Now that summer is here, it’s time to take advantage of the hot and sunny weather and entertain outdoors. Take an eco-friendly approach to your party décor with our green decorating ideas that look great, but that won’t harm the earth.
Herbs planted up in vibrant terracotta or ceramic containers make for spring party decorations that are both pretty and useful. Head to your local thrift store to stock up on planters (it’s OK if they’re mismatched – that adds to the charm) and plant them up with your favourite herbs. We like rosemary, basil and oregano, but use what you know you’ll use. Give them away as favours at the end of the night or keep them for yourself.
Skip the imported blooms which are shipped from far and wide for whatever flowers are local and in season. You’ll be saving money, making an eco-friendly decorating choice and be supporting florists in your neighbourhood. Farmer’s markets can often be a good place to find local blooms.
Decorate with Edibles
Show off spring’s bounty by using fresh fruit and vegetables to decorate. Kale and chard in tall glass vases, citrus fruits pied high in wooden bowls and carrots with their tops intact standing up in mason jars all make for fun, eco-friendly decorating ideas for any spring party. The best part: the only cleanup required is eating what you’ve decorated with.
Soy or Beeswax Candles
Candles provide instant ambiance and sprinkling them across several surfaces is a simple way to decorate for a spring party. Choose beeswax or soy candles over regular candles as an eco-friendly choice. Both of which burn more cleanly than other varieties. Beeswax tea lights in simple glass holders lined up down the center of a communal table, or clustered on smaller tables adds warmth and elegance.
Colourful Blankets, Throws and Pillows
Since spring evenings can still be chilly, ensure guests stay warm and your party space looks great by having colourful blankets and throws on hand. They add a homey, decorative touch no matter where you stack them (several rolled up in large baskets or galvanized steel buckets look great). Choose bright colour and bold patterns to really make a spring statement.
Spruced Up Garage Sale Finds
Create extra seating indoors or out and add a punch of colour to your party by upcycling salvaged stools and chairs. Paint them in some spring-ready hues like tangerine, pink, lavender and turquoise and place them around your yard or in your home. They’re functional as well as being decorative in a rustic-chic way that’s perfect for outdoor parties.