Going Green ~ Caterer's Plates

We are making simple changes in our home and the way we entertain. We have a very large extended family and host lots of casual bbq's and parties. Paper and foam plates are easy to use but are often difficult to balance on your lap. We decided to try and serioulsy cut down on the amount we buy and use when I came across two caterer's twelve packs of square white plates on clearance at Homesense.

It worked out to less than a dollar a piece and they not only look good, but can be used again and again. Plus, they are sturdy. We now have 24 for large gatherings, and I might just pick up another set for backup.

I shared how we were making choices that were greener for the environment by collecting all our old mismatched flatware patterns instead of using disposable cutlery here.  I'm still searching for a tote to seperate the forks, knives and spoons but this will work in the meantime.

We also have cut waaaay down on paper towel use by using bar mops and inexpensive dish towels here.
A few simple changes but I think they are very worthwhile. We are looking forward to getting our gazebo and patio stuff out of winter storage, hopefully this upcoming weekend.


  1. Sometimes at flea markets you see great old caddies that have divisions. They would be perfect for your cutlery. Good on you getting rid of paper plates and plastic knives and forks. They are awful to eat with anyway. Your are much nicer.

  2. I love your simple changes! I love using our white dishes and cloth napkins. They make me feel like I'm on vacation when I'm not. It's a treat to myself and, of course, keeps garbage out of landfills. We're still working on cutting down more, though. A little at a time.

  3. Love it!
    Can't wait to see!
    Hope you get the patio stuff out of winter storage and throw a big party,with lots of great photo's!

  4. I think what you are doing is great, and I'm happy to see that you've posted about it. I have also eliminated the use of paper plates because of cost. I love the mis-matched utensils! That's a great idea! I also like your idea about using bar towels because I do use paper towels - a lot! I enjoyed my visit today, have a wonderful week!


  5. Great ideas! I love the idea of the plates... a number of years ago when we were having a largish steak Bar-B-Que, I purchased additional Fiesta ware plates. Paper plates would have been difficult to use with steak knives! I now have about 30 plates and can use them for everyday and get "togethers". I do, however, like your white plate idea. It would be so much more versatile color wise.

    Oh how I wish we had a Home Sense around here. We visited one when I was in Toronto. I have to travel across the border to the greater Vancouver area to find one :(

    Hope you're recovery is going well,

  6. I too am guilty of using too many paper towels. I'm working on building up a collection of cloths that I actually want to use to help me cut back. I also picked up a whole bunch of plates from the dollar store, and so far, it's actually not an inconvenience at all to skip the paper plates. Yay green!

  7. It starts with small things, Elizabeth. If we all did those little things, it would make a HUGE difference. Happy to read this. I phased out paper towels a few months ago & am trying to cut down on waste albeit difficult. The earth isn't very happy with us right now. What a bargain on the plates! I love how you've displayed the utensils in that can. Very pretty!



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