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Try these tips for having a less wasteful holiday party

If You Don’t Have Enough Dishes for Everyone Instead of the ordinary disposable dinnerware, try using plastic plates from Recycline, who makes them from old yogurt containers.  And to discourage guests from leaving glasses everywhere, give everyone a stylish drinking glass as a party favor. You leave it, you lose it.

If You Want a More Sustainable Alternative to Flowers Head to the farmers market to pick up gourds, squash, little apples and pears, whole nuts in their shells, and pomegranates. They look great on a table, and when the party is over, you can eat the centerpiece.

If You Prepare Too Much Food Cook with smaller portions in mind. Instead of 6 ounces of protein per person, prepare 3 to 4. For dessert, a pie that would normally feed 8 will serve 16. If you still have leftovers, host a leftover party for friends, where everyone brings the remnants of their respective feasts. Then you can vote on whose leftover was the best.

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