the dilemma of paper of china plates

I have just started planning a casual outdoor fall wedding and I am having a problem deciding between paper or real china. Now I love the idea of mismatched china, I think it would look precious. So, the main challenge is where to put dirty dishes. The proposed venue will be a field on family property so there is a kitchen nearby. But no staff. Our budget is 3500 to 4000 and I am doing the food with family help. Buffet style with honey baked ham, mac and cheese, grilled corn on the cob, and cold salads. In addition to tea and cold apple cider, there will also be wine, hot apple cider and hot chocolate. So I am looking at 2 sizes of plates and three different types of cups and glasses for 40 to 50 people. I do not want tables left full Of dirty dishes or a for my guests to have to look at them. So do I go the easier route and use paper or try to hire someone to do dishes? And keep in mind this person will be in my family's home unattended. Worth the trouble? Is paper tacky? Thoughts? Thanks!
Posted on November 21, 2013 at 4:55 am
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Perhaps instead of paper plates, you could go with plastic.  Inspiration for nice plastic plates.

 
 
Posted on November 21, 2013 at 9:05 am
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What about a cute place for them to put the dirsty dishes? Like a dressed up bin of some sort with a cute sign? maybe "Dirty dishes: out of sight out of mind!" or "Put the dirty dishes here and let's party!" ... not sure either of those works, but it gets the point across, lol.

 

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 9:24 am
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I agree with Poppyaka! There are lots of great options in disposables these days. You can find them online and in restaurant supply stores. One website I've seen a lot of PW'ers mention a lot is Smarty Had A Party: http://www.smartyhadaparty.com/Elegant-Plastic-Wedding-Dinner-Party-Plates-c325.aspx

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 9:24 am
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 I like aggie's idea. I would never have a problem with taking my plate somewhere - especially if an effort had been made to make it 'cute'.

Or, are there any young people (nieces/nephews?) that you could maybe pay a small amount to collect the dishes for you?

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 9:27 am
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Thanks for the suggestions!
Posted on November 21, 2013 at 9:34 pm
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We are using dishes being supplied by our caterer. Since you wont have one I would consider the dispiable option. There are many plastics that look real
Posted on November 22, 2013 at 12:28 am

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