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Maybe it’s because we grew up watching Ina Garten throw weekly dinner parties for all of her fancy and exciting friends on Barefoot Contessa, but there’s nothing we love more than hosting a big gathering for our friends and family, whether it’s for a holiday, a birthday, or just an excuse to make a ton of cute little appetizers. But it’s hard to deny that the thought of doing dishes for a big group — or loading up a landfill with tons of single-use disposable cutlery, cups, and plates — significantly diminishes our desire to get our party on.
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But these days, hours of washing dishes or trashing pounds of plastic aren’t the only options. There are actually tons of new eco-friendly disposable dinnerware items to choose from. From compostable cups to bamboo napkins, or our favorite — plates and bowls made from fallen palm leaves, who knew? — these eco-friendly party plate, cup, and silverware options will allow you to host guilt-free and dishes-free all summer long.
Gezond Eco-Friendly Party Set
If you already stress out a lot about hosting, then we’ll make this easy for you. Snag this 350-piece set of disposable, biodegrable dinnerware, which is made from sugarcane fiber and cornstarch, and you’ll have everything you need for a party of 50 guests — even drinking straws!
Gezond Eco-Friendly Party Set for 50$44.64Buy now
Compostable Plant-Based Clear Cold Cup
These clear Solo cup alternatives are plastic-free. They can be composted in a commercial composter, if your city has composting, or disposed in the trash where they’re still more environmentally friendly than plastic. Party on!
Repurpose Compostables Plant-Based Clear Cold Cup$17.09Buy now
Compostable Disposable Coffee Cups
If you’re going to be serving coffee at your party, you’ll need hot cups, but styrofoam is definitely not the look. Try these compostable, biodegradable bamboo coffee cups instead, which are unbleached, plastic-free, and BPA-free.
Earth's Natural Alternative Compostable Disposable Coffee Cups$20.89Buy now
ECO SOUL Round Palm Leaf Plates
We’re kind of obsessed with these palm leaf plates. They’re made from hand-gathered, naturally fallen palm leaves, and are sturdy like wood, but lightweight like paper options. They also look so nice compared to traditional paper or cardboard options.
ECO SOUL Round Palm Leaf Plates 100 Pack$49.49Buy now
Earth’s Natural Alternative Plates
These 100% compostable, biodegradable disposable plates are made of renewable, sustainable plant fibers. This 6″ size is perfect for appetizers and desserts.
Earth's Natural Alternative Plates 125-pack$13.99Buy now
ECO SOUL Compostable Bowls
If you’ve ever used paper bowls, you know the issues. So why not try these palm leaf bowls instead? They’re much sturdier and won’t get soggy, they’re compostable, and they’re even microwaveable.
ECO SOUL Compostable Bowls 20-Pack$15.99Buy now
Bamboo Everyday Napkins
Napkins are a must for any party, and these bamboo napkins, which are compostable, are an eco-friendly alternative to bleached paper napkins that come in a big cellophane-wrapped package.
ibambo Bamboo Napkins$7.97Buy now
EarthClusive 100% Compostable Wooden Cutlery Set
Plastic utenstils are obviously not an eco-friendly option. Choose this compostable wooden cutlery instead. The company even plants one tree for every set made, so you can feel good about your purchase.
EarthClusive 100% Compostable Wooden Cutlery Set$25.99Buy now