We are using disposables! The heavy clear lunch/dinner plates that have some heft to them, and also the plastic that looks like silverware flatware. I just didn’t want the hassle of picking up the rentals, or paying the $ to have it delivered, hassle of cleaning it, hassle of paying for it! Okay, not really a hassle, but that means yet another task has to delegated for another person and another detail added to the list. And, more dollars to spend.
We are disposable all the way. Smaller clear plates for cake with smaller white plastic pearly looking forks that are kind of dainly looking. I got heavy linen-type paper napkins that could have fooled me that they weren’t real. We are having clear cold beverage glasses and yes, sigh…styrofoam hot beverage glasses. Not the best, but at least they are the thinner kind that a a tad bit better than regular old styrofoam. It’s a casual brunch reception with lots of kids there, some sit down, some walk about, some perching going on-but given the venue and the order in importance of things we wanted to pay AND be responsible for, renting dishes, etc, just wasn’t part of it.
Plus, even if we used our churches dishes (nice, heavy weight, white) we would have had to either provide for the clean up or pay for someone to run the dishes, etc. Way more hassle than I wanted to deal with, or anyone else (my mom, our hostess, friends & family).
For our rehearsal dinner, the caterer is bringing all rented items-plates, flatware, dishes, coffee cups, and champagne glasses to the venue and is returning them, so her contract is with them, not with us-which helps too. One less thing-you know?!
I think disposable is fine-really I do. Unless it is a super fancy seated dinner and you need then to have china, and nice china at that-I think for a casual reception, you are okay with disposable. Our plastic flatware really looks like it’s silver, which is funny…Fiance got onto one of my twins about throwing silverware away in the trash can at a party we were at bc it looks so real.
One thing we had considered before deciding on a morning brunch reception, was afternoon tea, and we were all about the mismatched china for place settings-totally. I think that look is shabby chic in a socially chic kind of way. 🙂 Something feminine about pretty china and knowing that each piece has a story or has been a part of someone else’s life is even more entertaining.
We had a distributor here in town who carries “all things paper goods and plastic” for parties, so that is where I got our stuff….for just under $100….supplies for a reception of 100-125. The even better plus side to this is that the leftover supplies, my mother is using for a brunch/luncheon at my house for FIs parents and bridal party before everyone leaves to go home on Sunday.