With so many fabulous parties taking place during the holiday season, it is no wonder that we stress ourselves out over the idea of throwing our own holiday bash.  But honestly, there’s no need to stress out over hosting your own gathering if you have the right theme.  The best party themes are totally personal, so think about what you love and use that to create a theme for your holiday soiree!

To help you get over your fears, I would like to provide you with four clever holiday party themes. Since I have a lot to share, I have decided to submit each theme separately.  Check out theme idea #1!

Eco-Chic Holiday Party – Parties can be one of the main culprits of excessive waste during the holidays. Try an eco-chic party, and you will be able to have a great time while taking care of mother earth.

1). Call or e-mail your party invitations.  Sure paper invitations are great first impressions for your party, but a personal phone call can make a party guest seem special.  You can follow up the details with an e-mail.  If paper invitations are a must, use recycled paper for the invitations – OR – consider sending invitation postcards instead of an invitation in an envelope.  An invitation without the envelope is less paper used.

2.) Encourage carpooling.  Consider setting up a party carpool list, and offer to place your guests’ names on the party’s carpool list when they RSVP.  This actually feeds two birds with one piece of bread because most carpools can designate a driver early on.  Developing and maintaining a carpool list is definitely extra work, but you directly affect the number of cards on the road for one night.

3.) Hire a green caterer.  Caterers are increasingly going green.  Before you hire a caterer, simply ask if they are willing to cater a green party.  Thinking about preparing the food yourself?  Consider purchasing your produce and meat from a local natural grocer, and purchase your baked goods from a local bakery. Don’t forget to serve organic beverages – I just discovered Square One Organic Vodka, and it quickly became a favorite.

4.) Rethink your décor.  Decorating your home for an eco-chic holiday party doesn’t mean minimalism — it means minimizing waste.  Instead of purchasing new decorations, decorate with items that you already own, and cut down on the twinkling lights.  Your centerpieces can consist of locally-grown organic flowers and soy candles.  Soy candles are made with the natural oil from soybean plants so they burn cleaner – that means a significantly healthier air quality.

5.) Forget the paper and Styrofoam! Serve your guests with your own dishes, glasses, and silverware.  If you don’t have enough, borrow some from a neighbor or make a trip to your local $1 store for glasses and dishes.  Then you can store them and use them again for your next soiree!

Love & Soul Always, Kay