It wasn’t that long ago that when people had a celebration for a birthday or shower or church event, they used real dishes or snack sets to eat off of. In fact, when I lived in Germany ten years ago, they still used heavy china for cake and coffee after Sunday morning services. But who on earth did the dishes?! Well, it’s simple really! Each week they would have volunteers to help prepare coffee and cake, clean up, and yes, wash dishes.
Today we find ourselves in an extremely disposable culture. Why serve food on dishes that have to be washed when you can serve on paper or Styrofoam and just throw it away when you’re done? I think it goes without saying that the situation with American landfills is pretty shameful. Why not try with the little things that you can control in your own home, like what you eat off of? These little changes add up to a huge impact in the long run.
I have recently even seen bran bread plates that you can actually eat when you are done. I like the idea of an edible plate, but it just does not sound very palatable if you ask me. I am sure that they can be composted if nothing else.
Using real dishes to eat off of is not only a great way to be practical and improve the environment, but I believe it is a much more pleasurable experience for the senses.
For example, when Starla and I moved to our place and had an open house, we were determined not to serve food on paper plates. On top of trying to be environmentally friendly, which is important to us, we wanted something dainty and pretty to eat off of! The whole ambiance of the gathering was to create a space where people could enjoy the beauty of our new home, eat good food and visit old friends. We wanted to dishes to go with that theme!
Along with the help of our mom and some friends, we were able to either purchase or borrow enough snack sets for all of our many guests. Since then we have just fallen in love with the idea of serving food on these sweet, little vintage sets. You can typically find them in thrift stores anywhere from $1.99 to $10. They are normally in a set of four and include a small plate and cup. Finding different patterns and colors is really fun and makes your collection unique!
To be practical, environmentally friendly and have something really pretty for your next gathering, why not try snack sets for your guests?