Post # 1
My family and I are putting together and striking the reception ourselves. To make things easier, the decision was made to use disposable plates and glasses. I wanted real ones, but I can’t have everything, and this will save us the problem of renting or washing the dishes and finding places to store them afterwards.
I’ve decided to use Bambu veneerware plates and utensils, but I am having a hard time finding nice looking cups to go with them. Too bad no one makes plastic stemless wine flutes- they’d get a lot of business from me! Disposable cups and the word "tacky" go hand in hand, but I’m trying my hardest to stay away from that. Does anyone have any suggestions on nice looking plain glasses/cups? Especially wine glasses- those are are so hard to find! Environmentally friendly types are a plus, too! So far, I’ve found…
Post # 3
You should try doing a google search for "plastic stemware". I know that Smart and Final, and BevMo sell plastic champagne flutes and they look good. Try Costco maybe. As far as environmentally friendly, that might be a bit of a challenge.
Post # 4
Just a caution about the plastic stemware – we have bought several kinds, including reusable Lexan stemware, to take camping. It’s really lightweight. Not as in not durable, as in gets really topheavy and easy to spill when you put actual wine in the glasses. I don’t think we’re abnormally klutzy, but after dumping almost $100 worth of nice cabernet into the dirt in less than an hour, we went back to the fabulous blue enamel coffee mugs. So possibly just a nice, clear plastic tumbler is better.
Post # 5
Ikea has glasses ranging from $1.99 up on their website. I’m sure they’d go quickly if you garage-saled them after your wedding! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/rooms/dining/10592/ I also just found a standard glass on there for .59 each, the Pokal glass. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80081733
It looks like you can only buy them in the store, but I just looked at your profile and they have one in Orlando, so you could go every now and then and stockpile if you chose this route.
Post # 6
Thanks for the tips! I like clear plastic tumblers- as long as they’re not of the ribbed look, I think they look fine and simple.
Alli- I love IKEA, and I’m so glad they’ve opened one in my town! I got all of my candles there the other weekend. I’ve had them on my mind as a glasses source if I do end up buying real ones. If anything, washing just glasses after the wedding would be much better than washing those AND plates.
Post # 7
I think Alli has a terrific idea. It may be cheaper to buy all reusable dishes and glasses. Have cardboard boxes hidden under the tables or something, and when you strike, just put everything (dirty) into the boxes, and have 10 good friends/family members each take home one box and wash it for you (as a wedding gift!) and then, a few weeks after the wedding, start selling it on craigslist, ebay, etc. Good luck.
Post # 8
I second Alli’s idea of buying your glasses at Ikea. We did this just to have glasses around for house parties because I really don’t like serving drinks in plastic cups. We bought the Reko glasses, 2.99 for 6.
They are kind of on the small side but a great deal. If you wanted to keep them to use later, I’d suggest keeping the boxes they come in, it makes them much easier to store.
Post # 9
My brother and SIL found it was less expensive to buy champagne and wine glasses from Bed bath and beyond (12 for $10). So for on the table/toasting they set those and people kept using them if that was what they were drinking.
If not, they used nicer end plastic cups (dishwasher safe, etc) for bar drinks/beer after dinner.
We are going the same route and using their leftover glasses (it was 7 years ago and my mother still has 10 boxes in the basement).
We are ordering the bar/after dinner cups from http://www.paperhouseonline.com (the frost-flex style)
Our friends used them and put funny movie quotes on them. They were high quality and not cheap looking at all.
Post # 10
NiftyBa, our venue does not allow real china or glasses so we are using the Bambu plates as well (our caterer was going to supply acrylic plates but we like the Bambu plates better so we are suppling those ourselves). Where are you getting yours? Since you can have real glass, check out Target. They have party packs of gibson dishes and wine glasses on clearance for about $8 for 12 wine glasses.
Post # 11
OooOo, speaking of Target: they have Target brand bamboo plates as well! I was pretty psyched to see those last weekend. They were 8 plates for $8.99, compared to about 8 for $10 usually. I was thinking of buying them either Target brand or at Joanne Hudson. It’s hard to find a good price on those suckers, since everyone’s got pretty much the same price (a bulk pack of 100 11" plates are about $127).
Guiness257- that site was cool! Your friends’ idea was fun!