The trend of "going green" has become increasingly popular in the past year. While we become more eco-friendly in our lives, why not bring green to the party, too? Maria McBride, author of "Party Basics for New Nesters," stopped by "GMA Now" to share some of her creative and delicious ways to incorporate organic, local and recycled goods into your next gathering and help leave a greener footprint on the Earth.
Please find some of McBride's Earth Day party recipes below.
Energy-efficient and delicious, tea on ice is a bracing thirst quencher. Fill glass vessels with water and use the sun's rays to brew a hearty batch of teas. Serve in vintage milk bottles or mason jars with simple syrup for an old-fashioned charm.
3 quart-sized water bottles or mason jars for 3 kinds of tea
1 gallon plus 2 cups pure water 9 tea bags of assorted teas — lemon, black, fruit flavors are favorites
1 ½-quart bottle
2 cups superfine sugar
1 lemon, thinly sliced
3 mint stems, rinsed
1 cup raspberries
1 foot cheesecloth
1. Fill 3 quart bottles with water; add 3 tea bags to each bottle. Cover with lids or plastic wrap; let sit in full sun for an hour to steep. Remove tea bags. Chill tea in refrigerator.
2. To prepare simple syrup, bring 2 cups of water to a boil; mix in sugar and dissolve. Cool. Pour into ½-quart bottle.
3. Add sliced lemons to lemon tea, sprigs of mint to black tea, and berries to fruit tea. Cover with lids or cut a 6-inch swatch of cheesecloth to cover mouths of bottles; secure with wired twine.
4. Serve with simple syrup and tall glasses of ice.
Makes 3 quarts tea.
Celebrate spring and the bounty of the earth with a medley of seasonal vegetables. Instead of presenting guests with mountains of crunchy vegetables to be picked through, I prefer to set up personal portions in shot glasses or glass votive holders, and serve each with a tablespoon of dipping sauce. Each glass holds a mini-salad that's symbolic of a petite garden, meant to remind us that Mother Earth can sustain us if we treat her well.
12 shot glasses or votive holders
2 bunches baby bok choy
2 hearts of celery
8 ounces of green beans
1 bunch of skinny asparagus
1 bunch of baby carrots
1 seedless cucumber
1 clove garlic
1 cup thick Greek-style plain yogurt
½ lemon, juiced
1. Place clean glasses in the refrigerator to chill.
2. Separate leaves of bok choy and stalks of celery; rinse well.
3. Clean green beans and asparagus, and slice each in half diagonally.
Blanch beans for 4 minutes and asparagus for 2 minutes in simmering water. Rinse in cool water.
4. Peel carrots; slice in half vertically.
5. Peel cucumber so that thin slivers of skin remain. Cut into two 4-inch-long sections and cut each into 1/2-inch thick strips.
6. Cover all prepared veggies with a damp paper towel, and crisp in the refrigerator until serving time.
7. Crush garlic and mix with yogurt, lemon juice, and pepper to taste.
8. Spoon yogurt into shot glass. Fill with mix of vegetables and serve.
Makes 12 servings.