Five Star Holiday Decor Blog

Outdoor Christmas decorations fascinated me as a child, I thought they were so beautiful. I grew up in a rural area where the nearest neighbor was a ways down the road. When it got dark after Thanksgiving dinner, I would look out the window to see if I could spot any homes in the distance that had turned on their Christmas lights yet, just to make sure the rest of the world was in agreement that it was in fact Christmas time and I could effectively reason with my parents that it was time to put up the tree.

Architecture

When deciding how to decorate the exterior of your home with Christmas lights consider the design and architecture of your home. If you have a Victorian-style house with eves and gables then using lots of lights to emphasize those features will look great. If you have a home with a less detailed design, like a ranch-style house, then a more modest outdoor lighting display that draws attention the to the strong lines of the roof and porch will look fantastic on your home. You can really add emphasis to those strong lines with very uniform lights in a straight row along the roof line. Or maybe you prefer icicle lights for a less formal, more whimsical look.

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Well placed lights on a roof emphasize strong lines and looks sharp.

Sidewalks

Another idea to consider is whether or not you are going to line the sidewalks with lights. Lining the sidewalks creates a very classy look. Even under the snow. Walking up a lit path feels like a special occasion and what better occasion than Christmas time?

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Lining the sidewalk with lights is a great way to keep the house from looking like it’s floating.

 

Trees

If you have trees in your yard, do you want to put lights in them? How do you want them to look? Do you want them to have lights all up the trunk of the tree or do you want those lights to extend to the branches? Maybe you would rather have only the top area of a tree light up. There are a few different options just for trees alone.

Shrubs

If you have any shrubs determine if you are going to put net lights over them or would you rather have a canopy wrap done on your shrubs with mini lights which will create a less dense lighting look and has a less uniform appearance in the light distribution. Personally I love the look of a canopy wrap in shrubs and bushes.

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This is an example of net lights over shrubbery rather than a canopy wrap with mini lights.

Lawn Ornaments

There is a wide array of lawn ornament options to accent your outdoor Christmas decorations. Inflatable characters, lit wire sculptures, nativity scenes, large plastic candy canes, and lit cone shaped Christmas trees. My advice on lawn ornaments is, less is more, but that depends on the look you are going for. If you want a classy look for your exterior Christmas decorations, then a couple lit wire frame reindeer figurines will look wonderful with your beautifully lit home.

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Lit reindeer sculptures are a fun detail to add to an outdoor Christmas lights display.

Wreaths

A wreath is a basic of Christmas décor, if you do nothing else to decorate your home at lease get a wreath to put on the door. Wreaths are beautiful and easy to put up on your own and make your guests feel welcome. You can order live wreaths from this website and they will deliver them right to your door. You can then add personal touches like mini lights and a bow or bells if that pleases you.

Garland

Garland is a very classic daytime decoration and if you have mini lights wrapped in it then the decoration can be seen and appreciated at night too. Add some big red bows for color and hang them around your door and porch to make your home look even more festive. Hang them in scallops around the porch railing and banister using zip ties and place the bows over points where the garland peaks in the railing. Another option is to wrap the garland around the banister. Better Homes and Gardens has a great tutorial on how to hang garland, take a look and be inspired.

Less is More

Outdoor Christmas decoration designs take some thought, time and effort. Take a look at your home ahead of time and decide what look you want for you house this year. Remember, less is more. I you happen to have a lot of decorations that doesn’t mean you have to put all of them up this year. It’s ok to rotate Christmas decorations. Keep your neighbors guessing by making your home look sleek and classy one year and more like a ginger bread house the next.

By adding outdoor Christmas lights to the roof and lining sidewalks, decorating your vegetation and adding wreaths and garland, your home will look great this holiday season. For more ideas and tips on outdoor Christmas decorations Follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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Five Star Holiday Décor is a full service company of holiday lighting specialists. Their expertise will have your home lit up and fabulous for the holiday season giving your home holiday style without the hassle. Click here for a free estimate.

