Thursday, July 17, 2014

Because You Can Never Have Too Many Cake Carriers

They take up so much room, they need a seat to themselves in the car, and they're not airtight-but a cling-film wrapped cake on a paper plate just doesn't make the same sort of entrance when it is your turn to bring dessert. This one is so beautiful I haven't taken it downstairs to the storage shelf, but instead have it in my kitchen window for all to admire. $2.99 Goodwill.
Sometimes though, you're asked to bring some, "dip." You can't just show up with a ramekin of potted cheese no matter how good it is (and my potted cheese with Port and mace is pretty damn good). This piece of California Pottery solves the whole, "where do I put the crackers?" issue. $1.99 New Life Thrift.
So we have the cake and cheese sorted, but what if you're put in charge of the libations? You're not going to plunk an ice cube in a cocktail are you? Of course not, that's what the Magic Hostess and her six, scary, rotating steel blades are for. It won't make a bourbon and ginger ale taste less disgusting, but it sure will look pretty. $2.99 Goodwill.
Oh look, Auntie brought some Coronation Chicken. Go grab the pretty green piece of California Pottery, and pile it with lettuce first so the chicken looks less like curried barf. .59 cents, New Life Thrift.
What? The party is at MY place? Quick, dust off the Homco wall sconces, and put in fresh candles.
(from a still growing collection of matching sconces trailing down the stairway) about $1.99 each at varied locations.
 
Gosh, after all that entertaining, I'm exhausted. Thank goodness I had all the necessary housewares to make the soiree a success.

How about you? Have a weakness for cake carriers or use-specific pottery?

8 comments:

Asparagus Pea said...

That leaf plate is beautiful - I would have fought you for that in the charity shop!

Propagatrix said...

Aaaaaand we have something else in common! I have a huge collection of West Bend pink aluminum, and one of my favorite pieces is the square version of your cake taker.

If you tell me you've also got a "calorie counter" dish towel, I will be truly spooked.

Goody said...

@Asparagus Pea

I'd first make you promise not to serve Coronation chicken on it.

@Propagatrix

No dishtowel, and obviously no calorie counting going on around here, but I'm happy to hear there are other pieces to go with the cake carrier. I'll keep an eye out for those. You know, I have this feeling if we walked into each other's house we might not realise it right away.

Autumn said...

Well they do take up a ton of room so I only have four. I have more platters than anyone could use in 5 lifetimes. I have several (cough) sets of dishes and an entire cupboard of solid colored pastel California pottery in the dining room because the colors make me happy, damn it.
Three vintage Sunbeam mixers, plus the KitchenAid I actually use.

I do *not* have a problem.

I have also furnished three kitchens with almost all of the basics for three of my four children, while still maintaining everything I need to function well. It's a useful collection sometimes.

Goody said...

@Autumn

That's not a problem-not in my world ;)

I am hoping Danny will take some (most) of this when he moves out. The sconces anyway, since he's the one that collects them.

pastcaring said...

All ready for the party then - now where is my invitation?
Love that cake carrier thingy, and the fact that the cheese should be Bleu.
I have far, far too many vintage glasses. Which I don't want to use in case they get broken. But they are sooooo pretty, I can't resist! xxx

Northern mum down South said...

My daughter showed me a vintage cake tin on a trip to an antique centre recently as she thought I would like it. I do like it. She tells me it has been there ages and from the amount of dust on it you can see this is so. I am hoping she will buy it for me for my next birthday now I have confirmed my liking of it. I have since visited the same centre with my son and "my" cake tin was still there, which is good and bad a) my daughter hasn't bought it for me yet b) it's still there for her to buy for me - I now really, really want it but don't want to buy it for myself as I don't want to deprive her of the pleasure of getting it for me.

Goody said...

@Jayne

Perhaps a hint by way of baking a cake for your daughter that you have no way to store (something tall with several layers) might get the message across.