10 Eco-Friendly Entertaining Essentials for a Festive 4th!

Whatever your plans for the upcoming holiday, chances are you'll be spending at least part of the day outside—probably eating, possibly grilling, definitely relaxing. Here are 10 essentials for fantastic outdoor eco entertaining.

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1 An outdoor picnic table, like this one from Scout Regalia, is always great for entertaining.
2 A seasonal centerpiece, like this wild flowers and herbs arrangement.
3 Eco-friendly, durable placemats for your dinner or BBQ guests, like the hardy hemp versions from Australian company Armadillo & Co.
4 Festive dinnerware, but nothing too crazy that you can't use it at other times of the year. This set of vintage plates from School of Vintage are just right.
5 Corn on the cob? BBQ? Yes, napkins are definitely in order. Celebrate the colors of the day with these red patterned organic cloth napkins from Red Clay Co.

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6 Brew your own beer with this home brewing kitchen from the Brooklyn Brew Shop. The grapefruit honey ale sounds like an amazingly refreshing drink for a hot July day.
7 The perfect carafe and set of glasses for entertaining. The glasses stack on top so you don't take up precious space on your buffet table.
8 Outdoor lighting is a must, and this wine bottle torch remains a DIY favorite for parties that stretch into the night. (The fact that it's blue is a nice ode to the holiday as well!)
9 Oh mosquitoes. They are indeed out to get us. Keep them away with the help of the all-natural mosquito repellent soy candles from Hillhouse Naturals made from eucalyptus, lemongrass, and mint leaf.
10 Green your grilling! You can also check out this post for our views on using gas vs. charcoal, or perhaps consider using ethanol or these biomass firelighters.

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