Baby Shower

Event Overview
Location (City/Venue)
Sioux City, Iowa
Number of Attendees
25
Date of Event
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Organization Hosting Event
Personal
Brief Background on Event
Host for a baby shower
Food
Food Practices
Provided information to vendors on using locally grown and/or organic food
Implemented a food waste recovery initiative (food to hogs, composting, etc.)
Fresh berries and flowers were purchased the morning of the event from a local farmer at the Farmers Market. Food waste was collected for back yard compost bin. Served fair trade, organic coffee, locally roasted.
Waste & Recycling
Waste Management Methods Used
Recycling
Organics Management (food/paper waste composting, food to hogs, food donation, etc.)
Additional Info
The event had very limited waste. Paper, cans and bottle waste was recycled. Food waste was collected for back yard compost bin.
Waste Reduction
Waste Reduction Methods Used
Use of reusable or recyclable decorations or signs
Other

The event did use mailed invitations but RSVPs were collected electronically or by phone.

The decorations purchased were baby toys or baby supplies such as: the center piece was a baby toy wearing really baby sunglasses and the napkins were bright colored wash clothes that were washed and given to the new mom.

The event used reusable china.

Resource and Energy Use
Energy Reduction Methods Used
Use of energy efficient lighting
Lowered thermostat at venue for event (if indoors)
Other
The event was held in a home. The home has converted all lighting to compact fluorescent. The temperature of the home was dropped prior to the event.
Results
What has been your biggest success in terms of green initiatives at your event?
The biggest success was in the use of decorations and centerpieces that could be used by the new mom and baby instead of one time use items. Waste reduction was achieved by using reusable dishes and linens. Food waste was collected for back yard compost bin. Local food and flowers were incorporated into the menu.
What has been your biggest challenge in terms of green initiatives at your event?
The biggest challenge was finding more local food in April as the selection was very limited.
How were the green initiatives received by event attendees and/or vendors?
Very well. Many thought the concepts were easy to adopt and clever.
Will you plan to implement green initiatives again?
Yes - very easy to implement these concepts in future showers and parties.