Throw a Greener New Year’s Eve Party

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Happy New Year! This year I’m happily going to my friends’ house to ring it in. If you’re hosting the New Year’s Eve party, start the new year out right by keeping it green.

Champagne glasses
Ring in the new year responsibly. NH Archives. 

Dishes 

Use what you have! Show off your funky collection of wine glasses, champagne flutes and serving ware — and save money and keep junk out of the landfill by not purchasing plastic cups and plates. Ask friends to bring extra glasses or dishes if you don’t have enough. If you can’t stand the thought of washing piles of dishes on New Year’s Day, opt for post-consumer recycled paper cups instead of plastic or Styrofoam.

Drinks 

Instead of unhealthy, syrupy drink mixers, offer your guests 100 percent organic fruit juices, seltzers and strong herbal teas. Stock your bar with (or ask friends to bring) organic beers and spirits. If you open a bottle of bubbly, remember to save your cork and send it to Dan Phillips, co-founder of The Phoenix Commotion, a program that shows low-income individuals how to build their own homes. Phillips will reuse your wine and champagne corks for flooring!

Decorations 

Tired of Christmas decorations? Try making New Year’s decorations from materials you already have. This could be as simple as placing seasonal flowers and greenery into empty wine bottles or setting tea light candles into old canning jars. Instead of wasting money on noisemakers made in China, put a handful of nuts or beans in canisters to shake in the new year. For confetti, take some of that leftover wrapping paper, get out the 3-hole-puncher and scissors, and start punching holes and cutting shapes.

Snacks 

Keep your menu simple. Standby staples such as popcorn, trail mix, chopped fruits and veggies, and cheese and crackers are easy to prepare. To kick it up a notch, prepare a delicious cheese plate for your guests. In 30 minutes, you could also whip up this delicious Roasted Bell Pepper and Walnut Dip or Authentic Guacamole.

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve?