How to Host a Sustainable Thanksgiving Dinner Party
The feast of all feasts is slowly coming upon us and we only have one question: are you ready? Thanksgiving is a time for a celebration of food and family. This is something we absolutely love, yet something that comes at a price. If not handled properly, the traveling, food usage and decorations can end up costing you and the planet way more than anyone would ever want it to. We definitely don’t want that. So, with our best party-hosting powers forward, we’ve crafted the perfect sustainable Thanksgiving dinner party for you, your family and the Earth to enjoy. Why? Because even though we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in London, we’ve never been the ones to turn down a great dinner party:
First things first: who are we inviting? Of course we would love to bring in all our loved ones from across the world, but an eco-friendly Thanksgiving calls for some serious sustainable thought. What is best for our planet? Keeping your dinner party nearby and intimate can reduce transportation emissions and energy use. It’s all about dialing it back! Try your best to make sure all your guests are coming to your party in the greenest way possible.
Going away this Thanksgiving? Turn off that thermostat, flick off those lights and get going. Try to use public transportation as best you can because when it comes to the planet, it’s about the journey and the destination.
Even though a majority of the time it’s more about what’s on the plate instead of the plate itself, we want to make it known that you can start from the bottom up with your eco-friendly Thanksgiving this year. Make it about the plates! There are hundreds of green ways to dine. Try and make your Thanksgiving feature wonderfully crafted bamboo plates and cutlery. Put your soups and gravy in coconut bowls. Want something fancier? Feature a dining set of pure, lava stone. Your food will never taste better.
A great dinner party calls for great cocktails and just because you’re going organic this year doesn't mean you have to compromise a good drink. Follow one of the recipes below to keep the party going and leave your guests stunned that you could ever craft such a perfect, organic drink:
Ginger Rogers: 8 to 12 mint leaves, ½ oz. ginger syrup, 1½ oz. CapRock Organic Gin ½ oz., lime juice, Ginger ale Garnish and lime wedge. Place the mint leaves in a glass, cover with syrup, and muddle lightly until the mint begins to release its aroma. Fill the glass with ice and add organic gin and lime juice. Top with ginger ale. Using a bamboo spoon, stir the drink from the bottom up to mix and garnish with a lime wedge.
Green Machine: 2 oz. kale juice, 3 oz. lemonade, 1 oz Farmer's Organic Gin, ½ oz. St. Germaine and 2 oz club soda. Simply pour into a martini glass and stir.
Blueberry Smash: ½ oz. CapRock Organic Vodka, 1 oz. Pearl LoCoco Coconut Vodka, ¼ oz. lemon juice, 2 tbsp. macerated blueberries and club soda. Combine the organic vodkas, lemon juice, and blueberries in a rocks glass. Top with club soda.
Green Bee: 8 to 12 mint leaves, ice, agave nectar, lemon juice and Blue Ice Organic Wheat vodka. Shake. Strain into a tumbler. Garnish with lemon zest and a mint leaf.
Tequila Old Fashioned: 2 oz. Tierras Organic Anejo Tequila, ½ tsp. sugar, 1 oz. sweet vermouth, 2 orange slices and 1 maraschino cherry. Muddle oranges, cherries and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Add organic tequila and sweet vermouth. Give it a hard shake and strain into a glass.
Finally, what we are here for- the food. Thanksgiving is a time for arguably the best cooking in the year. It’s a time where both expert chefs and dedicated family cooks thrive. No one cook is left behind. To have a meal that is as delicious as it is memorable is a feat, and we believe it’s easy to do so if you choose the more organic route and buy your food seasonal and local. Not only will it taste better, but it provides a more sustainable option to normal Thanksgiving practices of waste and overconsumption.
Also, know your numbers! There is no need to make more than you need, which is the golden rule of every minimalist. Visit your local farmer's market or bakery to pick up the freshest, cleanest foods in London. Your guests will thank you for their whole-hearted meal and naturally filled stomachs. You’ll be a Thanksgiving hero that is raved about for years to come.
If you cook the part, you have to look the part. Going sustainable with your decorations will be one of the easiest tasks this Thanksgiving. All you have to do is go to nature! Leaves, pine cones and wood all serve as beautiful dining accessories. Use mason jars and candles to spruce up their natural aroma and voilà! The perfect Thanksgiving eco-decorations.
Still feeling uninspired? Other pre-made organic decorations include wheat wreaths, local flowers, wooden vases or wooden wine wracks. That homey, Thanksgiving feel will only need a few of those, a little bit of love and lots of food (organic, of course!).
It’s only natural for guests to slowly, but surely, gravitate towards the televisions in the room or any other source of media indulgence during any dinner party. It’s Thanksgiving! We have no time for that. Encourage everyone to get outside and enjoy nature during your sustainable Thanksgiving. From organized turkey trot runs to homemade pumpkin hunts for the kids, there is really no reason anyone should be inside longer than dinner lasts. Get the entire family involved in a flag football game, pick apples that you can craft into dessert or go crazy and jump in the leaves. Now is better than ever to enjoy the company of your family and friends without any technological distractions.
There is one law that must be followed for every sustainable Thanksgiving dinner party: no food must be left behind. No ditching in the bin! Send your guests home with the leftovers using eco-friendly packaging like beeswax wrap or reusable silicone food storage bags.
Want to keep some for yourself? Try covering those bowls of turkey with washable, reusable flannel covers. Once it’s all packaged and gone, wipe your tables with an organic cotton and bamboo velour cloth. Then, take a deep breath. You killed it this year!