Warm summer evenings are upon us and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than to throw a get-together with friends and family in your backyard oasis. You can green your backyard barbecues this summer and still host with flair by following these tips:
Choose to Reuse
Rather than disposable dinnerware and utensils, opt for your regular, reusable dishes. Or go with an unbreakable set that you can use at your outdoor parties for years to come. The Melamine dinnerware set from Sears is perfect for casual outdoor dining.
When choosing your dinner menu, pick ingredients that you can get at your local farmers market — think simple and fresh. At a farmers’ market, most local produce has been picked within 24 hours. It comes to you ripe, fresh, and with its full flavour, unlike supermarket food that may have been picked weeks or months before.
Make a Splash
Avoid serving beverages in plastic bottles and cans. Iced water or homemade lemonade can be served in a jug with reusable glassware and is a fresh alternative your guests will appreciate. Add some extra splash to your party by letting your guests make their own homemade soda or sparkling water in reusable bottles with an at home system like SodaStream available in Sears stores.
Mind the Mess
It can be difficult to be completely waste free so be sure your guests have access to containers for their recyclables. Plus you can toss leftover food scraps into a backyard compost — your garden will love you for it later.
Give your Party the Green Light
Enhance the evening’s ambiance by placing solar lights around your yard or patio so that as the sun begins to set you won’t be left in the dark.