(Closed) Plates/cups for hors d’oeuvre reception on a budget

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

For an hors d’oeurves reception, paper/disposable plates are your best bet. Real plates will get very heavy holding them after a few minutes, never mind the duration of the reception. This is from personal experience. I attended an appetizer party awhile back where everyone was given regular china plates to use (most people were required to stand the whole time) and they got so heavy after a few minutes that the majority didn’t even use them for the rest of the party.

You will need at least 2-3 disposable glasses per person, in case anything happens to them. Even if you had real glasses, you would not use one per person for every single drink they consume.

Post # 4
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m doing something similar, and arrived at the conclusion that renting was easier and a little nicer. My reasoning:

– people are less likely to need a second plate if china plate

– plastic wine glasses aren’t cheap, and having a stem does add to the feel

– reusing a glass will work 90% of the time, because people (especially in your situation) stick to one drink

I would suggest putting the plates on the table ala buffet. I would also recommend renting a couple extra of each type of glass for the few people who will change. I think you can do a wine glass and a highball, even if you go with beer. So for 75 guests, I would get 50 or so wine, 50 highball. Rent more like 50/80 if it is a longer even, as there will be switching to non-alcoholic.

Post # 5
1765 posts
Buzzing bee

Hi the 7.5 inch plates that you were thinking of getting are on http://www.smartyhadaparty.com for a little less, and even if you have to order more than 180 you can do it -I think you can order another small order too.  They have all kinds of supplies.  I would also check DollarTree.com  I piciked up plain plastic 6″ plates for cake last year 8 or 10 to a package for $1.00–I would look if they have something what you are looking for too.  Good luck!  Rhonda

Post # 6
1981 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m doing bamboo plates that are disposible for my hors d’oeuvres reception. they recommend you have 3-5 per person for an event like this, just an FYI.

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