A Guide to Christmas Light Services and Installation 

Are you the kind of person who plans to do your own Christmas lights installation on the house and then fails to do so, either because you waited too long and the snow and cold weather are too much or because you get on the ladder and suddenly remember how much you hate heights? Or do you put them up and then turn them on only to discover that the lights are sagging on one end or an entire section of lights has gone out despite your best efforts?

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Let’s face it, installing lights on your house is not a fun job. It’s tedious, time consuming and scary. Why not just have a holiday lighting specialist do it for you? They have all the equipment and skills to get the job done quickly and right. If you have never had a professional lighting specialist install Christmas lights for you, let me walk you through the process so you know what to expect.

Choose a Holiday Lighting Specialist

The first step is to determine which Christmas light specialists you are going with. At Five Star Holiday Decor the pricing includes installation, take down and storage of your lights until the Christmas season rolls around again.

Remember you can always call for a free estimate, It’s just an estimate and you are in no way obligated to go with the first estimate you are offered.

If you choose to go with Five Star Holiday Decor, our estimator will come to your home, listen to your ideas and make some recommendations. Next, the estimator will use a specially designed bid program that will tell him how many lights your exterior Christmas decorating project will require and give you an accurate quote for the job.

If the initial quote is too high for your budget, our estimator will work with you to find alternative solutions to bring the price down. The estimator may do this by either cutting back on the amount of lights that will be displayed, or by changing the kind of lights they plan to install for a less expensive option.

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These guys do the scary stuff, like climbing the ladder, so you don’t have to.

How Early Should you Schedule an Estimator?

Generally you can call to schedule your Christmas light installation jobs anywhere between August and December. If you wait ‘til November however, you are pushing your luck as they may already be completely booked for the season. Essentially, the sooner you call them better. If it is later in the season, don’t delay, give them a call anyway.

When Do They Begin Hanging Lights?

Our lighting specialists can begin hanging lights as early as October. In some cases these October lighting jobs are specifically for Halloween – yes, we have Halloween lights too – but they also begin hanging lights for the Christmas season. If you schedule your Christmas lighting job that early, try to resist the urge to jump the gun and turn those babies on too early. Your neighbor, Mr. Scrooge might get annoyed.

We’ll Bring the Lights

As part of the installation fee we provide the Christmas lights for the installation job. We order our lights from a trusted source that we know are safe and durable. They can also provide garland and wreaths for your building’s exterior if that strikes your fancy.

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Five Star Holiday Decor can also install wreaths and garland.

Can You Use Your Own lights?

Nope, sorry! We want to know we can stand behind every light we hang. We have a trusted source for Christmas lights and we know they won’t let you down. They are high quality and safe. We have a ton of options to choose from, including both incandescent and LED lights in all sizes, varieties and colors. From LED Mini’s to C9 incandescent transparent or opaque lights, there are many options to choose from, but I’ll let the Christmas light specialist show you all that fun stuff.

What Happens After Christmas?

After the holiday festivities are through and you have had your fun with your fantastic Christmas light display blowing all you neighbors pettily light displays out of the snow, our Christmas lighting specialist will come out and remove the lights from your home and yard for you so you don’t have to. We carefully wrap, package and mark your lights and then store them at our facility, so you can use the lights again next year. If you think about how much space all those lights would take up in your garage, this is a great offer. Did I mention that removal and storage is included as part of the installation package? Cool right? Come August, give Five Star Holiday Decor a call to schedule your Christmas lighting specialist for the upcoming holiday season.

What Else do these Five Star Holiday Decor Specialists Do?

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Yes, they even put lights on commercial and public locations as well.

Let it be known that Five Star Holiday Decor doesn’t just do Christmas light installs, they also put up lights for Halloween and special events like weddings and any other event that might require a few beautiful strands of lights to make the venue glow and the event even more special. They can also take on larger commercial lighting jobs like installing lights on Main Street downtown.

There you have it, our lighting specialists are skilled and can bring Christmas Cheer or Halloween spooks to any residential or commercial location, and mood lighting and ambiance to any special events you need lit.

We have all kinds decorating ideas for you. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more decorating ideas to brighten your home and neighborhood.

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In lieu of our typical weekly post with grand ideas and beautiful pictures, we’ve decided to share something even more beautiful, dare I say “grander” than all! With Christmas just around the corner, we present to you our top three favorite Christmas light shows!

