Disposable plates not only eliminate the hassle of cleaning after an event. The right type can add an element of functionality and flair to the event. Several factors go into selecting the perfect disposable plates, including the size, shape, color, and type of material.
Here's a quick step-by-step guide to choosing disposable plates that will leave your guests wanting more.
1. Select the Material
Disposable plates are available in many different materials. Consider factors such as your budget, the nature of the party, the type of guests you are expecting, and the type of food you will serve to determine the right material for your disposable plates.
Consider disposable paper plates if you are on a tight budget. These plates are simple, lightweight, and best used for serving dry foods.
Laminated foam plates are sturdier and thicker than paper plates, as well as nonabsorbent, making them ideal for serving hot foods. These plates feature a nonslip surface for added safety and functionality. Laminated foam plates may, however, buckle under too much weight or heat.
Expanded polystyrene is a lightweight, nonabsorbent, and rigid foam. EPS plates are typically white in color and serve as a great alternative to paper plates, especially if you are looking to serve hot and wet foods.
Bamboo and Others
More and more event organizers are opting for environmentally friendly disposable cutlery. Bamboo, birch wood, palm leaves, and fiber-molded products are among the popular choices. Bear in mind that these materials are often pricey and can add to your overhead costs.
2. Determine the Size
Match the plate size to the cuisine, portion size, and food presentation style. For most events, you will need more than one type of plate.
Dinner and Banquet
To keep things simple, go for conventional dinner plates, which measure 8.75 to 9.75 inches large to accommodate the main course. Opt for banquet plates, which measure approximately 10.25 inches if you are planning to serve large entrées or a group of main courses.
Consider rigid disposable platter plates to add a touch of elegance to a sit-down meal service, laid-back outdoor events, or buffets. Large dinner plates, banquet plates, and platters are perfect for food presentation but they also create an illusion of larger servings, which can help to keep the cost per plate under control.
Appetizer, Starters, and Dessert
Appetizer plates measure about 4 to 5 inches. Use these to serve small snacks or to show off your delicate amuse-bouche. You can use appetizer plates for serving starters as well.
Dessert plates are slightly larger, measuring about 7 inches and are convenient for guests to hold as they mingle. Opt for smaller-sized dessert plates if you are planning to serve petite desserts that might look oddly small on the standard plate.
3. Choose the Color
The color of your plates can have an impact on the overall culinary presentation. Admittedly, the available colors for disposable plates are generally limited. Consider sticking to solid colors such as white or black.
Alternatively, opt for patterned disposal plates to add an element of whimsy to a casual event.
4. Pick the Shape
Like the plate size and color, plate shape can make all the difference in the presentation of your food. New generation disposable plates are available in a myriad of shapes from the conventional circular plates to the more eccentric rectangular, triangular, and coupe plates. Think about the type of cuisine and your desired food presentation style when selecting the plate shape.
Disposable plates do not have to be drab. With a little creativity through mixing and matching colors, sizes, and shapes, you can offer your guests an unforgettable culinary experience.
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