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    2017 US Pastry Championships- Winners

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    2017 US Pastry Championships- Winning Chocolate Sculpture

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    2017 US Pastry Championships- Judges Meeting

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    2017 US Pastry Championships- Winning Mini Pastry Display

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    2017 US Pastry Championships- Finalists at Medal Ceremony

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    2017 US Pastry Championships- Mini Pastry Display

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    2017 US Pastry Championships- Judges with Winning Entry

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    2017 US Pastry Championships- Mini Pasteries

Green-Themed Cocktail Party Menu

More demands are made daily for party planners to create green events and using disposable dinnerware is an easy decision to make when considering green event items for your next event.  Also, what many party planners are beginning to realize is how easy it is to incorporate the green movement within their corporate parties, weddings and private events.  In my book, Budget Bash - Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget, I discuss how easy it is when producing events to reduce, recycle and reuse various components of an event.  Dust off those candles that you used for a previous engagement.  People forget that many party items have lots of life for more than just one event.   You can use a colored linen overlay over the same table linen you used at your previous event.  Many times you can use a basic colored linen of black, silver or gold and then change the look and tone of the event with a new table runner or contrasting colored overlay linen on top of it.

Caterers are also leaning more towards green events when working with party planners on their corporate parties, weddings and other affairs.  More and more caterers now look to local suppliers and farmers to provide the produce and equipment for their event that in turn helps cut down on the event's carbon footprint.  Selecting food that is seasonal is another means caterers are using to help promote green events and looking to alternate methods of hors d'oeuvres without the use of paper napkins is also becoming more popular.

It's not hard to produce green parties, it just takes a bit of thought, product exploration and flexibility.  In fact, here is a fun green-themed cocktail party menu to consider for your next green party.

Green-Themed Cocktail Party Menu
Green Peppers, Broccoli and Asparagus Spears with Spinach Dip
Artichoke Soufflé served with Sourdough Toasts, Vegetable and Whole Wheat Pita Chips
Chipotle Chili Cheese Poppers
Stuffed Grape Leaves Drizzled with Olive Oil
Spinach and Mushroom Quiche
Green Goddess Chicken Salad served in Lettuce Cups

Fresh Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Yellow Raisins & Berries served in a Watermelon Bowl
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Green Apple Bites Covered with Caramel

Mint Iced Tea and Green Tea

Many of these menu items can be bought already prepared at your local market or deli.  The recipe for the artichoke soufflé along with other menus, recipes, party planning ideas and advice can be found in Budget Bash - Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget.

So next time you think about green events, consider various aspects of the party - including menu, disposable dinnerware and theme to name a few.

Andrea Wyn is a special event planner with over 15 years of industry experience. She has been the Awards Event Supervisor for the Screen Actors Guild Awards(R) since 2000. Her book, Budget Bash-Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget, is available at http://www.budgetbashbook.com . She has an MBA from the University of Chicago & a BA from UCLA. To learn more about Budget Bash & events go to http://www.awynningevent.com