Post # 1
For my December wedding, our venue needs tablecloths and chair covers (chairs are yuck!). On our budget, we had planned on just using plastic dinner plates (of the semi-nice variety), and plastic silverware. How in the heck will this look on tablecloths? Suddenly I am stressing hard core! I know party stores and Oriental Trading Company have colored plates, but those seem rather floppy! I need your help!
Post # 3
Save on Crafts has clear glass plates 12 for$1.38 each
This is a beautiful way to use them- write the guest’s name on a paper doily and place under the clear glass plate- it does doubel duty as a placecard.
Smarty Had a Party also has plastic plates
Post # 4
I’m having tablecloths too, and also using platic plates, I plan on using the clear ones like PP posted, and I also plan on putting a doily underneath, but I didn’t think about writing names underneath, that is a very cute idea! I guess I never really considered that they are kinda mismatched levels of formality. I don’t think I would stress too much. Also, you can get the plastic silverware that looks like real silverware, so at least that would make it “look” better, ya know?
Post # 5
If you are set on doing the disposable route, I would check out a restaurant supply store like Cash and Carry (only in the NW). I know that I have seen nicer looking disposable silverware that looks like it is made out of bamboo or ones that are silver (although I personally don’t like the sliver ones) at these stores. It would probably be best to invest in sturdy plates like chinet or something so people aren’t spilling everywhere. You will save money if you go somewhere you buy in bulk or read the couponing blogs and you can score plates for really cheap with a coupon, espeically with picnic season coming up.
If you are at all interested in buying real stuff, it might be cheaper than you think because you can sell whatever you buy after the wedding and get some of the money back, but it is definitely more work. The dollar store sells plates ($1/piece obviously).They have white or some fun colors if any of them go with your color scheme.
I bought my silverware at Cost Pluson sale with a coupon:
The other option would be to not put the plates and silverware on the tables at all. If you are having a buffet, just have people pick them up at the buffet and they won’t effect your tablescape before dinner. People won’t even notice what the plates look like when they are covered with food. You can also roll the silverware in napkins so that people won’t see them until they are eating.