Find out the difference between party tableware for the old and those for the young and learn how to select wisely in view of your guest’s age range.
There are significant differences between childrens party supplies and adults’ party supplies, from the party decorations to the food usually served. The dissimilarities actually do extend to the party tableware used for them, as may be observed by a quick survey of the sorts of things organisers for children’s parties buy and the ones organisers for adults’ parties order. These differences are in fact worth noting if you are planning an event of some kind and are more used to planning for a different demographic than the one you are now.
The first thing to note is that party tableware for people in older age groups tends to be a little more restrained. This restraint is observed in many aspects of the tableware, from the shape to the shades. This is not always so, of course, but it is the case more often than not.
What you typically see in parties adults is “classic” tableware in “classic” colours, such as white plates and plain silverware. Black can be used every now and then, along with other dark and flat shades. The general rule is to use block or solid colours, not rainbow patterns or stripes.
For children’s parties, however, you get something a bit different. Children tend to be more exuberant in their tastes, and this is certainly reflected in the usual party tableware used for them. Instead of restraint, jubilant mixtures of colours are put into play, with all hues on the rainbow being called up for duty.
A usual children’s party table setting will see plates with bright colours, from pinks through yellows. Bright blues are not uncommon either, and are often represented quite strongly in boy’s parties. Red is also a favoured shade for most organisers of children’s parties.
For the kids, tableware is not typically found in a single, boring block colour. You can easily be more daring with your choices when it is a kids’ party, and bold geometric shapes as well as unusual plate designs may well be tried out. This is in stark contrast to the adult case, where any tableware that does have decorative embellishment or ornamentation usually maintains the classic theme, with decorative plate patterns rarely deviating from the usual.
With children, though, you can select plates with pictures of balloons or flowers, plastic cutlery in neon green, and even paper cups with sayings written on them. This means you can practically go wild with your selections for a kids’ party, given that brighter and bolder is preferable here. Patterned napkins or tablecloths with cartoon characters on them shall be welcomed by the youth as well.
One more major consideration when you are thinking of party tableware for either age group is the material used. This is not just due to the some concession to material prestige or beauty, to be honest. Rather, this is because of the things you have to expect from either age group when you are dealing with them.
With adults, you can be more or less assured—it depends on the type of guests you have, really—that they are going to be somewhat less rambunctious at the dining table or around it. This means that precious and somewhat fragile materials are fair game for your tableware. Hence, organisers for adults can easily select glass items and ceramic plates for their party tableware.
When the party tableware is for children, though, it would be best to go with plastic, paper, and similarly hardy materials. Kids tend to have a way of wreaking havoc around dining tables following and even during their meals, and you want to be sure that nothing is broken, after all. It also makes it easier to clean up afterwards when the items are disposable.