Sunday, April 7, 2013

Reusable Buffet Markers



I love buffets and potluck dinners, but it's nice knowing exactly what food you are scooping on your plate. 

Is this rice and cheese? 

Is this chicken or turkey? 

Is this gluten free? 

Which one has the mushrooms in the stuffing?

You know the drill...

I enjoy surprises as much as the next person, but I have discovered a fun and simple way to mark your buffet items.  This will take the guess work out for your company and add a little character to the table.  I am going to use this during our Easter celebrations, but I think it would also make a fun addition to a Mother's Day Brunch, Spring Bridal Shower, or a Summer Picnic.

I used metal garden markers that I scored at a garage sale last year.  I didn't know what I was going to do with them at the time, but I finally found a purpose.  I took a dry erase marker and wrote the names of the dishes on them and labeled the gluten free ones.  If I made a mistake, I just wiped off the writing and tried again.

I stuck them in the casserole dishes and I was done.  No more surprises at this buffet!  After the dishes were all cleared-  I washed the stakes in sudsy water.  They are waiting to be used again and again.



Do you have any unique ways to use garden markers?


9 comments:

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Lindsay said...

That is a fantastic idea! I am hosting my son's 3rd birthday soon and will absolutely use those to label the food! Thanks!

Lash said...

Believe it or not, I needed this tip BAD! My baby shower is THIS weekend and we have had so many problems food-wise. First, my hostess let us know she could not provide an entree...two weeks before! Then, our vendor that was going to cater, backed out unless we paid him more money...what?!?!?
So now, I am doing it by myself and can't afford any more mistakes. These markers look nicer because they are not just a printed label on a stick AND I can correct my mistakes. Looks like I am headed to the Garden Club today! lol

Plain Graces said...

Thanks! I wish you the best of luck with your parties...

Lindsay have fun! Love birthday parties!

Lash good luck and have fun. I have catered events for families at the last minute and it can be stressful. Thinking of you.

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