Summer is the time for barbeques, backyard fun and family get-togethers. But, how can we do it all and stay sustainable at the same time?
Think outside the kitchen, or off the plate, and plastic.
• Use serving trays that come from the garden: light-weight ceramic tiles, left over pieces of wood from remodeling projects, or even cardboard cut down to size.
• Serve your food in its own containers: pineapple, watermelon, lemons, oranges, coconuts. Especially for desserts and salads, you can hollow out the fruit and then use the shell to serve your guests. There will be no dishes, no muss-no fuss, and nothing to clean up after everyone has left the party.
• Move the meal outside: it will make for a more casual meal. Plus, the change will make the party seem more special and memorable.
• You can wash out flowerpots and use them for cups, glasses, or even to hold silverware. And, if you aren’t comfortable using flowerpots, line them with aluminum foil, even the aluminum will be recyclable.
These are cupcakes baked right in the ceramic pots and topped off with buttercream roses – what better way to have a garden party than to make your own tasty bouquets? You can even use them to decorate your table.
• You can also use bamboo skewers for serving right off the grill. No need for silverware, if your guests can bite their dinner and carry it around on an earth-friendly serving utensil – like bamboo.
These are just a few ideas. I’m sure if you think about it, you can come up with more. And, if you do, please add them to the comments section and share with your cyber-garden friends.