Wedding Reception for 400
How much tableware should I buy for a wedding reception for 400 persons?
Plastic Plates
Plastic forks, spoons, knifes

Thanking you in advance.

What is the menu including desserts and appetizers, what are the beverages, and how is it being served (buffet, sit down, etc)? It makes a difference.
I am sorry. It is buffet style. 8:00 PM Saturday evening
Menu includes brisket, pork jambalya,green
beans, macaroni salad,rolls,fruit tray,vegetable tray, appetizers include meatballs, shrimp dip, crab dib, chicken salad sandwhiches.
Wedding cake and groom's cake.
Punch, canned beer, and wine.
Thanks. Assuming the cake is served on plates, per person:
Plastic Plates- 2 each dinner size, 2 1/2 each salad/appetizer/cake size
Plastic forks, spoons, knifes, 1 1/2 knives, 2 spoons, 3 forks
Napkins- 4 each, or three regular and 2 cake
Cups- 2 clear 8 ounce for wine and punch, 1 regular 8-12 ounce for water, beer, etc.

You should talk them into adding dinner coffee service as described on my beverage planning page. 100 hot cups per 100.

Caterers buy from suppliers who will let them return unopened packs of napkins, etc.

Ellen I wanted to just say thanks for such a great website. I am doing the reception food for my son's wedding in June next summer, the kids just gave me their menu, and I was able to check out everything on your pages. I have bookmarked this site for future use.