Post # 1
For those of you Bees that have done the mismatched china at your reception I have a few questions. We are doing a buffet dinner with served salad and dessert. I am having a gourmet coffee/tea station – all vintage/shabby chic.
My question is this: how did all the logistics work out?
We started collecting teacups, linen napkins, and small side plates from thrifts/craigslist. I was wondering if we should just use the white full size plates offered by the country club or start the project of looking for the big plates. Do the caterers normally prefer to use their own standard size large plates for everything? When you do a buffet dinner do the caterers normally just have plates at the buffet line or do people bring them up from their tables? Without a “served” dinner would there be any needs for anything other than a decorative charger on the table? We could then just layer the side plate, saucer teacup off to the side of each setting. Didn’t want to bite off more than I can chew – you know?
I was thinking of layering the small plates, saucers, and then teacups on top of the white country club plates for the initial table setting at the wedding. Would love to search for gold flatware and pretty colored glass, but again, I would be biting off too much for 175 people.
Here is what we have after one weekend:
38 small plates
16 floral linen napkins
Hope this makes sense – please help!
Post # 3
I like the idea of using their white plates just because its easier. I would worry about how the plates would stack if they aren’t a matching set. Also it seems like a lot of the plates you have are somewhat busy (in a good way) so the white plates will be a sort of break for the eye.
What are you going to do with all of the plates after the wedding?
Post # 4
I am in Cleveland, Ohio and as far as I know there is not currently a Northeast Ohio vintage rental store. After the wedding I will be finishing my Masters and probably start some kind of wedding rental company in the Cleveland, Akron, Columbus area on the side (I am now a Bank Manager). I would love to potentially go into the wedding planning business.
I am LOVING shopping for all of these items and this would give me an excuse to keep looking. I am sure the nicest of the bunch I will probably save for myself and my fiance as a keepsake. I love throwing dinner parties and we will probably use them when having guests over.
Post # 5
There is quite the debate about whether or not plates for a buffet dinner should be placed at the table settings. Some people think it is inappropriate to ask guests to carry their plate to the buffet. I really don’t see it as a big deal as they will be carrying it back from the buffet. If I placed the white plates on the table, I would stack the small (bread and butter) plate on top.
A compromise could be leaving the white plates at the buffet and using a charger at the table.This look with clear glass plates used as chargers atop a doily serves a double function as a placecard and would go well with mismatched china.In this case,I would not stack the small plate. I would place it to the left as a bread plate and place the cup and suaer in the normal spot.
Post # 6
Thank you @julies1949! I love the idea of the glass charger, white doily. I was thinking of placing the small plate on top the white and still getting that mismatched feel. My mom said they will most likely keep the white plates up at the buffet. We also talked abou the fact that we are having the gourmet coffee/tea station (think chocolate shavings, lemon, mismatched creamers, cinnamon sticks, teabags, etc) and we may stack up the mismatched teacups there. But I want that mismatched look on the tables and wonder if it would be a problem to just have people bring their coffee cups up with them. I am making a list of questions for a meeting with the country club next week.
Post # 7
I like the idea of using the mismatched china plates on the table for an aesthetic reason. Or like someone else said I charger. I would leave the plate off to the side to and maybe put the favor or napkin or something on top of the plate. Or a menu if you’re doing those. (I think they’re un necessary, but some people love them) Or to save the hastle you could do just a doily there and have the white plates at the buffet. I don’t know if this was helpful or more confusing lol.
Post # 8
We are having mismatched china with our reception, too! We are in the process of collecting 400 place settings – and we’re up to 250 or so! Its definitely possible… youll just be visiting a lot of antique and thrift stores haha…
We are also having a buffet and the plates layered on the table. I think we are going to have the salad preset… So I’ll have a charger, dinner plate, then salad plate/bowl with salad. In theory, when the guests finish their salad, the wait staff will pick up those plates and the guest can take their plate to the buffet. We’re using the bread plates for cake plates. I havent decided what to do with the cups and saucers yet.
Some of the PPs have good ideas too – the white plate would anchor the china to the table… that is what I am going to try to accomplish with the charger plates.
What are your plans with the linens? I think Im going to go on a floral overload though… PM me!
Post # 9
I have come across a number of rental companies that offer mismatched china, glassware, linens, and silver. Luckily, my fiance’s family is good friends with a lovely lady who has collected mismatched china over the years. We are able to use her dishes for the reception, and then I have rented the silver, glassware, and napkins.
We are also serving dinner buffet style, so I wasn’t sure how to set up the dinner plates. I want the table to be set with the mismatched dinner plates. The lady suggested having clear (disposable) plates at the buffet. Then the guests can get their food, find their place, and set the clear plate on top of the dinner plate. The china dinner plate would serve as a charger basically, and there’s no worry about people picking up their plates and bringing them to the buffet line.
Our wedding is in the fall so we are doing a cocktail hour with hot apple cider, hard cider, and sangria. We will use the teacups and saucers here, as well as some wine glasses. We will use the bread plates for the appetizers. We will use the dessert plates for the cake (they will be stacked.) We are serving soup at dinner, but neither my friend nor the rental company had china soup bowls so I had considered getting disposable china-look bowls, but then the company we are renting linens from showed us some punch glasses that are the perfect size. They have a small handle, so guests can “sip” their soup, the glass allows the pretty fall colors of pumpkin or butternut squash show through, and the size is perfect…not too small (like shot glass samplers) and not too big (a bowl).
Anyway…I’m curious to hear your thoughts and ideas on the clear disposable plate option!!!
Post # 10
PS: If you are collecting the china yourself, great places to look are: Goodwill, thrift shops, antique stores, flea markets, Craigslist, eBay, and even Etsy. On Craigslist, you can post a “Wanted” ad as well as peruse the “For Sale” section. Also, discount retailers like Ross, TJMaxx, Home Goods, etc. often carry affordable sets and pieces.
Post # 11
@willwork4shoes: That is a really good idea to have the vintage china serve as a charger essentially and then have the clear glass plates at the buffet for the food!!! I wouldve never thought about that!