What Better Holiday to Go Green than Christmas? Libby Langdon Shares her Green Holiday Tips!
This year, why not save the planet as well as save some money with your holiday décor? The name of the game here is using items you already have (everything from Christmas ornaments to your good china) and natural materials readily available in your backyard, local park or farmer’s market. Forget the paper and plastic and create elegant, innovative décor that will look beautiful, be eco-friendly and will inspire guests to re-purpose, re-use and re-cycle.
Libby Langdon, an interior designer and expert commentator on HGTV’s hit show Small Space, Big Style, has come up with some inexpensive and earth-friendly design ideas that will help you bring the spirit of the holidays inside while insuring we are taking care of the planet outside! It’s a stylish, planet conscious and cost-effective alternative to the usual spend-fest that happens every December.
ECO-ENLIGHTENED TABLE SETTING IDEAS
Just because some of the materials used in these table settings sound rustic it doesn’t mean not to use your good china and glassware with them, use the good stuff and it will look beautiful! These days it’s all about combining elements; what’s more beautiful than fresh evergreens, a burlap tablecloth and fine crystal? Mix your own design elements together to create your signature look!
Holly sprigs, twigs, or berry clusters can be tied around votives, jars, or candles with jute or twine. Place candles in the middle of the votives for a great ambience.
A Berry, Merry Moss Centerpiece
Create an arrangement down the center of your table composed of green moss, river stones, red pomegranates, or red berry clusters and votive candles (thrift store finds or fun glasses can be used as votives and reused later). Mix in some silver or red Christmas ornament balls to reflect the votive candlelight. Use bamboo or naturally woven placemats under the moss to incorporate another texture to the display.
For an elegant hurricane place a pillar candle in the center of a pitcher, glass cylinder, or vase and arrange a layer of moss on the bottom and then in between the glass and the candle add red cranberries; you can also use holly or berry clusters in place of the cranberries. Use beeswax or soy candles- they last longer than regular candles and are a greener choice than a standard burning candle.
STYLISH SERVING IDEAS
Think outside of the box when choosing items to serve food on or in, look at items you already have or you might throw away and see if you can re-think their original use and put them to work in a new way! They are not only much more stylish than a big plastic throw-away platter, but you’ve probably got a lot of these items in a cupboard somewhere so why not bring them out?
Bring out the Good Stuff
Use your good china, glassware and porcelain to serve your guests instead of paper plates and plastic cups. Don’t wait for a special occasion, it will make your guests feel special, and think of all that garbage you won’t be creating!
Wine Crate Cheese Platter
Use an old wooden wine crate as a cheese platter and wine holder. Angle the top of the crate over the crate box, so there’s about a 7” space open down to the bottom of the box. Lay down some kale leaves on the top of the box and place the cheese on top of the leaves. In the open area inside the box below place an open bottle of wine so guests can refill their glasses as they enjoy the cheese! Garnish the cheese with holly sprigs.
Raise Your Glass
Use champagne, martini, or other fun glasses to serve crudités and dip or olives and nuts.
Use baskets from around the house and garden to serve dry food like crackers, chips and bread slices instead of plastic bowls, they add texture and elegance.
Place you cut raw veggies like celery and carrots standing up in old jam jars, place the jars in a tin flower pot filled with ice and put some dip in a jar to go in the ice as well, it’s a festive way to arrange your appetizers.