Idea Lab
« Return to Everyday Adventures

While we love a good party, we don’t love the negative impact it can have on the environment. Did you know that, with just a few easy swaps, you could throw an epic holiday party that’s also eco-friendly?

  1. Just say no to paper invitations. Sending paper invitations is definitely old school — and a complete waste of paper! Instead, invite your friends over with a virtual invite service such as Evite or Paperless Post, send a group text, or create a private event on Facebook.
  2. Don’t serve drinks in bottles or cans. Instead, put out two Bota Boxes – one red and one white. They create 85% less landfill waste than traditional glass packages, is BPA free and 100% recyclable.
  3. Consider a vegetable-based menu. Raising animals for food increases carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere, so why not throw a party sans meat? Pasta with homemade pesto is always a hit and you can serve it with Bota Box Shiraz.
  4. Make an investment in proper serving pieces. There’s simply no excuse for using disposable silverware, trays or plates. The quality is poor and they can cheapen your décor. Using more formal serving pieces and utensils allows for use year after year – and create less waste.
  5. Do. Not. Buy. Frozen. Frozen appetizers may seem like time savers, but they’re really not worth all the chemicals and allergens they’re made with, or the manpower and energy they require to process. Learn to love your kitchen! Here are 8 No-Cook Party Apps that can be made quickly and easily, even if you can’t cook at all.
  6. Choose cloth over paper. Fabric napkins and tablecloths are easy on the environment and instantly elevate your party. Yes, you’ll have to wash them when the party is over, but that’s a small price to pay when you’re helping the environment.
  7. Turn your holiday party into a food drive. There’s no reason why you can’t do some good while turning up! Ask each of your guests to bring a non-perishable food donation that you’ll give to a local food bank.
  8. Share leftovers. Reduce food waste by asking each guest to bring a container to take home yummy munchies. Did someone forget to bring one? No problem! Use an empty Bota Box. Just open up the box, remove the inner wine dispenser and you’ll have a transport-ready container.