“A Christmas Rock Medley”

“Wizards in Winter”

Last, but not least, “Christmas Gangnam Style”

Tired of hanging up the same old Christmas decorations year after year? This holiday season, spice up those boring strands into one of these unusual deLIGHTS!

Bare bulbs are so last Christmas. Dress them up with Dixie Cups…

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Or tulle…

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Or throw on some of these plastic bows that you likely own in surplus…

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Or paper cupcake casings!

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If you’re fancy, consider springing for the tin casings and matching cookie cutters.

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You could always go outside and grab a few twigs…

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Or take a day off work to build this elaborate lighted twig chandelier.

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Did you ball up your twigs in frustration? Not to worry! Throw some lights on your twig spheres, and toss them in an outdoor birdbath!

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You can stuff Christmas lights into almost anything. Like Mason Jars…

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Wine bottles…

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Basically any odd-shaped glass container.

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Have an extra white canvas? Poke some lights through it, and VOILA – Christmas art!

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You can even craft a decorative curtain for your bed…

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Or your door!

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What about this fun zig-zaggedy Christmas tree for your wall?

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“Burned out” on these ideas? Make cute bows for your Christmas presents…

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Or fuller bows for home decor!

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Don’t overcomplicate things. At the very least, you can manage to twirl a few lights around your dog for a fun photo op (or comic relief).

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Enjoy your newly upcycled Christmas decor!


 

Frosty ice now covers the tips of once-green grass. Artificially crafted scents of pine needles and gingerbread fill the halls of indoor shopping centers. Fires have been ignited, mugs of hot cocoa made. Boots, ear muffs, chattering teeth and foggy breath: all heralding the arrival of our favorite season of all – winter!

Did the holidays sneak up on you again this year? Don’t you worry. Five Star Holiday Decor is just one phone call and a couple strings of lights away! We’ve been researching some of the best holiday lighting ideas around. Check out our favorite outdoor tree light displays.

1) Tried and True. For those of us who live in the more non-leafy parts of the country, covering trees from roots to tips is a common Christmas lighting technique.

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2) Leaf grief. Live in a more tropical climate? Don’t bother covering those leafy limbs in lights. How beautiful are these trees with their trunks wound in twinkling strands?

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3) We read palms. We’ve got you covered on the West Coast, too. Is there a tree more gorgeous than an illuminated palm?

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4) Christmas drippings. Here’s another method of covering your outdoor trees in lights. This technique uses strands of lights to create a glowing drapery effect.

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5) Patchwork. If you’re fortunate enough to have a natural fir growing in your yard, sporadic patches of web lighting are a random, yet modern way to give your lawn character.

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6) Pick up sticks. Don’t have trees growing in your yard? That’s okay! Make believe with a few twigs and strands of lights on your doorstep!

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7) Let it snow. A fun alternative to the traditional Christmas lighting, lights shaped like snowflakes, stars, etc. are a great way to add a little flare to your tree this season.

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8) Going in circles. Not satisfied with placing a few bundles of twigs by your door? Build your own tree with these whimsical circle lights!

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9) Having a ball. Keeping with the circular theme, these fun holiday colored lights are the perfect addition to your outdoor lighting project.

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10) By candlelight. Done with Christmas lights all together? Here’s an innovative way to light up your lawn, but be careful not to set your yard ablaze. Maybe you should try out artificial candles just to be safe.

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11) Ornamental. Is your outdoor tree left wanting a little more after you’ve wrapped it in a dozen strands? Give it a few large lit ornaments to give it that extra touch you’ve been looking for.

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12) Oh, Christmas Tree. If you’ve got the tree (and the spirit) to go all out, why not create a larger-than-life Christmas tree in your front yard? Your’e sure to be a hit around the neighborhood after this one!

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How can we help you light up your Christmas this year?

Here at Five Star Holiday Decor, we know what light can do to set the mood and tone for your space. We especially encourage the use of lighting for your holiday displays. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we thought we’d share a few ideas we found that are sure to brighten up your dinner table this year:

1) Candles and Greenery: This display of white candles garnished with natural elements (pine branches, Oranges and pinecones) creates a simple table setting with an element of delicate contrast.

