Yay or Nay: Beautiful Disposable Dishware

Yay or Nay: Beautiful Disposable Dishware

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Katie Holdefehr
Nov 20, 2016
(Image credit: Harlow and Grey)

Disposable dishware isn't known for being well-liked—it's typically not super attractive and it certainly isn't green—but if you're hosting Thanksgiving for 30 and you currently have place settings for five, it just makes sense. Even if you buy more cheap white plates, do you have the cabinet space to store them when the party's over? Here are some beautiful options and eco-friendly picks that may make you rethink what disposable dishware is capable of—then take the poll and sound off in the comments.

  1. Carrara Marble Paper Plates at Harlow & Grey, $5.50 for 8. Realistic-looking marble designs make these paper plates look remarkably luxe.
  2. Blush Stripe Paper Plates at Oh Happy Day Party Shop, $8 for 8. The sweetest dessert plates we've ever seen.
  3. Choko Cup at Wasara, $37.38 for 50. These sleekly-designed, minimalist cups are made entirely of tree-free renewable materials, such as sugar cane fibers, bamboo and reed pulps.
  4. Pineapple Plate at MeriMeri, $5.95. If you use this cheeky fruit plate for your holiday festivities, be sure to read up on the history of the hospitality pineapple.
  5. The Forest Feast Paper Placemats at ABRAMS, $13.56 for 40 sheets. To go with your paper plates: Pretty paper placemats.
  6. Light Green Plates at SustyParty, $30 for 25. Their plates may be a little pricier than those at a chain party supply store, but Brooklyn-based SustyParty's goods are worth the extra investment. The company collaborates with non-profit factories that employ people with disabilities to produce their compostable and biodegradable dishware.
  7. Party Porcelain Large Blue Paper Plates at Shop Sweet Lulu, $10.50 for 8. Porcelain-inspired patterns lend disposable dishes old-fashioned charm.
  8. Shatterproof Wine Glass at Tossware, $13 for 12. These PBA-free plastic cups look just like real glasses, but if you drop one, it won't break. They can be recycled after your party, but reviewers also recommend hand-washing and storing them for another use.
  9. 8" by 8" Square Compostable Plate at VerTerra, $18 for 25. These compostable plates made from palm leaves and water are miraculously microwave-, oven-, and refrigerator-safe.
  10. Elegant Compostable Wooden Cutlery at Birchware, $6.25 for 12 pieces. Sophisticated, eco-friendly, and convenient join forces in these compostable utensils designed to look like vintage silverware.
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