Little Star
Expert April 2019

Inexpensive disposable plates/napkins/cutlery?

Little Star, on May 7, 2018 at 2:59 AM Posted in Planning 0 18
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Hello everyone! I got the estimate for catering this past weekend and it had me like 馃槺馃槺馃槺 It was wayyy more than I had originally planned. Anyway, the catering company does provide disposable plates, napkins, & cutlery for $1/pp. We are expecting around 65 guests plus ourselves and the photographer. Also I鈥檓 not even sure if that covers plates for the cake! Anyway, I felt that was a little steep for disposables but perhaps I鈥檓 wrong? Does anyone know of a website I can order from that鈥檚 a bit cheaper? We are allowed to bring in our own dishes if we like. I thought this would be a good way to save a bit of money. I鈥檝e checked out webstaurant but it seems like after it鈥檚 all said and done it would be the same price.

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  • Future mrs.whitman
    Devoted October 2018
    Future mrs.whitman
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    Try amazon or Oriental Trading they both have good prices
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  • D
    Expert December 2018
    Debbie
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    Costco has nice plastic plates also. My FH familiar these every year for meals over big holidays like Thanksgiving. They are nice and sturdy, but cheap enough that no one has problems throwing them out after the meal.
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  • A
    Beginner August 2018
    Ashley
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    Following!

    The prices that I've been finding are crazy for something that is going into the trash! 馃槬
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  • Laura
    WeddingWire Administrator June 2010
    Laura
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    Do you have a membership at Sam's Club? If so, they have some that would save you a little money.

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  • K
    Devoted May 2018
    Kaitlin
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    I got mine at a local craft store pat catan鈥檚. I think it ended up being like $40 for 60 plates.
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  • firstoneat56
    Master August 2017
    firstoneat56
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    I think you鈥檒l be hard pressed to find good quality plates, cutlery and napkins for 65 for less than $65. Remember, you need more than one set per person. Are you having a cocktail hour? You need plates and cutlery for that as well. Ask the caterer so specify exactly what they are proving and how many of each. Then you can truly compare prices. Frankly, if you save anything it probably won鈥檛 be enough to make it worth the headache.
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  • FirstTimeMOB
    October 2018
    FirstTimeMOB
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    I can't imagine you would be able to get quality disposable plates and cutlery for less than that. Honestly, I'd wonder about the quality the caterer is using at that price.

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  • The Nuptials
    VIP July 2018
    The Nuptials
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    This isn鈥檛 worth the trouble to me. Just use their stuff, I鈥檓 sure they have it down to a science and plan for extras. Ask them about cake plates.

    We we are talking about $65 here, I know every dime counts but this is a wise spend.
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  • Going to the chapel
    Master July 2017
    Going to the chapel
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    Unless you can find free shipping, shipping alone would take up a big chunk of that $65. $1 pp from the caterer is a good deal and less stress on you.

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  • Macey
    Dedicated May 2018
    Macey
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    We ordered our plates off of webstrauntstore.com. I got our napkins at ikea for like 79 cents a package so that was a good deal. Our silverware was kinda expensive I spent about $60 on it but it is the disposable kind that looks real. I got it from homegoods.
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  • Shayna
    Super August 2018
    Shayna
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    This is where we purchased our plastic plates for our wedding.
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  • Lisa
    Dedicated August 2018
    Lisa
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    Try the restaurant store, I just ordered our cake plates, silverware and cups for the bar from them and thought there prices were decent. www.https://www.therestaurantstore.com
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  • Rj923
    Dedicated May 2018
    Rj923
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    We used disposable and it was perfectly fine! If the food is good I don't know how much people notice the plates
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  • SB
    VIP March 2019
    SB
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    Sam's Club has huge boxes of disposables for pretty cheap! That's where we're getting ours from.

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  • Q
    Dedicated September 2018
    QueenOfTheFall86
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    I used
    https://www.poshpartysupplies.com/
    and everything came super fast and it was reasonable.
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  • M
    Devoted May 2018
    Monnie
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    Party city had some nice solid color plates that come in a pack of 50 for 13.99.
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  • T
    Super December 2018
    T P
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    If you have a membership to a wholesaler store like Sam's Club, Costco, or BJ's, there are nice disposable plates and cutlery. There are often different package sizes too. They will all likely have more than just 65 you need for your guests, but it is often helpful to have a few extra in case. You can always take the rest home! Happy planning!
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  • Little Star
    Expert April 2019
    Little Star
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    Thank you guys for your suggestions! I will check them out and see if it鈥檚 easier to get tw
    from somewhere else or just use the caterer 馃槉
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