Love ’em or Leave ’em Party Trends: Paper Straws

Paper Straw Party Trend

Party trends come and they go— some are classic, and others are fads. Thinking through the many trends that I play around with or decide to leave out of my events, I came up with the following series.

Love ’em or Leave ’em Party Trends

I’ll feature a different party trend every so often and share my thoughts on the trend. Then, I’d like to hear whether you LOVE them or would rather do without. Each month I’ll throw all of the commenters names in a pot from all of the Love ’em or Leave ’em comments and choose one winner who will get their choice of the party trends. So, let me know in the comments about your true feelings of these party trends for a chance to win your favorite of them all. 

Paper Straw Party Trend

Paper Straws

Do you Love ’em or Leave ’em?

Reason I Love Them:  Paper straws are super cute. I love the instant style that they can give a drink. I also love how they can be utilized in so many different ways. They needn’t be straws at all—but instead a cute party decor in the form of a garland,  cake bunting, or a drink flag. I like that they come in different colors, and different designs.

Reason I’d Leave Them: They are super, duper impractical! Have you ever drank out of a paper straw? Yep, sorta tastes like paper. The longer a paper straw sits in the liquid the more icky and squishy they get. Even the really good ones that have a nice waxiness that keeps them from disintegrating give a different taste/feel after sitting too long in liquid. Maybe I’m just picky?

Overall…I’d vote for loving them. I will likely use them for other forms of decoration rather than drinking straws for most of my parties. But, darn it, sometimes you just want to elevate a drink in a way that only a paper straw can do.

Your turn… do you love ’em or leave ’em? And, why?

Comment below for a chance to win one of the featured “Love ’em or Leave ’em Party Trends” this month!

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    I’ve never used them for that exact reason – mushy paper in your drink?
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    1. Jenni

      Kayla! Random.Org picked your comment as the WINNER! I’ll be emailing you soon about your prize!
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    i love them, but they are definitely more of a eye pleasing addition as opposed to practical.
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    • Carol McDonald
    • November 5, 2013

    I would love them…but not to drink out of! I came from the generation that invented the darn things and I didn’t like to drink out of them when I was a kid. But, I would love them for the decorations and fun things you can do with them for a party.

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    I love them! I have used them for every party I’ve hosted for about a year. 🙂

  4. I’d use them for photo shoots, haha! I do love the look, they’re just so cute when used in decor (that garland you linked is really cool), but yeah, not so practical for actual drinking.
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    Leave ’em! I decided this after Portland Cocktail Week. A few bartenders used them with drinks and like you say, it made the drink taste like paper. They’re not great for drinks (like a cocktails) with layered/multiple flavors.

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    I love them so much! But, you are right: they are more for decoration than for practical, actual drinking. I just got some new ones for the holidays, in fact!
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    Ha! This is a super funny series! They are super cute but I’ve never used one, they do seem a little impractical. Probably a trend that will fade or come and go, like ikat or zigzags?

    Look forward to reading your take on other party fads, too!
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