How To Host a Green Bridal Shower

iStock 000011265830XSmall How To Host a Green Bridal ShowerCelebrating the joining of two people is a beautiful thing. If you’re hosting a bridal shower, you can make it even more beautiful by giving your favorite bride a shower that’s both good for her and the planet.

As always, there’s no need to think you have to do everything here.  We’ve tackled green guilt before, right?  Choose the tips that work best for you as the planner and your guest of honor.  The goal is to keep it eco-friendly, but also fun. Here’s how…

Create an eco-friendly atmosphere for your bridal shower

There are many ways to decorate a space in an eco-friendly fashion to create a beautiful, celebratory atmosphere for your green bridal shower. Doing so will set an earth-friendly mood that’s festive and worth talking about.

  • Choose eco-friendly table centerpieces. This can include things like soy-based candles, potted plants, or recycled glass vases filled with organic flowers. Better yet, grow your own plants and flowers and use them to decorate your bridal shower.
  • Skip disposables. Instead of things like streamers, balloons, and confetti that will just be thrown away when the party is over, work with decoration items that are repurposed and can be reused once the party is over. Things like pretty fabrics, strings of home grown flowers, or strung up kitchen towels that double as gifts.
  • Table linens and dishes. Don’t decorate with paper tablecloths and disposable dishes. Let’s face it – they can be a bit on the tacky side.  They’re also wasteful and resource-consuming. Use cloth linens, real serving dishes and utensils, and washable dishes and glasses. And if you don’t have enough, ask the other guests to bring some with them when they come.

Select green bridal shower menu and skip party favors

The next thing to tackle is what to serve your green bridal shower guests. Good food helps people feel comfortable and gets them talking, and all the more with eco-friendly choices. Here are some tips for planning a sustainable menu for your bridal shower crew:

  • Serve organic, fair trade items: You’ll find that you can buy organic, fair trade fruits and vegetables, coffees and teas, as well as flowers!
  • Bake a green bridal cake: You will also be able to find things like organic flour, sugar, dairy, nuts, fruits, and seeds for a festive and tasty bridal shower cake. Drizzle it with fair trade, organic chocolate and you’ll be all set!
  • Green favors: Don’t send your guests home with something that’ll just be trashed when the walk in their front door. Make your bridal shower favors (if any) ones that are practical and eco-friendly. Choose items made from biodegradable, recycled, recyclable, and natural ingredients, and ensure that they’re high quality. Better yet, send them home with the plant or floral centerpieces!

Help the bride select greener bridal shower gifts

In addition to working with your bride to select green gifts for her registry (she may do it on her own if she’s a green bride), make it easier for your guests to help with these tips:

  • Display showers: These are really fun and much simpler than conventional bridal shower gift giving. Instead of everyone bringing wrapped gifts, have them bring unwrapped gifts and skip the gift opening. It’ll cut down on paper consumption and make for a wonderful talking piece!
  • Reusable wrappings: Encourage guests to wrap their gifts in reusable “wrappings” like tea towels, linens, cloth gift bags, or fabric wrapping scarves.
  • Assist the bride with wedding planning: Instead of another “thing,” give the bride something that helps make the wedding planning process easier.  A massage gift certificate, Stress Away essential oil, or pitch in to help with the expense of a green wedding planner.
  • Give back: Ask your guests to bring a little something extra for the planet, such as financial donations for the bride’s favorite eco-charity or items for the local animal shelter.
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  • http://www.facebook.com/ElvieLook Elvie Look

    You have such great tips Amity, love them all. By the way…. your beer cupcakes sound like a recipe I would love…. if you share recipes. :D

  • http://www.GreenGiftsGuide.com Amity Hook-Sopko

    Thanks, Elvie :)  

    Yes, I’m very happy to share the link to the butterbeer cupcake recipe.  We first tried butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida this summer.  It’s quite rich, but very good!  This woman created the recipe on her own after enjoying the theme park’s butterbeer (and probably from years of reading the books and wondering what it would taste like)

    http://amybites.com/?p=623 

    If mine turn out pretty, I’ll post pics :)

  • Anonymous

    Fabulous tips and ideas…made me think that a lot of these ideas would work for all types of parties! Thanks Amity!

  • Tamarah Bartmess

    so many great ideas!  No if one of my sisters would just get married!  LOL

  • http://twitter.com/TiffanysToyBox Tiffany C.

    I like the reusing wrapping paper idea, smart! I also love the suggestion about helping the bride! I am big on not having too many things, so giving a gift like helping out or a gift cert is super green, and fab and I think the bride will always remember that as opposed to some lingerie…
    great suggestions, things I would have never thought of on my own!

  • http://groovygreenlivin.com/ Lori Alper

    Thanks for the great post full of so many useful tips. I like the suggestion for green favors. Maybe no favors at all! How about everyone donating to their favorite charity? Thanks for all the information.

  • http://micheletremblay.com Michele M Tremblay

    Amity,
    Great suggestions and I especially love your idea of giving a flower or plant as a favor ( :-) ) I actually have done that for many brides and guests love taking a flower, especially a long stem rose home!

  • Sue

    Great ideas, Amity.  I love using fabric for table cloths — you can match up so many with the seasons — and  make dinner napkins to match, etc –  I think the cupcakes sound yummy too!

  • Anne

    Nice post! Thought you might also like to know about ecoGarlands™ from Hip Hooray.  Reusable (at the wedding and reception after the showers) and 100% recyclable.  Hand made in the U.S. Thanks from http://www.hip-hooray.com!

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