From now until New Year’s Day we slide into a season packed with pumpkin-carving, candle lighting, and gift-giving celebrations of all sorts. This year, we invite you to lighten your load and lighten your footprint to create more joyful festivities for everyone (especially you).
1. Get Some Sparkle Support
Half the work of getting your home ready for guests is the cleaning… and half the stress of the occasion is hoping no one will notice the mess you didn’t quite have time to tackle. Lighten your load this year by scheduling a professional cleaning before and after the big occasion.
Susan’s Green Cleaning offers professional cleaning services that are low-toxic and sustainable. Their meticulous standards and ethical business practices even earned them the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics! You can relax knowing they’ve found every last dust bunny and smudgy fingerprint… while taking excellent care of their employees and the environment. Get $25 off 4 hours of cleaning … and look forward to a sparkling home through the festive season and beyond!
2. Let your Decor Live On
Little seasonal touches around the house can really make your place feel festive… but so many decor items end up in the trash heap after the big day. This year, brighten the table with edible or plantable gifts that can go home with guests. Make a centerpiece out of potted herbs or consider gifting little paperwhite narcissus bulbs at each place setting to welcome guests with fresher smells and a longer lasting remembrance of your hospitality.
Hunt for the perfect seasonal centerpiece options AND get in a festive mood by heading to Swanson’s Nursery’s Fall Festival, October 12th and 13th. They’ve got tractor rides and Autumn crafts and games to keep the kiddos delighted while you browse their indoor greenery options. While you are there, save $10 off your purchase of $50 or more.
3. Re-Center the Meal (around a Squash)
Festive occasions call for a showstopping main course — one that can take pride of place in the center of the table. Make a more climate friendly meal by picking up one of those enormous winter squashes (or a cool-looking pumpkin). Scoop out the seeds, bake it whole, and then stuff it with your favorite holiday stuffing for a gorgeous main dish that will also be friendly to special diets. Here’s one delicious option to try.
Marlene’s Market & Deli has a great selection of winter squash right now. Take one for a test drive and pick up the rest of your holiday must-haves at the same time. Whatever you choose for your main course, their focus on sustainable sourcing means you can feel good about every delicious bite. Save $10 off your purchase of $50 or more on your next trip here.
4. Try a Cheese Course for Dessert
After the big meal, skip the baking and lay out a lovely (and so easy!) cheese board for dessert. Washington is blessed with some gorgeous locally made cheeses. Add in a few seasonal jams and some spiced crackers and you can hit all those sweet, creamy, savory and spicy notes — no oven required.
Taste your way through some special cheeses from Mt. Townsend Creamery, Sunny Pine Farms, Cascadia Creamery and more at Central Co-op’s Cascadia Cheese Festival on October 19th. As a customer-owned grocer that invests in the wellbeing of their suppliers, farmers, employees and customers, Central Co-op is a pretty inspiring place to shop. Enjoy $5 of your purchase of $25 or more on your next trip here.
5. Take the Next Night Off
After all that planning, prepping, serving and sharing, the last thing you want to do is cook again. So pick up some delicious ready-made entrees (or even easier — order online and have them delivered!) from Eat Local and then settle in to a quiet evening. You’ve earned it.
Eat Local offers a variety of chef-designed, locally made meals flash frozen to ensure they stay as flavorful as when they were made; and with keto, gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free options available they have you covered no matter what your specific dietary needs are. Enjoy one FREE one-serving or two-serving entree with purchase of one entree of equal or greater value here.
However you celebrate the season, we hope you’ll pause to enjoy the changing leaves, to re-connect with the people you love, and stay inspired to create a better world, one celebration at a time.
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