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How to Have a “Do Good” Dinner Party!


Well friends,

February is somewhat of a drab month. I don’t think anyone’s denying that at this point. Why not spice it up a bit with a night in with friends? If you’re trying to incorporate more ethically produced goods and products into your everyday life, including fun evenings at home, today is your lucky day. :) It just so happens I’ve rounded up a few big-hearted buds to help us out with a festive winter soiree! It’s been a while since we featured some Friends With a Mission, so here we go!

What elements make up a fab foodie party? Well, the dinner is an obvious place to start. We’re serious about our food around here! And the hostess with the mostess, you can leave all the hard work to Global Grub and concentrate on enjoying your own party!

Global Goods

Here’s how it works, from their Web Site:

  • Choose a cooking kit, stocked with high quality non-perishable ingredients that are pre-measured for you, and step-by-step instructions
  • Pick up a few fresh/basic items from the included shopping list
  • Begin your cooking adventure 
  • Enjoy your homemade dish with loved ones!

Pretty easy, right? And the best part: for every food kit sold, they donate the cost of a meal (based on the Feeding America Formula) to someone in need through their local food bank. Eat good, do good!

And what dinner party is complete without a little wine? I’m glad you brought that up:


OneHope Wine makes an impact with every bottle sold by donating HALF of the profits to
charitable partner causes. (And it’s good wine, people … it does come from California, after all!)

From their Web site:

ONEHOPE’s motivation began as a personal mission to help a
friend with her fight against cancer and evolved into a thriving business that
always remains focused on a very basic, but compelling principle: giving back is
good business. Eight founders came together in 2007 and created,
ONEHOPE Wine, with the goal of selling a quality wine that
would enable them to donate to worthy causes all year round.

So your dinner party is off to a great start! The key missing ingredient here, it seems, would be fair trade products to serve your delicious meal and wine in … and Seven Hopes United can definitely take it from here! Serve your yummy global grub on these Asanta reclaimed serving platters, pour the wine into these earthy red clay wine cups, and set the scene with this cheery paisley table runner.


Enjoy your “do good” dinner party, and don’t forget the fair trade chocolate and coffee for dessert!



Throw a Dinner Party, Seven Hopes Style!

outdoordinnerpartyWho’s ready for summer nights filled with food, fun and friends? I am! The days are getting longer and the evenings are getting warmer, which are perfect conditions for the first outdoor dinner party of the season. I love having friends over for a casual meal, and setting the perfect “tablescape” is half the fun. A fair-trade-inspired table is a happy, bright, table! Here are some of my favorite Seven Hopes picks for your next soiree:
Dinner Party 11. Franjpani Floral Trays: These gorgeous, lightweight trays are available in three vibrant colors and are hand painted by fair trade artisans in Kashmir. Great for a fruit or veggie display (or if you’re more like me, you might skip the healthy stuff and load it up with cheesy appetizers. It is a party, after all.)

2. Teal Capiz Bowl: Hand crafted in Bali, this beautiful bowl can serve as the centerpiece of the table. I love serving a simple caesar salad for outdoor meals (it pairs great with steaks on the grill!) and this bowl is perfect for salad.

3. Wild Olivewood Salad Claws: And of course, where would a salad bowl be without salad tongs? Or in this case, claws! These unique servers are made in Kenya out of wild olive wood with bone inlay.

4. Palm Citrus Placemats: These cheery placemats are woven from Lontar palm fronds in a traditional village workshop in Bali and have a casual feel that’s perfect for outdoor festivities.

5. Brooklyn Slate Cheese Board: A beautifully rustic surface for serving cheeses & hors d’oeuvres. The slate used is hand picked from a family quarry in upstate New York and will add a little flair to your table.

6. Blown Glass Pitcher: This confetti pitcher is made from recycled glass, Javier and Efren and would be a beautiful addition to the drinks station!

7. Gingko Orange Napkins: Made in Indonesia, these bright napkins will complete the tablescape with a splash of color and style.

Are you having any outdoor dinner parties this season? What’s your favorite food to serve? Don’t forget the sangria!