(Closed) Catering stress

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 4
Member
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Often when you rent dishes you don’t realy have to wash them.  Each time I’ve rented, you’ve just had to scrape the larger scraps off and stick them back in the bins and they wash them at the rental place.  If you’re already hiring people to bus, they could probably also scrape and bin them.

Post # 5
Hostess
8577 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

They have some disposable china-look plates.. they are actually really nice, and I doubt anyone will care what they are eating off of, unless they are styrofoam.

We are doing our buffet ourself, we are hiring a day-of help though, to restrock/replenish the buffet, candy buffet & do other odd jobs.

Post # 7
Hostess
8577 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@vanessa7:  bbq + buffet is already pretty casual.. i don’t think adding china or fancy plates will make it look more “elegant”, but that’s just my opinion.

Post # 8
Member
4240 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

@vanessa7:  The places where you hire plates often have an option to send it back dirty and they wash it. I’d rent glasses too. My little brother served at a wedding aged 18 and was paid around $50 for the night.

Post # 9
Hostess
8577 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
Post # 13
Hostess
8577 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@vanessa7:  I understand that. We are doing a romantic/rustic theme, but we refuse to use mason jars!

We got very hard plastic plates that look like china.. looking at them you can’t tell they are plastic, until you pick them up. But nobody will remember what they feel like, I just want nice pictures.

I paid 39 cents for each dinner plate, 19 cents for each salad plate, for 25 cents for each soup bowl.

Post # 15
Member
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@vanessa7:  When I rented them you didn’t even have to rinse.  Just if people left like half their chicken parm on the plate, you had to scrape off the big chunks that would make it so the plates woudn’t stack.  If somebody ate their entire BBQ sandwich and salad, and there were just small crumbs and salad dressing remnants left behind, nothing required.  Just into the bin.

Post # 16
Member
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I went the full service route because I do not want to hassle with anything.  They are providing plates, silverware, glasses, bar, bartender, servers, cake cutting, linens, tables, chairs.  You name it.  One stop shopping.  Saved us a lot of time and they got better rates for us than if we had priced it out ourselves.

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