(Closed) Cloth napkins with plastic silverware?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Would you find it odd to have cloth napkins with plastic cutlery and plates?

    I would find it very tacky.

    I'd just use paper napkins with plastic cutlery.

    As long as the plasticware looks nice I wouldn't mind.

    I'm a caveman and I don't use silverware anyway.

  • Post # 2
    739 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    This is just an idea but we’re going to use palmleaf dinnerware because it’s compostable and also still very pretty. I think it looks better with cloth linen than plastic personally, I’ve seen great wedding pics. Obviously it depends on your overall look if thatd work tho. Anyway besides that, I guess it wont look terrible though plastics can be hit or miss. Do they look more like china or obvious plastic? I’ve seen some from Macy’s that look pretty realistic.

    Post # 3
    5408 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I don’t see a picture, but we did wooden utensils and pink and white striped paper napkins tied with gold and cream baker’s twine. I stamped ‘Just Married’ on the handles and everyone loved them. We rented gold and white china and linen tablecloths. We had an afternoon backyard cake and champagne reception (we also had salad and finger sandwiches for lunch) so it didn’t seem out of place 🙂  I think in your case the cloth napkins might be kind of odd with so much plastic BUT at least with linen tablecloths they won’t be the only non-disposible item. I think it depends on the overall feel of your reception, your menu, and your venue. I also suggest dinnerware made from palm leaves. I really wanted to do that, but it was just too expensive to ship them to Canada 🙁


    Post # 4
    47430 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would be happy to see a fabric napkin, rather than paper.

    Post # 5
    2170 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I think it would be fine. There is some really nice looking plastic silverware out there as well so I think you would be ok doing this. Like julies1949 said, I also like fabric over paper in my napkins. 

    Post # 7
    9144 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    lightpainter:  I’m a savage, I don’t like cloth napkins. I deal with them at nice restaurants and fancy occasions though. But if it’s casual enough for plasticware, I would think it was really odd to have cloth napkins. Or conversely, if it was nice enough for cloth napkins, I’d think it was weird to have plasticware. It would probably be  momentary and I’d get over it quickly.

    Post # 8
    7887 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Having the cloth napkins at the table but the plastic cutlery at the buffet could be ok. I was envisioning wrapping the plasticware in the cloth napkins, and that didn’t match for me. 

    Post # 9
    739 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

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    sugarpea:  your stamped silverware is so cute, great idea!

    Post # 11
    62 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

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    sugarpea :  where did you gt the napkins and utensils?

    Post # 12
    152 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    No to plastic silverware. It’s so hard to use and tends to be on the tacky side. I just ordered all my forks and knives from here and they are dirt cheap: 


    ps. We’re also using palm leaf plates and I love them! Looks so nice and perfectly matches our backyard cocktail party vibe.

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