I'm planning a party in celebration of a special event.
We currently have about 30 potential guests on the guest list, and we plan to have the party in our home. With everyone so earth-conscious these days and since it is a special occasion, I'd prefer to serve on regular plates (instead of paper plates) and use regular silverware.
A few questions:
1) We only have 12 plates and silverware in our regular dish set and don't have a special set of dishes for "buffet serving" at this time. I'm ok with spending SOME money (I also found sets of forks only on BBB (http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=104425&RN=505)...
Does anyone know of where I can get a good deal on plates only (not whole dish sets)/silverware (mainly forks only)?
2) We would prefer to serve a real meal instead of "munchies" and snack items--how do I keep the meal warm during the party OR should I say on the invite that dinner will be served at a specific time? (We have done dinner parties before, but they were on smaller scale, just 2 or 3 families at a time.)