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Q. Do you have recommendations for hosting large gatherings in a sustainable way?
A. Dearest Lise,
I, too, love a good party. When my workload here in the stacks allows, I will occasionally indulge in an evening with friends, a good homebrew in hand and Engelbert Humperdinck on the hi-fi. And with the holidays swiftly approaching, I suspect we’re all in for some serious merriment. In fact, some of you may even be kicking off the season with a Halloween gathering this very weekend.
While dishware is a big part of any festal gathering -- whether reusable, compostable, or recyclable -- we dove into that discussion not long ago. So I'll focus this column on greening one’s gatherings beyond the forks and knives.
If your parties are anything like mine, you have several factors in play: invitations, festive décor, and what on earth you’re going to feed all these people. Let’s take each one in turn.