1. Seems like a no-brainer, but skip the paper invites and let friends know you're throwing a party via email, text, or old-fashioned phone call.
2. Serve finger foods that can be enjoyed sans-plates, and ask guests to toss their disposable napkins and toothpicks in your compost pile before they leave. Alternatively, offer reusable plates and cutlery, or a fully compostable line of flatware.
3. And as for that food, offer guests seasonal favorites—in fact, make at least one dish from your edible garden. People love to know that what they're eating was grown feet away from where they're standing. Serve cold favorites in homemade ice bowls (and when they're empty, leave them in your garden to melt and water the plants).
4. To quench guests' thirst, offer fresh garden-themed drinks (use fresh mint to garnish mojitos, or try making jalapeno margaritas). Serve hibiscus tea, complete with floating flowers, and fruit punch made with fresh local berries.
5. If you'd like to give favors, consider something garden- and eco-friendly, like heirloom seed packets, small potted herbs, or even a nice garden tool.
Do you have more eco-friendly tips for throwing a garden party? Please share!
(Image: Stacey Bode)