VALLEY & CO. TIPS :: How to Throw a Sustainable Dinner Party

In honor Earth Day, we're sharing our tips on cleverly throwing a sustainable dinner party. We're always as mindful as possible when planning our events to keep these practices at top of mind (like renting items - saving on purchasing/transport/packaging - and sourcing from local purveyors. Steps like this are not only thoughtful to local partners, but they help to keep waste down at events. Please take a page from our entertaining book!

Tap local shops and artisans for the best produce, meats, and sweets. Vendors at farmers markets, butchers, and bakeries can often put in pre-orders for food for parties if you give enough advance notice. Many of our events feature purveyors within a 100-mile radius, and it's not only sustainable, but we get the freshest bounty!

Use recycled (or recyclable) paper goods for tabletop elements. We all love a beautifully penned menu and place card, and using a recycled paper for printing or calligraphy is a simple step to take over metallic or shiny paper that can't be recycled.

Use rented glassware and linens or pull from your at-home inventory. Not only does using elements from your personal collection help to elevate an event, but it cuts down on purchasing goods with Styrofoam packaging and waste. Things like wooden trays and even big coffee table books can make sure clever serving vessels.

Lean into edible elements for table top designs. Fresh citrus and fruit, veggies, and herbs are not only darling ways to dress up a dinner party, but you can use the produce in your kitchen post-event, or guests can nosh on berries and crudités tableside! Bonus points for edible decor!

Planning/design/styling: Valley & Company Events | Culinary: Table Catering Co. | Photos: Camera Shi Photography

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