not just for tea…
the many uses of tea towels

Forever Dot_3Tea towels. The very name conjures up images of Victorian drawing rooms and ladies sipping tea from dainty cups. Well ditch that dated image! Tea towels are the unsung powerhouses of your kitchen and dining room. They’re not just a pretty face, they’re not afraid of getting down and doing some dirty work. Classically made from linen for its soft texture, durable nature and the fact that it won’t leave lint on the fine china, tea towels can be found everywhere from stove side to on the table, and that’s just where they belong. The tea towel’s close cousin, the flour sack towel, is an example of frugality meeting sustainability—old flour, grain and feed sacks would be repurposed into household towels.

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holiday gift giving…
green gifts for the host

It used to be so simple, if you were invited to dinner at someone’s home, you brought along a bottle of wine; maybe a bouquet of flowers. At larger parties, any small token, like a small box of chocolates, or a pretty candle, were completely acceptable. Today, things are a bit more complicated. Is the party being hosted by a couple? Or a single person, and of which gender? Is there a theme? Do your hosts drink, and if so do they prefer wine or beer? It’s all too much. We’ve decided to simplify the process. All you need to know is just a little bit about your hosts, and you can choose the ideal, sustainable gift they’re sure to love. Take a look at our picks!

If your host loves to cook, or their entertaining always centers around food. Try luxuriously delicious, all organic olive oils from Italy. Or wrap a bottle of their favorite vintage in a natural linen tea towel for an extra special presentation. Most hosts can never have too many serving trays, and a slate tray makes the perfect cheese board.

For the sentimental host (also ideal for parents or grandparents). Photo frames are terrific gifts, especially if you can fill it with an image of special times. A beautiful holiday ornament will make them smile every time they decorate their tree for years to come.

If your host keeps a garden, seasonal flowers in a recycled steel pail are a gorgeous and green choice. Garden markers are always appreciated and a good quality, organic soap will go a long way to keeping hands clean, and soft.

And if you just don’t know and you need a reliable green gift, you can’t go wrong with these. Organic, edible herb wreaths are a delightful departure from traditional holiday greenery. Candles are always a classic host gift, made even better when they’re made from earth-friendly wax and fragrances, and housed in recycled glass containers. Decorate your gift with a holiday ornament to make it even more special.

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home for the holidays…
prepping the table

The table is without a doubt the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving gathering. Instead of stressing about it at the last minute, take some time to plan ahead for a relaxed, low-stress holiday. Continue reading

the green table…
prep and serve

Are you ready for fall? Now that back to school is done, there’s a little lull before the holidays start. It’s a perfect time for entertaining. It’s also a perfect time to update your table. Keeping your kitchen, food prep and tableware eco-friendly can be a challenge, especially if you like to have different looks for each season. But, with the right pieces, it’s easy to achieve a mix and match style that can go from summer barbecues to fall football parties with ease. Want a green table? We’ve gathered some of our favorite pieces for prep and service.

 

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stocking the home bar…
a classic comes back

home bar

Once a staple of the American household, the home bar has made a comeback, thanks in no small part to the influence of shows like Mad Men. Whether you create a dedicated bar space in your basement or family room, light the tiki torches on an outdoor bar, or just have a small bar cart in the corner, there are a few basics that you need, after that, it’s all about personal preference and style. Continue reading