Easter, Mother's Day, baby showers, birthday parties — spring party season is definitely near! While our must-haves include a cute cake or bold floral decor, we're always looking for quick and easy ways to be smarter party hosts. Our favorite tip right now? Swapping your silverware for paperware.
Sure, paper plates, cups, and cutlery were once considered to be a "kids-party-only" option, but they've since gotten a sweet and serious upgrade. (Plus, they save on major clean-up time.) Lately, we're obsessing over lifestyle guru Whitney Port's latest line with do-good party supply designers, Cheeky. We caught up with Port about her new collection, supporting a good cause, and the one thing she does to win over party guests.
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The new line is so fun! Tell us what inspired your designs?
I wanted it to have a cool Cali vibe so there's definitely a floral element, fruit elements, and tropical elements. There's also a cute plate with an abstract leopard pattern. Everything is really perfect to mix and match too!
It's for a good cause! Tell us about that.
For every purchase from the line, Cheeky will donate a meal to Feeding America. One in eight Americans feels some sort of food insecurity where they don't know when their next meal is coming. So, we're working with Feeding America to help provide meals for those in need.
That's so great. If you're going to be buying party goods to entertain, you may as well buy one that gives back!
Yes, exactly! Every package provides one meal.
What are your best tips for being a good hostess?
For me, it's making your guests comfortable. Like, we'll serve buffet style because we want our guests to eat when they want to eat and party when they want to party! I also usually make some sort of cheese plate — they're a crowd favorite!
Find the exclusive Whitney Port for Cheeky collection in Target stores nationwide starting March 26.
Planning a party? Watch how to make your own one-of-a-kind paper decorations: