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Green Your Halloween Fête

Gift Bags given to the first 200 people who RSVP via facebook!


Image by TwistEd Design

Please join Greennii, livegreene and Green Halloween® for this inaugural Green Your Halloween Fête!

Event Details
When: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 5pm to 8pm
Where: livegreene, 158 University Avenue, Palo Alto

Green Tips on throwing a Big Kid’s party, alternatives to high-fructose corn syrup candy (organic! made with juice!) and non-disposable/upcycled decorations and costumes!

Eco Fashion Show by Empire Vintage. One of a kind costumes for everyone in the “Be Green – Wear Vintage” Fashion Show! Showings at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm!

Costume Exchange by Costume Bank. Bring gently used costumes, adult or child size. Exchange for one brought by another guest!

Raffle Prizes from Autopia Biofuels, Reclaim, Live Greene, Palo Alto Ace Hardware and EO Products.

Complimentary Organic Wine provided by Vino Locale
Non-alcoholic beverages by The Willows Market.

Gift bag for first 200 guests full of fun coupons and kid-friendly Halloween goodies provided by EO Products, Glee Gum, Luna Organics, Mama K’s, O’Bon, Recycled Products Glob and Surf Sweets.

Larabar and Cascadian Farm products available for sampling at the event or taking home to put in lunches.

Adults and children of all ages welcome! Remember to bring your gently used costume to participate in the costume exchange!

Event Sponsors
We thank all of our sponsors and partners for their participation, for without their support this event would not be possible!

Green Halloween, Empire Vintage, Vino Locale, Reclaim, EO Products, Palo Alto Ace Hardware, Autopia Biofuels, The Willows Market, Luna Organics, O’Bon, Glee Gum, Surf Sweets, Plum Organics, Larabar, Mama K’s, Kiwi, HGTV, Cascadian Farm, Recycled Products, EcoMom, Glob, Local-Foodworks, Dr. Bronner’s, Costume Bank and Revolution Foods

In anticipation of our event, we’re posting tips, recipes and fun ideas for a greener Halloween:

10 EEK_O_Friendly Tips
5WaysToGreenYourBigKidsHalloween-1-1
5WaysToGreenYourKidsHalloween
FacePaint_Recipe
IsophenesShortPieCrust
PumpkinCupcakes
PumpkinPieRecipe
RoastedPumpkinSeeds

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Ahhh, The Family Reunion

Who doesn’t love to hate them? Thirty or forty of your most favorite, or unfavorite, people all gathered in one place so they can argue with the aid of too much sunshine, too many mosquitos, too much beer and not enough places for you to run and hide.

1982 Family Reunion

As you might have guessed, a family reunion lurks in my future. Thankfully, I actually like all of these people (well, most all of them anyway) and foresee having a truly enjoyable day hanging out on the back 40, playing horseshoes, talking with family-who-are-also-friends whom I haven’t seen since we moved back from Costa Rica. All of these things are making me look forward to this upcoming sunny Saturday afternoon, but one thing in particular piqued my interest and made me both encouraged and discouraged about the general tone of the event.

In a mass-email-to-the-whole-family-format, I offered to bring Eco-friendly, compostable or non-disposable plates, cups, utensils, napkins and whatnot for eating and cleaning up. I got a couple of, “Oh, someone is already buying all those supplies at Costco.” responses. I also got a couple of, “That’s great! I vote for the reusable or compostable options.” responses. But then, I actually got ridiculed, lambasted and derided in an unnervingly angry response by one particular family member for deigning to make the offer, and for believing that one little nod towards sustainability would make a difference in the first place.

I say that I was both encouraged and discouraged, which is a bit of an understatement, as I was actually quite angry for most of the day yesterday, but after a lot of thought and consideration, I came around to being almost entirely encouraged by the whole exchange. Encouraged, because I did get some support in the first place, but also encouraged, to my surprise, by the angry email. For to incur such wrath by merely offering to bring compostable products to a summer barbeque means that the Green movement is making some waves and making some folks uncomfortable with the status quo, and when people are uncomfortable and upset about something, it generally means change is on the way. And that, folks, is very encouraging news indeed.

So, for good times and little ridicule, here are some tips on how to be a little more green at your next family event:

1. Encourage folks to carpool to the event location, and choose somewhere that is close to several of the invitees, if at all possible.
2. Encourage everyone to bring their own reusable products: water bottles, utensils, cloth napkins, reusable picnic plates. Or, not quite as good, but better than plastic – supply folks with compostable products including plates, cups, utensils, napkins. And don’t forget the compostable garbage bags to clean up all the trash.
3. Get a consensus (this is the hard part!) about what folks want to drink that isn’t beer or wine or other alcohol and mix up some large batches in those “Gatorade” coolers that have the nifty poor spout and keep drinks cold all day. This will save on individual cans and plastic bottles of juice and soda.
4. Buy your meat from a store or farm that offers ranch grown meat and raises their livestock humanely and without hormones. And while you’re at it, opt for organic veggies and non-processed deserts.
5. There are several organic breweries and wineries out there. Try them! They’re actually not even “not bad for organic”, but taste good and aren’t particularly more expensive.

-Jocelyn Broyles

Sunset Celebration Weekend

Greennii is participating in Sunset Magazine’s 13th annual Celebration Weekend, this coming Saturday and Sunday, June 5th and 6th from 10am to 5pm. Come enjoy celebrity chefs, a tasting kitchen, wine tasting, kid’s events and stop by the Greennii booth to enter our raffle for a free Green-your-home consultation – a $250 value!

The Sunset Celebration Weekend is located at Sunset Headquarters, 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

See you there!