(Closed) Disposable China … anyone using it?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I will be using disposable china and silverware.  It really is heavy thick hard plastic and mine that I got has a gold strip around the edge.  I got mine form Costco and I believe that it was 25 dinner plates and 25 salad plates in a pack for about $15 dollars.  While I would love to use real china the cost would be only a little more, but with 100 guest that would be a whole lot of dish washing and lets not even get started about how much it cost if one were to break.

Post # 5
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179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

My sister used the stuff from Costco – word of warning the plates were fine, but the forks aren’t any stronger than regular plastic forks.  A couple at our table broke – so keep in mind what your serving (pasta/ salmon fine, steak not so much) and maybe have extras available.

Otherwise, they look pretty good.

Post # 7
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2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m not familiar with disposible china, but depending on how you feel about everything matching what we’re doing might work for you. 

My Fiance and I have been hitting up our local thrift stores and buying up any cool plates we can find.  Some of them aren’t very interesting or pretty but others look like they could belong to grandma.  So far they’ve been ranging from $0.25 to $1 a piece, which isn’t as cheap as plastic, but it’s more environmentally friendly and we’ll be donating the majority back when we’re done with them.  Hooray for charity donations and tax write offs!  Actually, a lot of them are cool enough we’re thinking we’re going to donate the plates we have now and keep the best ones after the wedding! 

Oh, and unless your wedding is really huge, I don’t think you’ll have too many problems finding enough.  We’re collecting 225 and we’ve bought almost half of them so far in just two days of looking!  (Not to mention this is in Cheyenne, WY and Fort Collins, CO of all places.  We haven’t even had to hit up Denver yet!) 

Two more tips, avoid Antique stores, you want Thrifters and tell the people there about your wedding and what you’re doing.  So far we’ve gotten some pretty decent discounts as a "wedding gift" when we’ve told them what we’re looking for and that we’ll be back to buy a bunch more.  (One place we bought $10 worth of silverware which was priced at a whopping $1 per dozen plus a dozen plates and we basically ended up getting the plates for free!)

Also, I think we’ll be using biodegradable "chinet" plates for cake. 

Not sure if that’s very helpful to you or not, but I hope it gives you some ideas!

Post # 9
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371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We are using the stuff from Costco also, I really would prefer to use real stuff, but our wedding is so casual and rustic that I think it would be more of a pia to have to worry about transporting and washing all of the dishes.

Post # 10
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2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Sorry, I know this probably doesn’t help you too much but I’m so excited I had to share!  I just got a text from my Fiance and ARC thrift store is going to sell him 100 plates for $0.79 each!  Assuming there are 100 good plates, that makes 225 dishes from 6 stores in 3 days! 

SO much better than renting blah white plates for $1 a piece and hoping we don’t break any because there’s a $20 replacement fee!

Ok, I promise I’ll quit hijacking your thread now…

Post # 12
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453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We are using disposable china. I got it from a local distributor in the "convenient entertaining pack"-its where caterers shop-of 100 per pack. It is very heavy, clear plastic. Some had silver around the edge, some had gold, we went with clear bc my brunch reception is "shabby chic", I didn’t really want anything else to compete with the mixed florals, linens, crystal & silver. I got dinner plates, dessert plates, white "dinner" napkins, and yes, plastic cups. YEP! The are clear, just like the Solo drink cups you get at the grocery store. In the end I decided that it wasn’t worth my sanity if something got broken-of the 114-140 some on our guest list-36 of them are children…’nuf said! 🙂 I also didn’t want to either have to pay someone to run the dishwasher if we used our churches china (which is a rather attractive bone colored china) or have either family have to do it after we left the reception. I did get "catering" quality flatware that is really pretty thick and sturdy-but then again, we’re having ham & brunch food so I don’t know that it makes that much of a difference.

Post # 14
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290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Our caterer had disposable china and they worked out great for our budget reception. You couldn’t even tell it was plastic until you held it in your hand. The silverware was awesome because you couldn’t tell they were plastic either until you picked them up.

Post # 15
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310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I hate to go on an environmental kick, but……. 

I don’t know if you have looked into renting plates and glasses but I have rented some in the past for large parties and most of the rental places will drop it off to you in crates and all you have to do is take it out of the crates and put it back in afterwards – no need to even wash it (as the rental company does that with their industrial dishwashers.

It may be easier and cheaper than you thought and much more environmentally friendly! 🙂

Post # 16
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510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m using disposable…I would hate to have my family members running around afterwards trying to collect dishes…I was looking for a site that has them and I found this https://www.partyatlewis.com/index.html  they give discounts if you buy in bulk but I may go with costco because that sounds cheaper…

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