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2) Tree Lanterns: If you live in an area where it’s warm enough to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner outside, these lanterns interspersed in the limbs of a sprawling tree create a fun, yet beautiful environment for your family feast.

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3) Votives in a Mason Jar: Votive candles placed in Mason Jars are a popular way to create a beautiful runner of elegant lighting for your Thanksgiving table this year.

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4) Message in a Bottle: If you want to enhance the Mason Jar idea and get even more creative, table candles in long-neck bottles are a unique variation of the illuminated jar concept.

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5) Under Glow: Running low on table surface area? You can still bring illuminate your table by simply running Christmas lights underneath the table cloth and placing small candles between each place setting.

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6) Halloween Leftovers: Unsure how to use those small pumpkins leftover from your Halloween decorations? Use them along with other fall decor (leaves, berries, twigs, etc.) and add candles to create a lovely light display for the center of your table.

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7) Frosted Pumpkins: If the above suggestion proved just too simple, feel free to frost the small pumpkins with glitter, empty out their insides and add a candle to the centers for a more complicated, yet equally as beautiful centerpiece.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Five Star Holiday Decor!

14 Fun Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Now that Halloween has come and gone, we focus our attention on the next holiday ahead – Thanksgiving. Just as no Thanksgiving feast is complete without a turkey, no Thanksgiving table is complete without a centerpiece. As you start to prepare for our next fall holiday, check out these elegant Thanksgiving centerpieces that’ll bring even more flavor to your table this November:

1) Wheat by the Bundles

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2) Illuminated Thanks

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3) Orange you glad it’s November?

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4) Pretty in White

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5) Tiers of Joy

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6) Wheat Wisps

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7) A Scoop of Thanks

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8) Pumpkins and Blooms

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9) Thanksgiving Turkey

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10) Horn of Plenty

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11) Knots on a Log

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12) Fall Foilage

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13) Stuffed Pumpkin

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14) Head of the Table

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Perhaps nothing says “Halloween” better than the season’s iconic pumpkin. Jack-o-lantern carvings have long adorned the front porches of neighborhood homes across the country, but the traditional crescent smiles and triangle eyes of years gone by are now being upgraded for more festive displays.

Spice up your Halloween with some of this season’s most creative pumpkin ideas!

1) Painted Pumpkin

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2) Monogrammed Pumpkin

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3) Mummy-o-lantern

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4) Sour Pumpkin

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5) Pumpkin in Fishnets

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6) It-grew-legs! Pumpkin

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7) Twirly-eyed Pumpkin

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8) Leg-o-lanterns

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9) Grandmama’kin

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9) Topiary House Number Pumpkins

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10) Bedazzled Pumpkins

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11) Duct-tape-o-lantern

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12) Shake-the-glitter Pumpkins

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From ghouls and goblins to princesses and fairies, Halloween is an enchanted time of year that attracts holidayers of all sorts. This spooky night is no judge of celebrators, calling all creatures to join in its festivities, no matter how different…or unusual they appear.

Here are seven unusual Halloween displays we found that utilized frightening lighting to show their spooky holiday spirit.

A GREEN HALLOWEEN

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Green-tinted flood lights give this ghostly home an eerie glow.

FRANKENPUMPKIN!

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This creative display uses lights and pumpkins to create a festive rendition of Frankenstein. It’s alive!

PEEPING TOMS

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This fun window scene, created using recycled cardboard boxes turned monstrous silhouettes, is sure to attract all sorts of creatures to this home on Halloween night.

FIRED UP

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You may want to warn the fire station before igniting a holiday display like this one.

SCARECROW-LANTERN

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Don’t really care for Halloween? Try scaring away guests with this frightening face.

GHOSTLY PROJECTIONS

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A projector is used to populate this front lawn with spooky little guests.

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Just in case you were left unimpressed by our previous Halloween light displays, we thought we’d include this over-the-top production for those who like to celebrate more extravagantly.

