As 2009 winds down and 2010 looms ahead, we all begin thinking about the important things in life. I think most of us can agree that at the top of our list would be one of the most important things of all – throwing an epic NYE bash!
As always, I will be the one to 1) ruin your fun by saying that your party is killing the earth and 2) make it even better by replacing your old faves with your soon-to-be new ones. Here are some of the most crucial aspects to throwing an eco-friendly, yet equally bitchin’ New Year’s shindig.
1) Choose eco-friendly champagnes. This article on TreeHugger.com has a great list of organic sparkling wines at all price ranges. If you’re like me and still too poor to afford a bottle of anything over $7.99 then you can still opt for the favorites as long as they’re grown and bottled as close to you as possible. For example, if you’re a California girl, such as myself, you have the pleasure of sippin’ on BevMo’s finest. That’s right, I’m talking about Cook’s and Andre. You’re welcome.
2) Use real champagne glasses. I know you are all classy ladies out there, so kick the red cup habit and get something real stylish. If you can’t afford the cost and the injuries that result from broken glass, opt for acrylic or plastic champagne flutes. At Cut My Plastic, they can make you your own from high-quality acrylic sheets. Just be sure to recollect them at the end of the night so you can use them for your party next year (or next week).
3) Skip the streamers and confetti. Seriously, who decorates their party with streamers past the age of 6 anyway? If your party is not complete without the midnight confetti toss and next day incessant vacuuming, then be my guest. But please, please, please don’t waste your money and our precious resources at an overpriced party goods store. All you have to do is look in your recycle bin, dig out that old newspaper and start ripping it to shreds.
4) Ditch the Fritos and get your a** in the kitchen! By whipping something up on your own, your food will be yummier, cheaper, and healthier for you than those nasty processed foods. Plus, there’s really no way to know exactly how much the Earth died (tiny overstatement) just to get you your frozen spinach dip. If you’re ready to get your hands dirty but you don’t know how, just follow the recipe of your favorite party foods and then substitute the ingredients for organic, fresher, and less processed alternatives. Eat up!
5) Spend your money on booze. And not on your NYE party dress. Get real, you know you’re only going to wear it once anyways! Be resourceful and utilize all your resources before heading to the mall. Borrow clothes from your friends and match them with those shoes that you haven’t worn in a year. (I promise, nobody will notice.) If absolutely cannot live without a new party ‘fit, hit your local thrift and consignment stores today! Not only will you spare the earth’s resources, but you also have a higher chance of buying a designer label that’s actually within your price range.