Long story short, I did it. Two dinners, three outfits, and one uptown adventure. Waste free.
Dinner #1, Saturday, May 3rd: Mable's Smokehouse
Outfit: Daniel Silverstein Tanager Jumpsuit
Mable's has amazing barbecue, like ridiculously good, but they use paper, plastic, and Styrofoam instead of reusable plates, bummer. But I really wanted to go and so I called Mable's weeks in advance to see if they could host a Zero Waste birthday dinner.
They thought about it and called me back, they could! Instead of single servings, they made all of the food family style. They served us all of their sides, mac & cheese, beans, beets, greens... etc. in ceramic bowls bowls with reusable silverware, and their meat and vegan Sloppy Joe's on large platters on the table.
For drinks we got pitchers of Peak Organic beer from the tap, and all had glass cups and had pitchers of water. The only thing that they couldn't accommodate were napkins so I tasked all of my dinner guests with bringing their own reusable napkins to dinner, which turned out really well! After dinner, to work off the insane amounts of BBQ, we went dancing, totally ZW! PS All of the birthday hats were saved from my friend Sara's birthday dinner at my house last year!
Dinner #2, Sunday, May 4th: ABC Kitchen
Outfit: Daniel Silverstein Kea Lonika dress
Birthday Adventure, Sunday, May 4th: The Cloisters NYC
Outfit: Secondhand Jeans gifted by Katherine Kartis
It is way, way uptown, like nosebleed uptown, but totally worth the train ride. It is located in Fort Tryon Park and you need to do a little light hiking to get there (or you could take the bus, but we learned that after).
The museum also has gorgeous outdoor areas. My favorite one was filled with plants that were used in medieval times for everything from arts and crafts to medicine and housekeeping. After we finished our audio tour of the museum, we walked around the park and walked 100 BLOCKS downtown for dinner. (Okay, we stopped to take a birthday shot and have a beer, but still!) PS - they even used stainless steel straws! How very Zero Waste of those medieval folk!