Then reality set in. This was supposed to be a picnic after all. We had no staff to serve dinner, so it would have to be buffet-style. So my idea of a beautifully appointed table went out the window. I opted reluctantly for disposable plates. I even bought them. Well, if you know me, then you know I just couldn’t pull the trigger. I love real plates, and just have a hard time using paper ones. I returned the paper plates and started reworking my plan. To be quite honest I had enough plates to serve our 55 guests at the ranch, but didn’t like the idea someone breaking some of my favorite dishes. I decided I needed a set of dishes that if broken, I wouldn’t care. The hunt was on for the absolute nicest plates I could find for… $1 a plate.
I found out quickly that is not an easy chore, even at Walmart. The only place I could find plates at my rock bottom price were at the Dollar store and Ikea. The Dollar Store surprisingly had some cute ones, but I wanted one set that were all the same, and the Dollar Store just had 10 of this kind, and five of that. So I opted for the 9 inch glass plates at Ikea. I bought 40, since I decded the kids could use paper plates (even I have my limits.)
I found this trio of baskets at Hobby Lobby. I used card stock and a cute truck stamp and the letter stamps to label each basket.
Again, I just couldn’t make myself use disposal silverware for the meal, since if some pieces go lost, I didn’t want to spend days searching the pasture for lost silverware. So I went on the hunt for the absolute most adorable, cutest flatware I could find that was less than $1 per piece. Walmart won this contest with these adorable forks, knives and spoons.