Post # 1
I need some advice for my upcoming backyard reception. We are having a family style potluck gathering in our garden on a Saturday afternoon/evening and expecting up to 60 guests. I’m renting round tables, chairs linens and table runners. I considered renting china but we wouldn’t be able to take them back until Monday. THe rental place just requires rinsing off food but they don’t have to be washed. The idea of having dishes sit around for over a day after our receptions sounds gross. Since it’s a casual reception, I considered getting good paper plates, the ones that are biodegradable. My question is: Is it tacky to have paper plates with cloth napkins? Should I just go for paper napkins? PS: I need to add that we don’t have a dishwasher!
Post # 3
Personally, if you want disposable plates the glass looking plastic kind look 100x nicer than paper. And paper plates and cloth napkins seems really odd to me. The website smarty had a party has lots of great looking disposable dishes that aren’t too exspensive.
Post # 4
I’m having those really nice, thick, biodegradable plates, and then I’m doing cloth napkins. I see no reason why it would be bad! I don’t think anyone will notice but you and the people you voice your concerns to.
Post # 5
I think paper plates and cloth napkins seems weird together, but like
@chasesgirl said, there are some really nice disposables out there, in which case it might not be weird.
Post # 6
For a barbeque, I really don’t think most people will care about the plate. I do think they wll care about the napkin and will be so appreciative of a cloth napkin if you have them- something not too fancy of course. They are just so much easier to use and don’t fall apart with the sauce etc.
If you want to have the rental plates, I would do that in a heartbeat. You simply stack them back in the racks they come in, slip them inside a garbage bag and twist tie it shut. No fuss, no muss, no smell. It wouldn’t bother me a bit to have them wait like that until Monday.
Post # 7
I appreciate all the input. I’d prefer the biodegradable plates over the clear plastic ones because I’m not sure if the plastic ones can be recycled. I also like the idea of just bagging the dishes, hadn’t thought about that. I guess what it’ll come down to is price and convenience. The rental place is only minutes away from our house. In terms of the cloth napkins, I was just going to order plain white ones. They’d be easier to wash. Will let you know what I decide to do.
Post # 8
I’m doing it. We have the heavy paper plates that look nice, and blue cloth napkins.
Post # 9
Check with your vendor, but I’m pretyt sure they’ll supply thte bags and containers for you to stack and bag your used dishes.
Post # 10
@39bride: But if I rent regular plates, I’d also have to rent silverwear and that’s an added cost. Another reason why I’d prefer paper plates is because if anyone wants to get seconds, they can do so and get a clean, new plate rather than reusing their plate. Just a thought.