Eco-Friendly New Year’s Eve Party Favors

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Ringing in the New Year with friends and family is a great way to celebrate the possibilities that stretch out in the New Year and say goodbye to events of the last 12 months. This year, make your party reflect your new awareness of being eco-friendly in a disposable society. The party favor ideas below will have your guests ooh-ing and aah-ing and will help them start practicing green habits too.

Ideas Start Small
This easy idea is all about the symbolism of how great ideas start small. A few weeks before your big New Year’s Eve bash, start putting aside the small glass jars from baby food that your child is eating. If you have no small children, you can still purchase the jars of diced vegetables and use them in soups for yourself. Wash and dry the jars and lids thoroughly, making sure that there are no remaining food particles inside. Next, fill the jars up about three-quarters of the way with potting soil. Poke a few holes in the metal lid with a screwdriver so that the soil can breathe and does not get moldy. Place the lid on the jar and tie it off with a colorful ribbon. Attach a small card that contains a few marigold or herb seeds to the ribbon and pass them out to friends and family as they arrive at the party. You can also place them in a cheerful basket by the front door for guests to grab as they are leaving.

Mix It Up
Give guests the gift of dips this New Year’s Eve. When making your own dips for the party, make a double or triple batch of the dry ingredients and put them into small zippered bags or fabric drawstring pouches that you have made. Include a small card that lists the ingredients and gives directions for turning the dry mix into a delicious vegetable dip. If cookies are more your thing, layer dry cookie ingredients into a large mason jar and attach the directions for which wet ingredients to mix in to form cookies.

Seed Paper
Make your own seed paper by recycling scraps of newsprint and other paper that tend to accumulate in the house. The Internet contains ton of sites on how to create homemade paper. Add flower or herb seeds to the mix and the paper will grow when planted. When the sheets of paper have dried, cut them into small post-it size squares and staple a bunch together to make a notepad. Your friends and family will enjoy the convenience of a new notepad, and will be excited to plant their grocery lists and reminders when they are finished with them. You can also turn seed paper into invitations for your party instead. Fold a sheet of paper in half and write a personal note inside to invite your guests. You can attach a pretty photo or favorite saying to the front of the card if desired. While the favor will be given before the party, guests will remember your unique invitation when their flowers and herbs bloom in the spring.

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