Estimating How Many Plates And Cups You Need For Your Party

Monday, October 28, 2019

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How Many Cups And Plates Do I Need For My Event?

Estimating how much tableware to buy can be a tricky business. On the one hand, you don’t want to run out, but on the other, you don’t want to overspend and get stuck with too many leftovers. To avoid a major party foul, follow this helpful guide to estimating how many plates, cups, and napkins you’ll need for a party.

Plates
If you’re serving a full meal, buffet style, we suggest ordering 1.75 times as many plates as you have guests. This will allow people to go up for seconds and leave room for mishaps or last-minute guests. So, for a guest list of 25, you’ll need 44 plates. For a guest list of 50, you’ll need 88 plates – and so on and so forth.

Dessert Plates
Dessert plates are a little bit tricky because the type of food that you’re serving might change this number. But, as a general rule, we advise getting 1.25 plates per guest.

Cups
If you’re having any sort of dancing or activity, you’ll need more cups than you think. Guests will constantly need refills on their drinks and might be prone to losing their cups around the room. We recommend ordering 3 times as many cups as you have guests.

Cutlery
How much cutlery you need might change depending on what you’re serving. In most cases, forks are going to be your most commonly used utensils. Order as many forks as you do plates – this includes dessert plates. Spoons and knives aren’t used quite as frequently, normally you should be ok just to order 1.2 times as many spoons as guests. But, if you’re serving a dessert that requires a spoon, be sure to order 2.4 times as many instead. For knives, you should be set just to order as many as you have dinner plates.

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