Green Oscar Party Planning Tips

bl_organic_winesIf you're throwing an Oscar-viewing party, make it green one. We had our annual Pre-Oscar Party this week and made it eco-friendly with food, drinks, decor, and more. Here are a few things you can do to green your own party. Pop it right. You don't need to buy those microwave popcorn laced with chemicals that are not good for you or the environment. Pop your own microwave popcorn with this Alton Brown recipe or use a good old-fashioned air popper.

Prepare film-inspired food: We have foodie friends who serve bites or full-on meals inspired by the nominated films. You could make Southern food for "The Help" with Food & Wine recipes inspired by the film; organic hot dogs for the baseball flick "Moneyball" (in California, we're lucky to have delicious Let's Be Frank dogs); or French bistro food (hard to go wrong with Julia Child) for "Midnight in Paris" -- you get the idea. Adapt any favorite recipe by using organic and locally sourced ingredients.

Toast without toxins: Choose beverages made with organic ingredients and without artificial colors, flavors and other bad-for-you-and-the-planet fillers. (Hint: look at the label and see if you recognize what's listed.) Pictured, organic and biodynamic wines we served at the Global Green Pre-Oscar Party this week. We also prepared a specialty cocktail at our Pre-Oscar Party using organic vodka (recipe here).

Make it a party for a cause: Our friends at Inlu have an electronic invitation tool and created a special invite for us that lets you ask invited guests to make a contribution to Global Green to help fund our projects.