Here's some sources that I count on when I'm cooking for a crowd:
My partner and I want our guests to eat off "real" plates and drink from glass glasses. Ever year, we re-stock our supply of Nuance Stemware Sets. They're just $9.99 a dozen. With the 20% off coupons that are floating around this time of year, that's $7.99 or just 66 cents a glass.
But don't buy the red wine glasses from this line ...The red wine glasses in this line look dumpy and un-generous. I use the white wine glasses for red too. Don't forget to open the case and look for broken ones before you buy, just like eggs.
At Bed, Bath & Beyond, I also picked up some serving spoons for $7.99 each and 15 glass plates for $.99 each. They aren't stunning stuff, but I didn't want to over-spend on something that we'd only use a couple times of year. The cut glass look of these cheap plates will blend with my clear glass Fostoria American good dishes.
Is the stereotype true that guys hate asking for directions? I really don't like asking people in stores where things are, but I'm sure glad I asked the butcher at Citarella for slab bacon or I never would have known they carried it.
I'm making some changes to the menu based on your suggestions from my last party post. I'll finalize the menu and post that tomorrow.