For far too long, paper products for parties have come in two styles: basic and boring. But a number of online shops have finally gotten the memo that these disposable items can be much more stylish than what's usually found at a children's birthday celebration. Instead of cartoon characters or solid shades, outfitters are choosing to bring some of the latest trends to these simple materials — from "millennial pink" on cups to verdant palms on plates. What does this mean for you? As summer gets underway, you'll have more than enough easy options to help you throw an effortlessly chic soiree.
Neon Star Plates
For a fun touch, opt for these dimensional star plates ( $8.95 for 8 ) from Paper Source. They're just the right size for serving small desserts or appetizers.
Tropical Dessert Plates
Banana leaf-style tropical prints have ruled 2017, so it's only natural that it would make the leap to the table. These affordable tropical dessert plates found at Etsy ( $6.50 for 12 ) can be recycled after the party, too.
Blush Pink and Gold Paper Plates
Whether you call it "blush" or "millennial pink," the hue on these Blush Pink & Gold Paper Plates via Etsy ( $6.50 for a set of 8 ) is another top trend of the year (though it seems like it's been around forever). The geometric gold pattern adds an unexpectedly modern flourish.
Large Marble Paper Napkins
Who knew that a paper napkin could be so cool? A marbled effect in red and purple turns these finds from Polka Dot Design ( $6.56 for a pack of 20 ) into a stylish statement for your cocktail party.
Ombre Watercolor Paper Plates
Can't decide on a color? You don't have to with these rainbow-hued plates from Etsy ( $6 for a set of 8 ). It's kind of like the grown-up take on that "unicorn" trend.
Golden Geometric Foil Coaster Set
While parties don't necessarily require coasters, they're a fun flourish that helps add a little something special to the table. This triangular design found on Etsy ( $14 for a set of 12 ) is a chic choice, especially if the rest of the table is minimal.
In soft hues of blue and white, this marbled runner from Carol & Company ( $24 ) would be a dreamy backdrop against solid white plates. It's made of durable kitchen paper, so clean up is as easy as recycling.
Blush and Gold Party Cups
Blush and gold also gives a welcome makeover to typical paper party cups. Though you wouldn't serve a martini in these options from Etsy ( $8.88 for a set of 8 ), they're a great way to stylishly serve up punch.
Metallic Gold Paper Straws
Paper straws may seem like one of those things that look fun, but aren't too functional. Yet, paper straws are as durable as plastic — and so much better for the environment. The shining gold finish also gives these Etsy finds ( $3.75 for a set of 24 ) the look of a vintage swizzle stick.
Disposable Wooden Utensils
Thin wooden utensils are just as strong as plastic versions, but are compostable. These options from Etsy ( $8 for a set of 20, sold by the utensil), a dash of green adds a little extra color to the streamlined forms of these lightweight utensils.