The MS Chapter shares ideas for having a green party including decorations and gifts.
Having a party at a local state park or natural area offers a large area, beautiful scenery and loads of recreational opportunities for your party.
A discarded wheel rim from an 18-wheeler makes a great portable fire pit on cold winter days. Be sure to practice fire safety.
Natural materials like magnolia, cedar, pine, pine cones, holly, simple ornaments and a mason jar filled with gravel and a tea light make a beautiful centerpiece.
This place setting includes a reusable plate made from recycled materials and a simple ornament as a gift. How about adding a place card to the ornament?
A handmade, hand painted item makes an excellent gift that will have lasting meaning to the recipient like this pot made by Donna Davis-Speakes, MS's Director of Operations.
It's easy to make simple gifts from recycled materials. Restaurant coasters, magnets made from recycled paper and a stress ball with a slit cut into it so it doubles as a card holder made by MS's Fire Technician, Elizabeth Hanson.
Are you an artist? Give a piece of art made by you. It will be unique and meaningful, like this drawing by Brad Maurer, MS Chapter's Freshwater Hydrologist.
A potted plant could make a long-lasting gift. This poinsettia added beauty to the gift table and made a perfect Christmas gift.
Be creative with your wrapping and you'll find almost anything can be used to wrap a gift, even caution tape!
The comics from your newspaper combined with a bit of natural greenery makes attractive "green" wrapping.
Need a box to wrap your gift in? Check your recycle bin. A cereal box is great for a framed picture.
After an outdoor party, cleanup is essential. Be sure to cool off your portable fire pit with water and spread the coals out to make sure they are cooled off.
The Mississippi Chapter staff wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!