How to Host a Pinterest-Worthy Party Without Breaking the Bank
Summer is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to dust off the grill for your seasonal barbecue party needs. Don’t leave the party prep there, though—in the age of Pinterest and Instagram, the pressure’s on to create a picture-perfect setup. Say you’re not exactly equipped with Martha Stewart-level décor? Have no fear. Disposable tableware has vastly improved in recent years, and gone are the cartoon-themed paper plates of your childhood. Below, we’ve rounded up three online stores that stock party-ready plates, cups and flatware, and which also offer a wide variety of decorations—so that your next shindig is sure to be an aesthetic success.
Oh Happy Day Party Store (pictured at top)
Launched a few weeks ago by blogger Jordan Ferney of the popular DIY blog Oh Happy Day, this online shop offers a huge selection of hosting must-haves—from decorative garlands to disposable tableware to quirky party favors. Ferney brings her playful, colorful aesthetic to every aspect of the shop, and she has years of experience tracking down party décor from all over the globe—from Paris-sourced confetti to Mexican piñatas. Now, the goods she once sought out for her own personal use are available to her legions of fans and readers. Bonus: The shop is searchable by color, so you can finally have that gold-themed birthday party you've always dreamed of.
Frustrated by what they saw as a limited selection of goods at conventional party supply stores, the three founders of this one-stop party shop wanted to create a space where busy hosts could get everything they needed at once—without leaving their desks. In addition to selling a robust selection of disposable plates, napkins and accent pieces (many of them recyclable), Elliewood offers curated collections, complete with styling tips, so you can get just the look you're going for without having to work too hard at it. The Holden collection, with its classic blue china patterns and gold accents, would make for a super-elegant dinner party, while the Betrothed set, which offers geometric ombre plates, gold placemats and confetti push-pops, is a beautiful choice for a bridal shower.
If you don’t want to get stuck doing a million dishes at the end of the night but have lingering concerns about the environmental impact of disposable dinnerware, check out this Brooklyn-based company. Susty Party makes non-toxic, compostable (and still aesthetically pleasing!) tableware—so you won’t have to feel guilty about using it. An added bonus: The company produces all of its wares at non-profit, U.S.-based factories that employ the visually impaired. We love this wooden flatware, colorful cups, and these plates made from renewable tapioca and grass.