Most of the time, we use disposable. The big exception is bowls. We have one dish set, that the plates get used for grilling (setting the meat on after it's been grilled...much sturdier) and coffee cups when I want hot chocolate. That's about it.
We have always used disposable. I have 3 siblings and we all have 3-4 kids each and now they're grown with kids so there have been times that I've had 50+ people at my house. The past couple of years I've tried to encourage everyone to start their own family traditions (mom and I are tired of cooking). This year 2 of my kids couldn't be home so it was just hubby, me, our youngest and her hubby and my grandson who is 1 yr old, so we ate off of REAL plates, with REAL silverware and REAL crystal goblets. It was so nice.....lol