As if you don’t have enough to worry about when planning a party! Have you SEEN the vast array of disposable tableware options online? Not to mention the number of places selling disposable partyware and dishes? My head spins.
Frankly, I say hit the dollar store for most party needs these days. Our Dollar Tree regularly carries a good selection of basic partyware, from paper plates and cups to plastic stemware and tablecoverings, all in several colors. You can save quite a bit by using their basics and adding in a few pricier theme-specific accents to create a great party look on a budget.
So I guess the dollar store is my Top Fave when it comes to partyware, but there are times when the dollar store just won’t do — like for dress-to-impress gatherings, la-de-da events, and the occasional outdoor wedding.
For these, I have several Top Faves from fantastic upscale disposable tableware lines we carried for years – and all can be found at great prices on Amazon nowadays. My disposable partyware picks below should help you weed through the options and get the best value for your party dollar.
Occasions Disposable Plastic Tableware
For oh-la-la style, Occasions is your line. With decorative rims, square and round plates, and many accessories, Occasions has just about every special occasion covered. We never carried this line as they sold exclusively on Amazon, but I’ve tested samples. It’s a quality line with great choices for elegant presentations and fully coordinated tables.
Maryland Plastics Dishes, Trays & Drinkware
This manufacturer is tops for heavy-duty, cut glass-look plastic serving pieces. Their upscale look is perfect for outdoor events or any occasion where breakage concerns prevent using glass and ceramic tableware. You can also find the line in party stores — Party City carries quite a bit.
Creative Converting and WNA (Reflections & Masterpiece)
Both party goods companies offer huge selections of partyware and many are standouts. Their products are sold under several brand names, but I’ve corralled my faves below for both casual and upscale events to give you a starting point. The Touch of Color plates come in an array of colors, plus bowls and drinkware to match. The Form & Function napkins and tablecoverings are about the best fabric-feel paper goods you’ll find. Masterpiece plates are a standard choice for outdoor events, and Reflections silvertone plastic flatware finishes off tables with the sparkle of silverware.
Peasant Mats Disposable Paper Placemats
This line has quite a following among party planners, event managers, and people just using them at home. Peasant Mats placemats come in one shape — rectangle with corners trimmed — in a number of colors. What makes Peasant Mats special is their substantial feel, crinkled finish, and wax coating, which creates a durable, multi-use placemat that looks great on any table.