sons graduated on Sunday and boy did we have a humdinger (does anyone still use that word? And if not, they sure should, it's a good one-ha!) of a party!
We also had a baseball game yesterday that was a big deal as my daughter and the choir that she is in sang the National Anthem for the Colorado Rockies; and they showed the town how that song is sang! I was so very proud. The group of fourth and fifth graders walked onto the field with a march in their step, took their places in the choir and belted out our National tune like any professional group could do....even my Grads were impressed! And that my friends is pert near impossible to do these days, let me tell you.
But back to the party with no trash; really it can be done; with a bit of preparation (and a bit of yucky digging afterward, I must admit). Now, if you have been a reader of mine, on either of these blogs, you know that I am not at all familiar with paper products. I do not buy plastic bags or paper plates or even paper napkins; my one downfall is paper towels and I do buy those very infrequently in bulk. So the paper product aisle itself was a bit overwhelming to me.
So, I headed straight to the party stuff. I knew I didn't want any "crap". You know what I'm talking about the kind of forks that break when you first put them into a bite of potato salad? Or the plate that dumps everything on the unsuspecting kid? Yeah, I wasn't having any of that. Party stuff it was, and blue and black to match the boys' colors, easy enough. From there, it is simply a case of turning the products over and making sure they are recyclable, if not, put it back. There are plenty of choices out there people, we do not have to fill up our landfills.
Okay now we are at the party and of course we have not gotten the trash cans and the recycle cans marked like I wanted. Actually there was a huge misunderstanding and we thought the neighbor was bringing some last minute supplies (like the grill, trash cans and bags) so we didn't have them to mark....but anyway; my point is is that it doesn't even matter if it all gets mixed up. I was able to nonchalantly grab the plates out of the trash as I was going by and put them into a different bag.
This all may sound a bit yucky, but to me it was well worth it. I had purchased cans for the kids to drink; we had recyclable cups for the keg (I even grabbed out a lot of the food trash for the chickens-ha!).....So let's run down what all was in my trash can when this party for about 75 people was over. Bags for ice, bags for buns, plastic silverware (and damn did I try and find some that is recyclable, I will try harder next time!) and napkins; that is about it. That is one small bag of trash for a very LARGE party. Now, we have two HUGE bags of recyclabes, but that is okay.
We had a wonderful party to help send the boys off right; we won't be filling up the landfills and polluting my beloved Mother Earth in the process and I am done with my major commitments for the summer. Now it is time to get to work on those campgrounds....keep those campers from burning down our forests and enjoy the time with my children. Wow, I truly am a very blessed woman.