Community-made sustainable event décor

Working with a local community art group, we couldn’t believe what they made us…

When you have a lack lustre outside area to dress, there’s a big temptation to go click happy on the internet rather than consider more sustainable event décor. I’ve been guilty of it in the past.

But where do those internet ‘bargains’ come from? What they’re made of? Who made them? And what are their working conditions? And that’s not even thinking about where they’ll go at the end of the event…

The great news there are lots of ways to be more sustainable with event decor. Working with a local art charity is a great place to start. We worked with Escape Arts on this event; their community projects all help with health and wellbeing. And it’s not just about paying for the raw materials for the art groups: it’s giving the makers a purpose. It is uniting a group as they work towards a shared ‘real’ objective.

It’s a complete win. The charity doesn’t pay for materials. The volunteers get a defined project to set their group. The makers benefit from art therapy AND get to see their art ‘at work’. We get handmade decor which oozes personality and our client has a fully themed party! Can you believe how amazing the lion is? Or the totem faces? You’ll not find those on Amazon!

More top tips for sustainable event decor?

Here’s our top five sustainable event decor tips for a party:

  1. Partner with a local community group, school or charity.
  2. Encourage guests to wear the ‘decor’, we encouraged bright colours and tropical prints for this one – including the waiting staff.
  3. Collect as much as you can at the end of the event to re-use or re-purpose. All the flower garlands at this event were from a previous event and are now in storage. The bar was built out of pallets and coffee sacks and was donated to one of the employees. The chalboards are re-painted and used time and time again. And if you can’t store it, pass it on to someone else who can use it by listing it locally on like Freecycle.
  4. Have a detailed waste plan; before you purchase anything make sure that if it can’t be reused or repurposed, it can be recycled.
  5. Use real glasses, not plastic, and create colourful drinks with fruit or herb garnishes and striped paper straws.

Do you have any other sustainable event décor tips to share? Let us know in the comments below. Or get in touch if you’d like help with your next sustainable event.