Eco-Chic: Sustainable Ideas for Your Summer Wedding or Party

Ahhh, summer.  Hot days, long nights, lightning bugs ... there is something about summertime that just makes you happy, even if you aren't crazy about the heat (like yours truly).

Summer weddings and parties can benefit from the season, and if you're hosting one of these events, why not incorporate a more sustainable element to your party?  Here are a few suggestions:

1.  Fruit centerpiece. Instead of breaking the bank with florals, why not do something fresh and unexpected like fruit?  Limes, apples, oranges, and lemons would work beautifully.  Just leave a note to guests to take a piece from the centerpiece on their way out.

2.  Starfish placecards. Nothing screams beachy fun summer like starfish.  Simply tie a placecard to the starfish with some ribbon or raffia and set out for your guests to take and enjoy.  I would bet most would keep the starfish and display somewhere in their home.

3.  Fruit favors. Offer up some edible favors to your guests -- instead of the expected chocolates, go for a fresh local fruit that is in season, such as berries or cherries. Yummy goodness and no waste: that's what I call a win-win.

4.  Ice cream truck. Full disclosure: I attended a rehearsal dinner a few years ago in which the bride and groom had an ice cream cart.  Those who know me know exactly what happened: I ate ice cream all night long.  It was delicious, and that goes down as one of my all time favorite rehearsal dinners, if only for the unlimited ice cream.  What about doing something similar? End your wedding with an ice cream truck to offer cones for guests to enjoy on their way home?

Got any other nifty ideas for incorporating a little summer fun into a party that also happen to be on the greener side?  Please share!

See you swoon,

{photos courtesy of Martha Stewart, Couture Stationary, and Fine Stationary}

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