Sometimes you want to entertain but the thought of washing every plate, platter, wine glass and cheese knife in your house is too terrifying to invite your friends over. Right? Ok, here are 2 products that will help you host with ease and save your manicure at the end of the night. They are reusable, recyclable or compostable but still CHIC looking. And you won’t feel super duper guilty when you toss them in the recycling bin at the end of the night.
How smart are these cocktail plates by Plate-A-Cup? They have a slot to hold your glass so you can hold you plate and drink in one hand and eat, shake and gesture wildly during your juicy story with your other hand. Plate-A-Cup is:
– 100% biodegradable and compostable
– 100% “Tree Free”
– Temperatures up to 93° C or 200° F.
– 100% microwave and freezer safe
– Soak proof and grease resistant
I love this cocktail size plate for appetizers but Plate-A-Cup comes in dinner sized plates as well for your next full meal function. This wine glass slot is so convenient I’ll never go back to regular cocktail plates, there I said it.
See that blue roll on the left hand side of the picture? Those are MyDrap cotton cocktail napkins! They come on a roll as pictured, in tons of pretty colors and all the different sizes you might need. They are thick and soft, more like a fine linen than cotton feeling. You pull off the number you need and save the rest of the roll for next time. They are washable so you can use them as many times as they hold up and then recycle when done.
My Golden Globes viewing party was SO much less work to clean up thanks to Plate-A-Cup and MyDrap (and my husband who washed all the platters.)
The Daily Meal asked us what our favorite products are for entertaining this Labor Day weekend! So many simple ways to liven up your celebrations so you have some time top enjoy the weekend too!
A store-bought artisan product– Don’t spend TOO much time laboring over the food, take some help from the store with quality products. Start cocktails with a tin of Bazzini’s nuts. http://www.bazzininuts.com/gifts/tins.html Artisan pickles (http://rickspicksnyc.com/) add variety to your burger and dog toppings. Or pick up a pie from a local bakery or artisan ice cream at your local creamery.
Beverage Tub– Target always carries inexpensive beverage tubs in bright colors. We love this turquoise. Perfect for chilling water, beer and rosé as you relax in the sun.
Striped Straws– Because they’re fun, they’re striped and we want to SCREAM summer on this last weekend of summer 2011. We think they do.
Deck Towel– Pool parties, beach trips and picnic blanket needs are solved with one linen towel/blanket. It even makes a pretty tablecloth!
Drink Dispenser– If you want to serve sangria, fresh lemonade, ice tea or Arnold Palmers, fill one of these beverage dispensers. Then guests can help themselves and you’re free to have fun.
Outdoor Umbrella– Shade and stripes. There’s no classier way to protect your skin.Striped Straws
Bambu Plates and Cutlery– Disposable, recyclable, compostable and still chic! These are the hippest option for plates and cutlery when you can’t transport the real thing.
Disposable Cotton Napkins and Placemats – These colorful rolls combine the elegance of cloth napkins and placemats with the convenience of paper, so they’re perfect for summer garden parties and picnics. They’re made of fine-woven 100% cotton with easy-tear perforated edges and special bonding so they won’t fray. Gingham prints and pretty red and navy blue colors add a fun touch.
A & O