The Three R’s
Instead of material gifts, focus on experiential or digital gifts.
Plan event activities that don’t require material items.
Prepare an appropriate amount of food only as much as you think you need.
Decorate with repurposed and reusable items.
For smaller events where food vendors will not be applicable, use reusable dishware. The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center Dish Pantry is an option (https://jrpc.org/) as well as using your own.
Encourage guests to bring reusable water bottles.
Bring surplus food home, send home with guests, or donate applicable items.
Compost all food scraps, food-soiled paper, and BPI-certified food serviceware.
Recycle all materials that can be.