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.
Portland company Maid Brigade offers professional cleaning services that are Green Clean Certified to be low-toxic and sustainable. Their meticulous standards mean you can relax knowing they’ve found every last dust bunny and smudgy fingerprint… and they are happy for you to take all the credit! Get $25 off your first eight cleanings when you sign up for regular service… 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 forced paperwhite narcissus bulbs at each place setting to welcome guests with fresher smells and a longer lasting remembrance of your hospitality. You can save $10 off your purchase of $50 or more at Garden Fever and pick up a few gifts for the gardener in your life while you are at it.
Want to add some new holiday twinkles to your home? Beaumont Hardware is a great place to stock up on LED holiday lights and other re-usable decor items. They’ve also got all the storage supplies you’ll need to keep them in peak condition for next year. Save 20% on our purchase of up to $100 here.
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.
Natural Grocers has a great selection of winter squash right now and they are offering whole organic turkeys you can reserve as well. Take one for a test drive and pickup the rest of your holiday must-haves at the same time. Whatever you choose as your main course, their focus on sustainable sourcing means you can feel good about every delicious bite. Save $5 off $25 on your next trip here.
4. Enjoy the Stars for Dessert
After the big meal, invite your crowd for an evening stroll to enjoy the stars. And just in case the night proves a little cloudy, offer them each a box of these homemade ginger star cookies to enjoy while they wander. Gingerbread cookies are easy to modify to be more vegan and gluten-free when needed so your guests can enjoy them no matter what their dietary sensitivities are.
Pick up your vegan baking ingredients (and a few little snacks and treats for the stockings) at Food Fight! Grocery. They specialize in vegan candies, snacks and convenience items, making a planet-friendly diet more accessible for everyone. Save $5 off your purchase of $25 or more here.
5. Take the Next Night Off
After all that planning, prepping, serving and sharing you’re gonna be pretty wiped out. Give yourself the next night off by sending them out on a little adventure without you while you treat yourself to a night in.
In fact, why not send them ice skating? Lloyd Center Ice Rink is the perfect place to distract and delight your family and out of town guests. They offer ALL DAY PASSES (hint hint) and even offer a live DJ on Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 6 pm. Enjoy one FREE admission with purchase of one admission here.
After you’ve gotten the place all to yourself, the last thing you want to do is cook again. So pick up a delicious ready-made entree from Elephant’s Deli and then settle in to a quiet evening. You’ve earned it! Treat yourself to a FREE big cookie with your purchase of $5 or more 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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