Post # 1
Has anybody used “nice” plastic cups for their reception? We are planning on having ~80 people for an Italian buffet dinner and serving red/white wine, sangria, ice tea, and bottled beer. I’m guessing each guest should have access to 3-4 glasses but I have no idea! I originally wanted to rent or purchase glassware but now I don’t think we will be able to work that into the budget. The pictures on smartyhadaparty.com, where I’m getting my linens etc, look nice but do plastic glasses look anything like that in person? Any ideas?
Post # 3
Is it a casual wedding outside? If so I think the plastic is fine. If not, I’d probably skip it and go for glassware.
Post # 4
Not casual, but not black tie fancy. Glassware would be great if we had the $ but we really don’t have enough for that many real glasses. I’d really like to find some good looking plastic, or glass that is cheap enough. I wish someone had pictures because I’m sure I’m not the only one to think about using plastic cups! I guess our guests love us enough to forgive us for the tackiness. =(
Post # 5
I have never ordered from Smarty Had a Party, but I did get plastic wine glasses from Party City and if they are the type that require assembly, I found that the bottom can sometimes come off. I thought they looked nice though, so maybe just try to find glasses that are all one piece.
If you did want to do real glasses, I found this set at Bed Bath and Beyond:
They are normally $9.99 for 12, but if you have a 20% coupon, they are only $8 for 12 glasses, or 66 cents per glass….
There is also filmorecontainer.com. You may be able to order a case of mason jars from them that can be used as glasses, kind of like this. Their prices are very reasonable and they are great to work with.
They may come out to a similar price as you would be paying for plastic…. Just an idea!!!!
Good luck in whatever you end up going with 🙂
Post # 6
Check out http://www.smartyhadaparty.com. They have great prices and alot of it looks like china. We were thinking of going that route but ended up renting instead.
EDIT: Sorry I just reread your post. I did not use them but no someone that did and they thought they looked great.
Post # 7
I think it’s a lot of waste. I also think you can find “real” options that come in at a similar price point.
Post # 8
Thanks so much for the help! Those Bed Bath & Beyond glasses look great and are cheaper than what I’ve been able to find for wine glasses. I’ll just keep looking for regular glasses as well, found a set of 16 for $10 on BB&B too which might work. I would be interested in renting, but unfortunately I don’t have enough people to take care of them after the wedding. Plus I’m scared somebody will break them since we’re having to allow family children.