So you thought your party days were over when you got pregnant, huh? Turns out once you get pregnant there’s a party for everything, starting with the baby shower. And now that you’re bringing a brand new human into the world, what better time is there to be aware of your eco footprint on earth? Every year, hundreds of billions of disposable tableware items are discarded, and you do not want to be a part of that. Thankfully the Brooklyn-based sustainable party tableware business Susty Party, founded by Emily Doubilet and Jessica Holsey, makes disposable (and compostable) goods that will bring style to every fete you have on your horizon.


Here they prove it’s possible to throw a green party with style.

What are some things people can do to ensure an eco celebration? What are the no no's?

Choose reusable tableware if possible, but when quantity/location/price make disposable goods your best bet, be sure to pick compostable products. Rather than adding to the landfill with styrofoam or plastic plates, cups and bowls, choose alternatives that can return to the earth instead. Also be sure to clearly label your waste bins. One of the worst eco-blusters is to buy compostable products but then fail to dispose of them properly. Be sure to have containers for trash, recycling and compost. To eliminate confusion for your guests, make signs that clearly inform which bins are for what!

Can stylish and eco really be put in the same sentence when talking about parties?

If you've ever been to a Susty Party, you know the answer is yes. A few years ago though, it was much more difficult. Compostable tableware used to be limited to white or tan and had a very industrial look. Our bright colors and fun patterns are evidence of a revolution in the eco-friendly party world, as it becomes more and more mainstream to consider sustainability when throwing an event.

Do you ladies have a favorite project you do with leftover party goods?

We love this DIY Straw Wreath. We made it for Christmas, but it would be the perfection decoration for so many different holidays! Picture pink, green and yellow straws for Easter, red and blue for July 4th, orange and black for Halloween. The options are endless! We also can't get enough of this DIY Straw Cake Topper. Cake toppers are all over Pinterest these days and this Susty version is made especially cute with our striped straws.

What are some of your favorite party trends you're seeing for spring? Color schemes?

We're obsessed with our new yellow and gray line for spring. The gray is unexpected, but our star print makes it playful and whimsical, yet sophisticated. The yellow products are also perfect to mix and match with so many other colors for easy entertaining. One of our favorite party trends is the build-your-own-blank bar. With spring around the corner, we cannot wait to throw rooftop brunch parties. We've got big plans for brunch bars -- picture mimosa bars, waffle bars, cereal bars, parfait bars.

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Back when my husband and I were creating our wedding registry, it was a fun, low-pressure opportunity to select some new dishes and linens. After all, I knew a thing or two about stocking my home and making the "wrong decision" with thread count was the only thing that posed any risk to my sleep at night.

Fast-forward a few years to when I created a baby registry before the birth of my first child—and I found the experience to have a much steeper learning curve. Unlike those sheets, it felt like a bad swaddle or bassinet selection would be catastrophic. Unsure of what to expect from motherhood or my baby, I leaned heavily on advice from friends who already ventured into parenthood. (Starting with their reminders to take deep breaths!)


Now a mom of three little ones under the age of four, I'm happy to be in a position to pass along some baby registry wisdom.

Go shopping with a veteran parent

As first-time parents, my husband and I barely knew the difference between a bouncer and a swing, let alone what specific features we would want. So when a mom friend recommended we head to Walmart to build my registry together—because she found them to carry the trendy brands she loved AND make registering a breeze during her pregnancy—I leapt at the chance.

By walking through the aisles together and actually getting to see the products, I was much more confident in my registry selections. Thanks to that quick, in-store tutorial from my friend, I understood exactly how to match a perfect infant car seat with an extra base and stroller—which is something I would have been clueless about on my own.

Include items at a variety of price points

When it comes down to it, a registry is really a wish list. So, while I had a personal budget for a stroller if it had to come out of my own pocket, this was an opportunity for me to ask for the stroller of my dreams. And, wouldn't you know it? A few family members went in on it together, which made a bigger price tag much more manageable.

At the same time, it's nice to include some of the smaller ticket items that are absolutely essential. I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I was to skip buying my own diapers for those first few weeks. (With super cute patterns, these are also surprisingly fun to give, too!)

Think about the gifts you would like to give

The first time I bought a mom-to-be a gift after my own child was born, I knew immediately what to look for on her registry: a diaper bag backpack, which I had come to have very strong opinions about after battling falling straps with my first diaper bag. This allowed me to feel like I had a personal touch in my gift, even if I brought one pre-selected by her.

I also appreciate it when my friends clearly incorporate their style into their registry choices, like with adorable baby outfits or nursery decor—and there's no sweeter "thank you" than a picture from a friend showing your gift in use.

Ask for things to grow with your child

Even though it's called a baby registry, there's no need to limit yourself to gifts to use before their first birthday. (To this day, I still have people who attended my baby shower to thank for the convertible bed that my oldest child sleeps in!) Knowing that, I would have included more options with long lifespans into my registry—namely, a baby carrier that can be used during the newborn months, baby months and well into the toddler years. A well-designed baby carrier would have saved my back from serious pain because it would have allowed me to comfortably and ergonomically carry my toddler as she made her way into the 25lb+ club. One brand that's designed to grow with your baby and accommodates 7-45 pounds (up to about four years old) and offers both inward and forward-facing positions is Ergobaby. With several different design and style options, you can easily find one that caters to your parenting needs. From an all-in-one carrier, like the Omni 360, that grows with baby from the newborn stages into the toddler years or a newborn-specific carrier, like the Embrace (and don't worry you can later upgrade to a carrier for an older baby, I recommend the 360 Carrier). The best part? All ergonomic designs are supportive and comfortable for both baby and parent, offering extra lumbar support with breathable, lightweight mesh styles. Everyone (even grandparents!) can get a kick out of babywearing, which is a nice and welcomed break for parents. Having one of these on my registry would have certainly made those first few years so much easier.

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This article was sponsored by Ergobaby. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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