(Closed) Help calculating how many paper plates etc…for reception

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5498 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you have a brand in mind, find out how many are in each pack. Then devide the a50 by the amount in the pack, which should give you a rough number of what you need.


If one pack of paper plates has 30 in there it would be 150/30 = 5 packages. So then, if you wanted, you could buy an extra one to be on the safe side.

= ) You should be able to do this with everything.

Post # 4
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

If you buy from coscto or sams or whatever store of that sort is in your area.. you should be able to buy in bulk and save$$

Post # 5
1135 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would buy 1.75 times the number of people for dinner plates. So like 150 guests, buy 250. That way the people who want seconds can get a clean plate.I would do the same for utensils.

As far as cake plates, I would get about 175-200, so you have enough for everyone but a little bit of extra. You would need the same amount of forks for cake too, separately from the dinner utensils.

Regarding the napkins and cups, I would say at least 2x or 3x the number of people. I’ve seen that in a few places on here regarding napkins. But if people have 3 drinks, that could be three cups. Maybe even 4x for cups. So like 300-450 napkins and 450-600 for cups.

It seems like a lot, but take time to think how many plates and cups you personally go through at a BBQ or party and then multiply those numbers by the amount of people you are having. And don’t worry about having too many. You’ll have another party where you can use them again. Better to have too many than not enough.

Post # 6
1982 posts
Buzzing bee

Is it plated dinner or more like “serve yourself”? If it’s the latter, you’ll need at least three plates per person. Surprised me too when the caterer mentioned it.

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