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Party Ideas for Green Events on St Paddy's Day

Party event planners are always looking for the next best thing for their events all the time, no matter if they are private parties, weddings or corporate functions.  More demands are made daily for party planners to create green events and since St Paddy's Day is close at hand why not create an easy St. Patrick's Day themed green event?

Green events are becoming more common and when party event planners are asked to produce a green event the first keywords to remember should be to reduce, recycle and reuse various components of a previous event.  For St Paddy's Day party decor, dust off those green candles from your December holiday parties.  As party favors, why not give away small tree samplings that your guests can plant and watch grow throughout the years?

Other green event party decor ideas include creating place card holders with corks from previously opened champagne and wine bottles.  Don't have enough corks?  Then just ask a few neighborhood restaurants to save some for you a few days or weeks before your party St Paddy's Day party.

 

Make it easy on yourself with invitations and send out e-invites.  There are many websites now that feature this service for free.

Still like mailed invitations?  Why not use seeded paper and after the party, either you or your guests can plant the invitations and watch them grow into potted plants a literal take on green events.  (Other invitation suggestions and advice can be found on pages 15 to 19 in Budget Bash.)

Caterers are also leaning more towards green events when working with party event planners.  More and more caterers now look to local suppliers and farmers to provide the produce and equipment for their green event and in turn, this action cuts down on the event's carbon footprint.

Creating a menu with seasonal food is another means caterers are using to help promote green events.

It's not hard to produce a green event even for novice party event planners: it just takes a bit of thought, product exploration and flexibility.  In fact, here is a fun green-themed cocktail party menu to consider for your St Paddy's Day party.

Cocktail Party Menu

Green Vegetable Crudits with Warm Artichoke Dip

Pesto Cheese Tortellini Skewers

Chipotle Chili Cheese Poppers

Stuffed Grape Leaves Drizzled with Olive Oil

Mini-Spinach Salad Cups

Dessert

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Green Apple Bites Covered with Caramel

Beverages

Apple Martini

Mint Iced Tea and Green Tea

Many of these menu items can be bought already prepared at your local market or deli.  The recipe for the artichoke dip along with other menus, recipes, party planning ideas and advice can be found in Budget Bash. I hope you found these ideas for green events helpful for your St Paddy's Day celebration and until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun and economical to all!

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Andrea Wyn is a special event planner with over 15 years of industry experience. She has been the Awards Event Supervisor for the Screen Actors Guild Awards(R) since 2000. Her book, Budget Bash-Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget, is available at http://www.budgetbashbook.com . She has an MBA from the University of Chicago & a BA from UCLA. To learn more about Budget Bash & events go to http://www.awynningevent.com