Hollywood event planner April Luca knows how to host a party. With A-list soirees on both coasts under her belt, April has put her stylish taste and knack for creating the perfect mix – of guests, of playlists, of cocktails – to good use and most of Hollywood has enjoyed a party thrown by her team at DNA Events from one time or another. April also knows that big parties can equate to big waste and not-so-eco practices. We asked April to share a few tips with us for planning this season’s parties and dinners without breaking with our green and sustainable values!

Skip the stems:

Use live flowering plants as decor – not cut flowers. Potted herbs or hot peppers also make beautiful centerpieces. Guests can take them home to replant and use!

Paperless posts:

Try using linen napkins and tablecloths – not only will they look great, but you’ll be saving so much waste.

Make It China:

Use real plates instead of disposables too: Mix your classic china with wares from vintage or second hand stores. The look can be chic and not so shabby. Feel free to mix patterns, just make sure the patterns look good together.

Plant A Seed:

Use plantable paper for invites! Adorable seed paper from Botanical Paper Works make even paper invitations eco-friendly and fun!

Planter Power:

Decorate with terrariums: You may already own drought-resistant succulents and they make great decorations that last beyond the evening.

A Jar:

Use glass canning jars full of treats as party gifts. Fill the jars with seasonal candy or dried, local fruit. Label the jars with event-specific messages like a great quote or the date of the event!

Log On:

Here is a gorgeous, all-natural centerpiece idea: use a hollowed out piece of found wood to contain several pepper plants – so wintery and festive!

Hunt and Gather:

Incorporating driftwood and beach rocks in your table display can be surprisingly warm and stylish. Recycled wine bottles can be used as glass candleholders.

Go herbal:

 Plant herbs. I love to use home-grown herbs. Plant herbs in containers your would otherwise throw away and use the herbs to prepare holidays foods.

Go Local:

Plan your menu and shop at your local farmer’s market. Take the time to speak to the growers on site about the seed and the species you buy. I personally love to cook with an heirloom type of carrot that are much closer to the original carrot and come in deep reds, purples, golds and have an amazing woody flavor when roasted!

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