by Mama Clawz, The North Pole’s Party Planning Diva
You’ve confirmed the guest list, booked that local comic, arranged for designated drivers (Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen…) and even managed to scrounge up Granny’s long lost Yule log recipe. You’ve been put in charge of this year’s Holiday party and you’re gonna throw a bash the likes of which would impress Martha Stewart (or at least that snarky neighbour of yours).
You’re a socially conscious shopper and opt for Fair Trade coffee whenever you can, so your question is: “Are there any Fair Trade products fit for a party?”. To put it simply: Yuhunh! Choosing Fair Trade options for your ingredients, gifts and libations, will make sure you get on Santa’s “Nice” list for sure.
Spice up your menu: Pick up some fairly sourced grub to further increase the warm and fuzzy feelings brought on by this time of year (or too much eggnog). Give your food more attitude with Fairtrade certified herbs and spices! I’m talkin’ ‘bout Fair Trade olive oil in your salad dressing and peppering just about anything the fair way. Play around with curry powder, ginger and lemongrass, colour dishes with turmeric.
You can even find Fair Trade rice and quinoa in many places, which makes this superfood even more super. Speaking of superfoods, keep an eye out for Fairtrade certified avocados, and complete your fruit platter with Fairtrade certified bananas, mangos and oranges.
Feelin’ fine with Fairtrade wine:
If Christmas cheer ain’t cutting it for ya and you’re of the Holiday spirit type, look into a more ethical buzz for you and your guests. Ask your local liquor store for Fairtrade wines from Chile, Argentina and South Africa.
Try out this great mulled wine recipe.
In Quebec, Direct Terroir has put on sale its Fairtrade certified coffee and goji liqueurs and quinoa vodka. Plus, they’re teaming up with a local cheese guru to offer wine & cheese tastings. You’ll find more information here (only in French).
Just desserts: Make sure that obnoxious uncle of yours gets his just desserts, and everyone else for that matter. Your award-winning apple crisp, chocolate log, fruit cake or gingerbread cookies, will go down more smoothly when made with Fairtrade certified sugar, cocoa, molasses and spices! Even after a third helping of mashed potatoes! Of course it helps if they’re accompanied by a cup of Fair Trade tea or coffee…
Fairly decorative touches: Any brunch is a pretty bunch when there are flowers on the table. When you want to brighten a room, opt for Fairtrade certified flowers. Also a nice token for that special someone you’ve been hoping to kiss at midnight (Of course I know! You’re being super obvious). If you can’t find any blooms with the Fairtrade Mark at your local supermarket, look in the Fair Trade Finder. You can also find great ornaments, statuettes and other home decor items crafted by Fair Trade artisans around the world at your local Ten Thousand Villages store.
No one’s asking you for a Holiday miracle, just follow my easy-to-remember Holiday motto : Less Scrooge. More Fairtrade booze.
Fair Festivities to all, and to all a good night!