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Easy Eco-Friendly Party

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Fun fact: 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. So why not throw an eco-friendly party? Follow these tips from party planner Maria McBride, and it'll be easy-breezy.

Wine Bottle Vases

The lean, elegant silhouette of a wine bottle lends itself to a second life as a bud vase. It’s shaped to hold a well of liquid and its narrow neck makes it a superior vessel for long-stemmed flowers and foliage. Fill the bottles with shoots of ivy; these hardy plants are easy to root and, once established, make a natural sun shade. Bonus: homes with well-placed shrubs and leafy vine cover enjoy reduced energy costs simply by being shaded! It pays to go green.


Materials
3 used wine bottles
Bottle brush
Adhesive solvent
Water
3 10-inch ivy shoots

Directions
1. Clean used wine bottles with bottle brush. Use adhesive solvent to remove any label remants.

2. Fill each bottle halfway with water. Remove several leaves from the end of the ivy stems to easily insert into the bottles. Be sure at least 2 inches of the root end of the stem is submerged in water.

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