from vintage tea cups from a local thrift store, apron chair covers, yarn balls, to mini chalk boards for reusable name tags. In the Gospel According To Simply Green: Parties Danny Seo, the celebrity eco-stylist often called the "Green Martha Stewart" shares a plethora of eco-chic ideas; a few gems include making invites from recycled makeup compacts, salad-bar radish roses, baby-clothes shower invitations and tea lights from oyster shells. Check out this farmhouse brunch from Pottery Barn, so many great elements you can duplicate! A casual tablecloth is layers of brown butcher paper with pencil outlines of place settings, flowers, even personalized messages. The fun place tags at each seat are torn squares fastened to the glasses with rubber bands. They even fashioned an edible napkin holder out of the large outer leaf of a cabbage. Overhead, hang multiples of our mason jar candleholders, with herbs and single flowers tucked into the rim with rubber bands. Not Just A Mommy!
Have the girls over for a gift wrapping night this week. Tell everybody to bring over all their unwrapped gifts for a wrapping extravaganza. Whether you're gathered around your dining room table or you're sitting on pillows on your kitchen floor, it will be fun chatting with your friends over a job that is usually solitary. Provide plenty of scissors, tape, ribbons, and interesting gift-toppers.
Ask your friends to bring their favorite wrap and/or any spare rolls to share. Pick up a few extra rolls, just in case there are some big gifts that need lots of paper. You also could save this Sunday's comic page from the newspaper for some good ol' fashion "funny" wrap job. Plain butcher paper can be decorated with stickers or stamps, if you'd like to get really creative. Also, colored foil is a really stunning wrapping paper.
Take a walk through your nearest craft store and your bound to find some interesting items to share with your guests. You could also gather some beautiful leaves, pine cones, or small pine tree branch pieces. You'll have so much fun that you'll soon make this a yearly tradition.