Sometimes, you just don’t have enough plates or silverware for all your Thanksgiving guests. Instead of limiting the number of guests based on how much china you have, it’s okay to buy disposable — if you do it responsibly.

Here are seven options that can end up in the compost pile instead of the landfill after your feast is done.

VerTerra Disposable Dinnerware– I can attest to the compostability of this dinnerware made from leaves because I’ve composted it myself. These biodegradable plates, bowls and serving platters are a warm brown color that will look nice on a Thanksgiving table. 

Chinet Classic White or Casuals – Another disposable plate that has been in my own compost bin, these plates are made from recycle material and are compostable. They are also fairly inexpensive and can be found in most grocery stores. I like to buy these for dessert plates even when I’m using the good china. It gives my husband a break form washing even more dishes after the dinner dishes are done.

Spudware Compostable Cutlery – Heavyweight knives, forks and spoons made from 80 percent potato starch and 20 percent natural fillers (usually soy) that will biodegrade in your compost pile within 180 days. Make sure you buy extra forks for dessert.

Wasara Compostable Wine Cups– Made from bagasse (sugar cane fiber), bamboo, and reed pulp, these stemless wine cups are biodegradable and compostable in your home compost system. They're elegant, too, aren't they?

World Centric Bagasse/Wheat Grass Plates– These plates are soak proof, but the website does say that hot items will cause the plate to “perspire” and some condensation will build on the bottom. They should compost in your home composter in 90 days.

Caspari Paper Linen Cloth – This cloth (shown in natural but other colors are available at the website) is dyed with nontoxic, water-soluble dyes. It measures 5’ x 8’ – a nice size for a paper tablecloth that doesn’t necessarily look like a paper tablecloth.

Natural Value Recycled Dinner Napkins – These 100-percent recycled, 2-ply paper napkins are dye-, ink-, bleach- and fragrance-free so you can throw them in the compost pile without anything undesirable leaching in your compost.  

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Compostable tableware for Thanksgiving dinner
7 compostable dinnerware options so you can entertain responsibly.