(Closed) Buffett Style

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 16
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1125 posts
Bumble bee

dee424:  

Ask your daughter then! She may tell you she prefers the disposable. And just as a note, you CAN rent plates for probably 40 cents a piece. It’s actually cheaper to go that route. The only thing is youd have to have them all cleaned..which would be annoying, and thus why we didn’t do that. 

Post # 17
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

dee424:  My Fiance and I have had quite a discussion about disposables. I am first generation Mexican and I have NEVER been to a Quince or Wedding or Bautiso or anything that DIDN’T use disposable plates. So I am all for it because my family would definitely not turn their nose up on the plates, they’re more concerned with whats on the plates. 

It really depends on how you and your guests feel. In my Mexican American experience I’d go with the disposables- cheap, easy cleanup, no broken plates. 

That being said, for my wedding we are probably going to get the real stuff from the caterer. #Compromises lol

Post # 18
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Helper bee

MelissainNC:  I wanted china but it actually DOES end up being much more. On paper, before taxes/etc. it looks fine, maybe a couple dollars more per plate BUT what gets you is the labor. They have to add extra people/labor for delivering/setting up/packing up/washing all the china which equaled out to 1500$ more than disposables which is why, even though I hate it, I have to have disposables.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee

My suggestion would be to use plates from smartyhadaparty but use real silverware and glasses. You can get plain stainless silverware from sams club or a restaurant supply store for less than $0.10 each and glassware from a rental company isn’t crazy expensive if you’re only getting water glasses (bar ware is what gets $$$). That way you’re saving costs, it’ll still look nice and you don’t lose the functionality like you would with using plastic utensils.

Post # 20
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Bumble bee

SoonToBeMrs.MdN:  

Yep, exactly. I’m not Mexican, I’m Puerto Rican, but I live in California and most of my friends are Mexican. Every party/wedding/gathering of more than 15 people uses disposables. It’s definitely a cultural thing, and I know most Americans would prefer china, but I care more about the food than the plate (granted, Fiance and I aren’t fancy people to begin with).

Post # 21
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239 posts
Helper bee

dee424:  Google diposable plates that look real. We are using heavy duty plastic plates/silver that looks like China, with mason jars for our buffet. there are lots of unwritten ‘rules’ for a wedding but I do what I want haha 🙂

if you think disposable will go well in yours, I recommend the super heavy duty stuff. 

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I was at a wedding this past summer that used disposable bamboo plates that were eco-friendly and it wasn’t tacky by any stretch of the imagination.  

Bamboo Plates

 

 

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

dee424: I think you mean smart casual, if you’re going with disposables. I’m sure the quince will be lovely regardless. Semi-formal hosting is still a fairly formal standard of hosting. It’s just not as formal as white tie, black tie, or formal. 

Post # 24
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I would not care what the food is on as long as it is deliciou!!

 

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

califlorican:  Those are the same plates we used at our wedding buffet and they looked great, were sturdy, and were easy cleanup for my coordinator. We also used the silver plastic ware. We had the venue for 8 hours, but allotted 3 hours for setup so there wasn’t much time to be dealing with real dishes since everything had to be cleaned up within the 8 hour timeframe.

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