Post # 1
In order to cut down on rental costs, I’m going to be purchasing bamboo-ware disposable plates, and cheap stainless steel utensils to wash and resell after the wedding. My dilemma though, is how many utensils do I need for each person?
We’re having a buffet style meal with cornbread, green salad, grilled veggies, and choice of rotisserie chicken or pulled pork. We’re also serving cake.
I was thinking of just getting knives and forks, then having dessert forks available for the cake. Is this sufficient? Do I need to include a salad fork or spoon?
I know this is a silly question but I’m totally clueless on how to set a table. I don’t want to buy stuff thats unnecessary that people won’t use, but I don’t want to have an incomplete table setting.
Post # 3
I think if the salad is on the buffet, I wouldn’t worry about a salad fork, since everyone will just use the same fork for all the dinner items. If the salad is being served separately, then I would consider getting salad forks, since people often forget to keep the fork for the next course (the buffet, in your case).
Looking at your menu, I don’t think you’d need spoons for anything. The only thing I could think of is if you were serving coffee/hot tea, and wanted people to have a spoon for stirring. Your place setting ideas look good to me!
Post # 4
More than you think you will need. Some utensils will fall on the floor, others won’t get to use their silverware because someone else picks it up and takes to the kitchen. The last wedding I went to, no one used knives or spoons. They had stirring straws to mix in cream and sugar in coffee. But they actually ran out of forks before the cake was cut. Have a complete set with knives and spoons because you never know what you will need and it’s better to have something on hand and not use it than to not have it at all when you need it.
Post # 5
Thanks for the advice! I think I’ll just get dinner forks and knives for the place setting, dessert forks for cake, and then just make sure I have extras on hand in case people drop theirs.