Planning a backyard bash for the Fourth of July? Whether the celebration is large or small, add some green to your red, white and blue party plans. The specialists at GreenBrideGuide  offer the following five sustainable solutions for Independence Day and any other outdoor gala on your summer calendar.
All-natural charcoal: Made from ecologically harvested wood, Lazzari 100% natural mesquite charcoal  is a carbon-neutral, flavor-enhancing alternative for preparation of your grilled specialties.
Green grilling gear: Equip yourself or gift a favorite chef with the Eco BBQ Set . Packaged in a 100% recycled cardboard cylinder with recycled paper stuffing, it includes tongs, a spatula, a fork and 20 wooden skewers. All gear in the Eco BBQ Set is made from FDA-compliant materials such as bamboo and stainless steel.
Natural refreshment: Mix up a batch of green mojitos  using organic rum, club soda, pure cane sugar, organic limes and freshly crushed organic mint grown in your garden. Serve them in recycled glassware, such as summer-friendly mason jars.
Serving sustainably: Preserve “On The Go” reusable recycled plastic party plates  can make their debut at your July 4th bash, then be invited back to the table for other summer parties. These colorful plates are BPA-free and dishwasher safe.
Banishing bugs: Keep mosquitoes out of the party zone with all-natural citronella torches from Big Dipper Wax Works . Mounted on simple, sustainable bamboo poles, the torch candles are a long-burning blend of beeswax, soy wax and essential oils.