I love entertaining my friends, but my least favorite part is the clean up afterwards.
So... How is this for an idea? Beautiful paper plates and napkins (and a bonus --- they look real!). I'm not saying to use a Dixie cup for a cocktail... Your guests will still feel privileged to sit at your table, and all the while you, my dear host - will relax, not have to do a huge clean, and you will not have to stress about some stupid kid breaking your china!
images 3, 4, 5, & 6 - Plates & Napkins