FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA – (November 16, 2009) – As people become increasingly aware of the environment and how the choices they make impact it, there is also a trend toward becoming more “green” or environmentally friendly. This is especially true when holding an event or party, because there are usually so many people involved, and if not done in a green way, an event has the potential to produce a large amount of trash and to use up a lot of resources. Yet one of the challenges that people planning events often face is how to hold a green party that is also creative and cost effective.
“While many people want to have a green event, there is also concern about the cost,” says Alice Conway, director of event management at Stratford University. “People do not want to have to put out more money simply to improve an event’s impact on the environment. Luckily, there are ways to keep it green, creative and cost-effective, all at the same time.”
Rather than having to choose between throwing a green party or a cost-effective one, people can make it their goal to have both. With the right efforts in the planning stages, their event can be a hit with the crowd, rather than the pocketbook. Keep these tips in mind when planning your next event:
Keeping it Green. To have a green event, you don’t have to shell out more money. Always comparison shop and do not be afraid to negotiate if you have vendors involved. Things to consider in order to keep things more environmentally friendly include having eco-friendly utensils, and setting up recycling bins on site. Avoid having any bottled water, opting for filtered tap water where available. Also, consider what type of food you will be serving. Choosing more local and vegetarian options will help keep your menu more Earth-friendly.
Getting Creative. When it comes to creativity for a green event, you are only limited by your imagination. Why not have invitations that also double as a seeds that the people can plant? Another option may be to forego expensive entertainment and turn the event into a talent show, giving attendees a chance to show the crowd their skills. When being creative, don’t be afraid to mix and match your event décor, as well.
Keeping it Cost Effective. Once you have established a realistic budget, you then need to work at staying within in it. Consider the many different ways to save money on your event, such as purchasing décor and serving items from thrift stores, keeping it casual, trading services, and choosing a location that does not break the bank. To keep things affordable, you may need to be creative, but it can still be done.
“Take on the challenge of having a green, creative and cost-effective event, the next time you plan one,” adds Conway. “With a little pre-planning and thinking outside the box, it is possible. Plus, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.”
Stratford University offers a certificate program in Event Management which provides the basic body of knowledge leading to professional certification. The program consists of seven classes, along with a required extensive practicum experience, that can increase knowledge of special events, meetings, entertainment, protocol, decor, and catering management. Courses focus on administration, design, planning, coordination and evaluation of events.
About Stratford University
Stratford University operates campuses in Tysons Corner and Woodbridge. It offers 28 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the areas of Culinary Arts and Hospitality, Health Sciences, Business Administration, and Information Technology. The degree programs are offered both on campus, as well as online. For more information on Stratford University, please visit www.stratford.edu.