Once upon a time, not so very long ago, we didn't expect much from paper plates and napkins, except that they (hopefully) held slices of pizza and cake. The days of sheer utility, however, are long gone. Disposable paper goods and plastic utensils that we not-so-secretly covet in a more permanent form can be found at multiple retailers.
Sometimes, though, those Instagram-worthy pieces come with a hefty price tag — and it's hard to justify spending big money on stuff that's just gonna get thrown away. That's why we were so excited to discover this Sugar & Cloth collection that's being sold exclusively on Amazon right now.
The line starts at just $10. Packs of napkins, silverware, and plates come in 12 to 36 counts, meaning you'll have to buy fewer total sets or packages. (But they also come in small-enough numbers that you can mix and match, too.)
The collection is a collaboration between Amazon and Ashley Rose of the Sugar & Cloth blog. In a post about the release of the collection, she explains that the idea came about when she was styling an Amazon party in Seattle a few months ago. Rose came up with mock-ups for the design and worked with a manufacturer in New Jersey to make sure the products would stand up to use.
The results, she explains, are fun products that will last the entire party, like her starburst straws that are designed to not get soggy. (And with 125 for $10, they'll last for party after party.)
In addition to eye-catching, one-use products, the melamine products are suitable for everyday use. Rose suggests that in addition to using them as serveware, that you can use the condiment set as a desk catch-all and the marble melamine serving trays for beauty products as a vanity tray.
Whatever you decide to do with the pieces, however, we love the idea of making a blogger-worthy get-together accessible for the rest of us. See some of our favorite picks from the collection below.
This post originally ran on Kitchn. See it there: This Amazon-Exclusive Entertaining Line Will Make Your Next Party Look So Fancy