Post # 1
We are having a buffet dinner of BBQ. Our wedding is at a ranch, sort of rustic, but not too casual. After reading this board, I have learned I should keep the plates stacked up near the buffet line. Makes sense I guess. We were not going to do glassware, as everyone would get their drinks from the bartender and bottled water will be in an ice-filled antique clawfoot tub near the bar. SO, I am worried the place settings will look bare without plates or glassware. Should I spring for cheap water glasses or mason jars? We don’t have table service, just bussing of dirty plates. So no one would be there to refill, but we could put water at the buffet station in pitchers or a dispenser? Help please, I don’t want this to feel like a company picnic! Thanks.
Post # 3
If you have bottled water and alcohol available from the bar (in some kind of glass i’m assuming) i think you’re ok. Otherwise, what’s the point for putting glasses on the tables? If you do, you could offer lemonade infusions
Post # 4
Id only put glasses on the table if you were doing water or something at the tables. Just put a napkin and silverware and it will look nice 🙂
Post # 5
I think you’ll be ok as long as there is a way to contain the drinks The tables should look ok without them being set
Post # 6
I think this sounds ok. I went to a wedding once that used plastic silverware and I was not a fan of that, too difficult to cut the meat, etc.
Post # 7
mason jars sound cute. I would put those cute drink dispensers close to the tables so people can refill their jars.
Post # 8
You could put the napkins at every seat and if you’re using silverware put that at each table as well if you’re worried about the tables looking too bare. Not to mention it’s less for people to carry back to their seats. It will look fine without glassware on the tables though so don’t stress out and overthink it!
Post # 9
Thanks everyone! Where are those fabulous dispensers from???
Post # 10
You’ll be fine without glassware. Place settings are a bit overrated. People just walk in, sit down, and mess them up anyway. (It used to drive me nuts when I catered).
But, if you decide to do mason jars, that could be really cute. They could also double as place cards — just tie on a cute tag around the rim (use twine or something that’s okay to get wet), or put on a sticker (and then no one would lose theirs; it doubles as a drink tag).
Post # 11
Those look like the Pottery Barn dispensers. Sooo pretty!