I recently wrapped a radio promotional tour for new book Simply Green Parties, and I have to say one of the most common questions I got asked that I never knew how to respond was "what’s your favorite project in the book?"
Simply Green Parties is filled with over 50 projects and 101 ideas on throwing the perfect birthday fete, dinner party, baby shower and much more. It’s all using stuff we already have—to make invitations, tablesettings, gifts, decorations and anything else you need to have a festive day. To pick my favorite? Horrors. It’s like picking a favorite child.
Well, not quite the same. So after much thinking, here are my top 3 picks from the book:
PAINTER’S TARP CANOPY: I love the simplicity and functionality of this idea. Grab that old canvas tarp in the garage and hang it high up in the trees as a canopy. It creates an instant "room" outdoors for your summer time dinner party. Cozy, unexpected and EASY!
BLUEPRINT TABLE RUNNER: I think blueprint paper is really beautiful and handsome. You either have blueprints of your existing home or you can find stacks of them at junk shops or even on Ebay. I bought this blueprint of the Golden Gate bridge and had it laminted at my local Staple’s office supply store. It cost about a dollar to professionally laminate and it looks perfect and amazing. You can use maps from those oversized driving books as placemats, too. Laminating preserves the paper and spills can be easily wiped up. One simple step!
HANGING SOLAR LANTERNS: Love, love, love this. I’ve been doing this for years. Grab those solar lights from the driveway and hang them high up on the trees. Use metal hooks from the hardware store (normally used to hang bird feeders) and let the lanterns glow in the trees. During the day, they charge in the bright sun; at night, they cast a soft sheen. You can also line sidewalks with lanterns, too. Just let them rest right on the ground to guide guests through the dark.
If you like these ideas, you’ll love my new book! There are 50+ projects and 101 ideas, all fully illustrated with colorful photography. Step by step instructions and a few sidebars on saving money too on your next party!