 

Do you have unique holiday light displays? Share them with us! We’d love to see how you celebrate this spooky holiday!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

You don’t have to be a hippie to love the planet or a politician to help save it. Everyone can contribute to reducing their harmful impact on the environment through simple choices. Although parties are fabulous ways to celebrate holidays, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and everything in between, the amount of garbage they generate can be disheartening. After all, what’s a party without the invitations, decorations, food and disposable dinnerware? Well, with a little ingenuity, you can eliminate the majority of that waste by throwing an eco-friendly event that would make even Mother Nature smile. Party your guilt-free heart out.

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1. For your centerpieces, buy potted plants and give them to guests as party favors. Instead of flowers, you could go with herbs, such as peppermint and oregano, or ivy. Living plants remove CO2 from the atmosphere, reducing greenhouse gases and improving air quality. Uniquely You recommends making an edible centerpiece that looks like a garden patch.

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2. Don’t use disposable dinnerware, napkins or tablecloths unless they are biodegradable. Yes, this might mean doing the dishes, but Styrofoam and plastic take at least 500 years to break down (as opposed to vegetables, which take between 5 days and a month to degrade). And, according to the Clean Air Council, Americans throw out enough plastic cups, forks and spoons in a year to circle the equator 300 times. There are biodegradable dinnerware options made from corn or bamboo. Or, you could go to a thrift store and find unique cups and plates that will give your party eclectic flair. Companies such as Preserve make reusable plastic ware from recycled materials. As for a table cloth, buy a sheet from a thrift store and decorate it with fabric paint. If your hosting a party with kids, set out some fabric markers and they can decorate the tablecloth for you.

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3. When buying food for the festivities, think local and organic. Locally grown food travels a shorter distance than imported food and therefore requires less fuel. If you’re not sure where to start, look to see if your community has a farmer’s market, fruit stands or a community co-op. Organic foods that have been approved by the U.S.D.A must meet certain standards, which, at minimum, means they’re free from synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Many companies, however, are committed to sustainable, ethical farming practices and, with a bit of research, you’ll be able to find which ones to support with your patronage. Epicurious.com has an advanced search that lets you find recipes specific to what produce is in season.

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4. If you’re hosting a birthday party (or any other party that people bring gifts to), you can choose a charity for the theme and ask guests to bring donations rather than gifts. For instance, if you have a child who loves dogs, have a dog themed party and ask guests to donate to the local animal shelter. Or if your sixteen-year-old is really interested in humanitarian aid, ask for contributions to buy a farm animal for an impoverished family. Doing this cuts back on the waste caused by gift wrap, packaging materials and over-consumption while contributing to a worth-while cause.

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5. Either send out electronic invitations, call your guests or mail invitations printed on post-consumer waste or tree-free paper. One option is to design a personalized flier on the computer and send it as an e-mail attachment. Sites such as evite also provide classy invitation templates for electronic communication. Sending e-mail invitations generates absolutely no paper waste, requires no trees and saves you from paying for postage. If you still want to send tangible invitations, do some research so you can find the most environmentally friendly options possible. Green Field Paper Company makes their products from recycled paper and cotton. Botanical Paperworks prints invitations on seed paper.

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6. Rather than decorate with balloons, which often aren’t biodegradable and generate a lot of waste, hang colorful paper lanterns and felt banners. Both lanterns and banners can be reused in parties to come. For a fun party activity, your guests can make their own felt banners to assist in the decorating and then take them home. Or, you could avoid decorations altogether by hosting the party in your backyard, at a park or some other location like a local farm.

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7. If lighting is an element of concern, you could light beeswax or soy based candles to create an intimate, flattering atmosphere. Uniquely You suggests burning candles in re-purposed mason jars (wrapping wire around the tops allow them to hang like lanterns). However, if that’s not an option, you could invest in some solar powered fairy lights. Of course, regular lighting does the trick just fine, especially if you switch out your light bulbs with environmentally savvy CFL bulbs.

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8. Help your guests figure out car pooling. Not only will this make it possible for everyone to find a parking spot, but it will also cut down on emissions and gas consumption.

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Next time you throw a party, commit to showing the planet a little TLC. Tell us about what you’ve done to make your party eco-friendly in the comment’s box below.