Luke had an idea that solved our problem and fit well with our goals and priorities (and budget!): Go to the local thrift store where dishes are sold super cheap and stock up on white plates and bowls and mugs. And, here's the best part: when we were all done, we just washed the dishes and returned them to the thrift store. Yay!
I loved this solution!
- It was cheap. At 10 to 15 cents a dish, I paid a total of 6.50 for all the plates, bowls and mugs we needed to accommodate our large potluck. That is cheaper than disposables!
- It's environmentally friendly. Nothing to end up in a landfill!
- It supports a good cause. The thrift store we bought them from funds great community services.
- It's nicer (and easier!) to eat off of a real plate than a paper one.
- It adds no extra clutter to our house. Everything has been taken back to the thrift store to be sold again and well used.
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