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If you are throwing a party, picnic, or barbecue, one of the most important party supplies you'll need are plates for the guests to eat off of. Solid color plates are perfect because they can be chosen to match any party or event theme, or even no theme at all. Paper plates come in several round sizes as well as square, and round plastic plates are available in several sizes.
If you're serving snacks, hors d'oeuvres, or dessert, a 7" plate is ideal. It's a good size for guests to carry with them, and is perfect when they aren't eating a full meal. For meal time, a larger plate like the 9" or 10" is best. This allows more room for larger portions and side dishes. Square 10" plates are a fun alternative to the typical round plate.
Paper plates are an inexpensive option. They come in packages of eight, twenty, or fifty. These are great for serving birthday cake at the table. For a sturdier plate choose plastic. These are best especially when guests won't be sitting at a table. Plastic plates come in packages of twenty.
The best thing about the plates is all the colors there are to choose from. Pick orange or yellow for a fall or Halloween party. Blues are great for summer or beach and ocean themes, light greens and yellows are good for spring. Pink and blue are obvious choices for baby showers, and black, white, or silver are good for weddings and religious events. For a birthday party, choose the guest of honor's favorite color.