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5 Great Shops for Eco-Friendly Entertaining Essentials

Oct 3, 2018

by Katie Hawley

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Grab your dancing shoes, prep the punch bowl, and start styling your charcuterie spreads—peak entertaining season is almost here. You know the drill: Potlucks. Cocktail parties. Dinner parties. Thanksgiving. Friendsgiving. And then, before we even blink, it’s holiday go-time. Exciting, to be sure—especially for the die-hard hosts and stylish party animals among us—but also potentially taxing, both for our social calendars and for the planet we call home.

Good news for everyone, including Mother Earth: It’s easier than ever to go green with your seasonal entertaining supplies, thanks to an impressive array of environmentally conscious options from eco-friendly makers around the world. From surprisingly elegant compostable plates to chic double-duty centerpieces (and everything in between), some of the most on-trend entertaining essentials topping party-pro lists this year have also been designed with the environment in mind. So whether you’re the hostess with the mostess or just a guest extraordinaire, read on to discover some of our favorite sustainable party finds.

Compostable plates

We get it: Nobody likes doing the dishes, especially after a fun-filled night of catching up with friends and family. But before you reach for a single-use option that’s destined to end up in a landfill, consider an eco-friendly alternative that’s equally disposable, like these pretty palm-leaf plates from Wild Leaf Tableware. Made from fallen leaves (a renewable raw material!), the sturdy, heat-safe dishes can be composted after use. Palm leaf plates from Wild Leaf Tableware, $20 for 25

A reusable wine tote

A good guest never shows up to a party empty-handed, and transporting your go-to bottle of wine in something other than a plastic bag from the liquor store not only saves some waste, it also makes even a last-minute contribution seem considered. Enter Aplat‘s reusable canvas wine tote. Crafted from organic, sustainable fibers and lined with surplus chambray sourced from San Francisco factories, this clever carryall boasts three side pockets perfect for stashing snacks (and bringing home leftovers). Chambray wine tote from Aplat, $52

Cloth napkins

No one could blame you for wanting to keep your breakable glassware and plates safe in the cabinets during those casual, come-and-go shindigs when guests are roaming the room and accidents inevitably happen. But there’s no comparable argument for cloth napkins, so we suggest investing in a few extra matched (or coordinated) sets to see you through the next season’s gatherings. Thanks to their deep mustard hue (good for masking stains) and hardworking cotton composition (washing machine–friendly), these screen-printed napkins from Softer + Wild are more than up to the job. Just toss them in the laundry when your last guest leaves and pat yourself on the back for sparing a disposable paper pack. Even better, this fall-themed set comes with a bonus tea towel, perfect for wiping up dining room (or dance floor) spills. Tea towel and napkin set from Softer + Wild, $43 for four napkins and one matching tea towel

Biodegradable utensils

By the time you’ve put the finishing touches on your party’s showstopper snack station, it can seem like you’ve managed to use every formerly clean fork and spoon in the house. We’ve all been there—which makes disposable silverware for guests a totally sane entertaining choice that can be green to boot. Case in point? Sucre Shop‘s single-use wooden forks, which are compostable, made from sustainably forested and harvested birch, and hand-stamped with cheerful, mod monochromatic flowers. Biodegradable wooden forks from Sucre Shop, $8 for 20 

A multipurpose centerpiece

When it comes to looking out for the planet, buying vintage might just be the ultimate Earth-saving move. Double down on the reduce, reuse, recycle mindset by repurposing a treasured vintage find as a table centerpiece—and skip buying a brand-new, hyper-specific something you’ll hide in deep storage for the next 364 days. Our pick? A classic vintage ceramic pitcher, like this one from Mod Rendition. Fill it with your signature party punch, or style it as a vase with pretty dried flowers for extra oomph—and leave it on your dining table year-round. Vintage ceramic pitcher from Mod Rendition, $45

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21 comments

  • TreasuredMemoryLane

    TreasuredMemoryLane from TreasuredMemoryLane said 13 days ago

    Great products and ideas for reusable or compostable party supplies to save our planet. Thank you for sharing.

  • sQuircle

    Claire Showalter from sQuircle said 13 days ago

    So great! I just got metal straws and a lovely handmade sleeve to carry them in here on etsy - love the feature with all the holidays coming up to be more aware of what's available here!

  • DecoUno

    DeUno from DeUno said 13 days ago

    Great selection of products! Thank you for sharing!

  • bvysgqdo

    bluewine studio from bluewinestudio said 13 days ago

    Amazing! Love the natural colors and design. Also love that these products are Eco-Friendly!

  • dcpvtyqq

    Britney from LenoreFWS said 13 days ago

    Love the reusable wine tote! It makes me SO excited to see how much sustainable living is becoming a primary topic of discussion in our society! I remember even 5 years ago it was challenging to find eco-friendly items, so this is a happy shift!

  • cfgkyxln

    Leo Nuvunga from AfricanCraftsCenter said 13 days ago

    Good selection. Than you for sharing!

  • maslinda

    Chiara Vogiatzi from maslinda said 12 days ago

    Great finds! The compostable plates are pure genius while the disposable forks are too pretty to dispose 🍂

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 12 days ago

    Sustainable and beautiful! Love this selection, tfs :)

  • ShopCointrelle

    Cointrelle Vintage Clothing from Cointrelle said 12 days ago

    Many, many years ago I came across a 1920's disposable picnic ware set at an antique shop. All the plates and utensils were made of a thin wood. What a genius idea I thought; if only someone would bring this back! I'm glad that's happening now. The forks in this post as super cute, and more eco friendly indeed : ) Everything featured is great.

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 12 days ago

    Love this feature and the shops who are taking the steps to change our current plastic disaster. Cheers and many many continued sales ~!~

  • PokutniaAnna

    Anna from FairyToysWorld said 12 days ago

    I like to buy new things for my kitchen. Thanks for this article. Napkins and plates are amazing!

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden from TropicalGarden said 11 days ago

    Great eco-friendly selections for our environment! The palm-leaf plates, reusable wine tote, and cloth napkins are my favorites. Thanks for sharing!

  • babsfsu

    Barbara Gable from CrazyLovely said 11 days ago

    I love those cloth napkins. Pretty and eco-friendly.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 11 days ago

    Great choices!

  • RandMhandmade

    Renee from RandMhandmade said 11 days ago

    Thank you for sharing!

  • FireHorseTextiles

    Julia K Walton from JuliaKWalton said 10 days ago

    Love these eco-friendly ideas for entertaining! :o)

  • infinitlit

    Farideh Nouri from FlairPaintings said 10 days ago

    Great selections. Thank you :)

  • CraveCute

    Diane from CraveCute said 9 days ago

    Great article! Thank you for featuring Vintage too!

  • unatuna

    Oonah from unatuna said 8 days ago

    I might have to get some of those biodegradable utensils! I hate all the waste that we create from kid birthdays.

  • 7doac8uv

    linda said 8 days ago

    I am new to Etsy, but, my orders have been perfect... the items are like they are described and the packing is great , the shipping time, so fast... I will continue to shop with Etsy....

  • Kashuen

    Kashuen Collectibles from Kashuen said 5 days ago

    I love that cloth napkin. It’s so beautiful.

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