Who doesn’t enjoy a good party? We all love partying and having fun with our dear friends, but when it’s time to clean up afterwards, we all grunt and moan and lament over our fortune. Everyone agrees that cleaning up after a party (especially a good one) is never fun, and taking all those trash bags downstairs can really make you feel down. If you’re hoping to skip this step the next time you throw a party, here’s what you should do:
Don’t go on a shopping spree
We understand that you want everything to be perfect and that this also includes decorations, but instead of going out and spending a fortune on the things you’re only going to throw out afterwards, why don’t you change things and improvise a bit? You can look around and try decorating with the things you already own, turn foods and drinks into décor too, or you might head out and rent some of the party supplies rather than buying them. This way, you won’t have to store them or throw them away afterwards, and this might even help you save some money too.
Buy in bulk
The things you have to buy, though, try buying in bulk. This means buying large quantities of foods and drinks at once instead of buying a dozen smaller packages. You can even turn to the internet for help: you can easily order drinks in bulk too; get your favorite gin online and make sure you have plenty for all your cocktails. You could also try going to stores that encourage their customers to bring their own bags and containers rather than taking plastic ones. Instead of candy bars and chips, you could opt for dried fruit, chopped veggies, and nuts for snacks. This way, you will be able to get snacks and drinks without having to worry about a ton of plastic wrappers and garbage afterwards.
We already mentioned that you can easily reduce the waste by planning your décor ahead, but you can also try some of the more “advanced” methods. For example, instead of buying paper plates and handing them over to your guests, why don’t you use simple cloth napkins instead? Not only can you sew these on your own quite easily, but you can reuse them afterwards too! You can hand people their food on cloth napkins – it’s eco-friendly and perfectly lovely too. You can also use ceramic mugs as well as metal spoons rather than plastic disposables. You could always borrow some of these from your friends and/or neighbors, or perhaps even from community kitchens and churches (depending on where you live and what kind of a party you’re throwing, of course).
Even though sudden parties can be incredibly fun, they are also a nightmare to clean up afterwards. This is the reason why so many zero-waste parties take a lot of time to prepare and organize: you don’t want to waste time and end up with a lot of waste. If you’re sending invitations, simply send e-mails or text people, and you can even use the opportunity to tell them why you’re inviting them this way. You can make garlands and pinwheels of paper and store them afterwards to use them for one of the future parties. You can also think about the menu and try baking cookies and making snacks on your own instead of buying them in a store.
People who love throwing parties and entertaining people will love the tips we prepared here because these will make the aftermath of a very good party much easier to deal with. When you don’t have a ton of garbage to think about after a good party, you will feel much more cheerful and relaxed, and not to mention the fact that zero-waste parties are great for the environment too.