Fiesta Friday - Earth Day 2011

Tonight, the boys and I can't wait to check out DisneyNature's African Cats, opening today, as have the DisneyNature films of the past.  And FYI, during the film's opening week (today through Thursday), a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Africa Wildlife Foundation to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks that is frequently used by lions, elephants, and a host of other animals in the African savanna.

In keeping with today's theme (and all year round), feel free to peruse my Green Ideas, lots of tips and ideas on reusing and recycling projects. And in this spirit, today's post is from last year; these parties are so inspiring with their sustainable and reusable ideas.  I love revisiting them, as I'm sure you will too.
Utterly Engaged weddingFirst stop, Bash Events. Owner Paige Appel specializes in modern sensibility and sustainable practices for events and weddings. Check her wedding out in her Utterly Engaged spread; eco-fab details include renting her wedding gown, having an at-home wedding, organic food and natural decor. Her husband even painted the Love Is Sweet theme on their garage door.
Loving this eco-friendly artist party from One Charming Party. Details include invitations made from 100% tree free paper and junk mail, favors are recycled crayons and upcycled notebooks, aprons made from mens’ dress shirts and fabric banners made from stained clothing and old pillowcases.
Giggleberry Creations' book-inspired party includes cupcake toppers and wrappers made from old book pages and a handmade backdrop.
Emerson tablescapeCheck out this eco-chic tablescape from Emerson Made at Ruffled; a kraft paper runner and stunning, reusable handmade fabric flowers are clean and practical. Plus, check out the Emerson Made site, not only will you find lots of fabric flowers but other green goodies.
cactus inspired weddingI heart this cactus-themed wedding board from Fine Stationery; succulents are more affordable than flowers, and of course last longer. Check out the tiny potted plants that work as favors and place cards and the wreaths made from cactus and succulent plants in a variety of colors and sizes.
This summer fiesta at Design*Sponge also utilizes succulents and lots of tissue-paper projects, both affordable and recyclable.
Newspaper wrapped giftThe fabulous Katherine Marie Photography used newspaper-wrapped gifts and mason jar treats for a birthday celebration. I bet she had ribbon lying around, it's a perfect use of leftover ribbon.
Lolliblog eco party ideasThe ladies at Alchemy Events know how to stretch a dollar! Check out their favorite party details from vintage tea cups from a local thrift store, apron chair covers, yarn balls, to mini chalk boards for reusable name tags.
Danny Seo eco party collageIn the Gospel According To Simply Green: Parties Danny Seo, the celebrity eco-stylist often called the "Green Martha Stewart" shares a plethora of eco-chic ideas; a few gems include making invites from recycled makeup compacts, salad-bar radish roses, baby-clothes shower invitations and tea lights from oyster shells.
Pottery Barn farmhouse brunchCheck out this farmhouse brunch from Pottery Barn, so many great elements you can duplicate! A casual tablecloth is layers of brown butcher paper with pencil outlines of place settings, flowers, even personalized messages. The fun place tags at each seat are torn squares fastened to the glasses with rubber bands. They even fashioned an edible napkin holder out of the large outer leaf of a cabbage. Overhead, hang multiples of our mason jar candleholders, with herbs and single flowers tucked into the rim with rubber bands.

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