Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dry Erase Ramekins

We had friends over for dinner last night.  I was serving different sauces to go with the pork tenderloin but I didn't want to put the bottles on the table.  I poured the sauces into ramekins... hmmm, no one would know which was which.  I thought about making little cards to put in front of them, but this is a casual dinner and I'd feel like a total dork doing that.  So I got out my dry erase marker...

Why didn't I think of this like 10 years ago???  I was mostly inspired by my dry erase lamp (at least it gave me the guts to write on one of my dishes)

After dinner was over, it washed right off!  I seriously could not wait to share this idea; sometimes it's the simplest things...

And one more thing before I go.  I know I've mentioned before that I live in a small house.  For the first few  years we lived here I hardly ever had people over.  I hated the thought of people not being comfortable because we'd have to all cram into our little kitchen (we don't have a dining room).  I was so wrong.  If you've ever felt the same way, or you've found that you're "too busy" to keep up with friends, you need to read this post by Christina Britt Lewis of the Redesign Company.  It changed the way I look at my life.  You really should read it... it will take less than a minute.

This group of friends has a standing dinner once a week at rotating houses.  We promised we wouldn't cook to impress one another and we wouldn't yell at our families to clean up before the guests arrive.  It is beautiful on so many levels... I can only encourage you to do something like this with your friends.  We even named the group:  the POD (which stands for "pants optional dinner" because my daughter has this uncanny habit of taking her pants off and running around in her diaper at some point throughout the night).  It is what it is.  And we love it just the way it is.

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  1. that sounds so sweet and like a great group of friends!

  2. What a great idea...glad to hear your dinner party went well! :D

  3. Don't know why I ever thought of this either-genius! I'd love for you to link it up to my party. You earn a chance for free jewelry just for linking up: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/02/will-craft-forfree-jewelry.html

  4. hahaha Fantastic!! Honestly... BRILLIANT!!

    Would you PRETTY PLEASE post this on my Linky Party please?

  5. The POD sounds like so much fun and this genious! I'm pinning it. :-)

    Erin at takingtimetocreate.blogspot.com

  6. Oh my, I love this idea. I just pinned it. Now you've got me wondering what else I can dry erase...??? :)

  7. That is such a smart idea! I love it!
    I currently have a link party going and would love for you to share this and anything else you would like!


  8. So impressive! I would LOVE for you to share this awesome mommy solution in my Mommy Club link up! Or any other ideas. Stop over! http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2012/02/the-mommy-club-share-your-resources-and-solutions-31/


  9. All my ramekins are the ones with vertical ridges. Can't imagine trying to write straight over those, heehee

  10. This is such a super idea! I just pinned this. Visiting from Creations by Kara. Vicky from Mess For Less

  11. I never would have thought of that! Thanks for the tip :)
    Kristen @ Titus 2 Work in Progress

    1. Great Idea...I Love this! We just posted our 2nd Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party today and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_16.html

  12. That's a fantastic idea. Did you have problems with it smearing if people touched it? Or did people leave them alone?

  13. What a GREAT idea!! And for parties or buffets too... the little note card/table tent signs always get knocked over and bumped. I will definitely be using this one!

  14. Great idea! And I love the name of your dinner group :) We just moved to a new state and I miss having friends over for dinner. Eventually we'll make some good friends here though!!

  15. I have some ramekins {which I hardly ever use} & I'm going to file this idea away for future use. It's so clever & I never would have thought of it on my own! Some people are so smart!

    Warmly, Michelle

  16. Brilliant! I'm going to try on wine glasses too at our next party. Everyone can write their names on the bottom piece (so it doesn't get wiped off and/or all over your hands when you grab the glass) ...


  17. Yes it is the simple things that bring us joy!! Thanks for sharing! Now I'm pinning and many more will see just how brilliant you are!!
    I would love for you to link this to my linky party going on right now at http://www.thesweettalkshop.com/2012/02/sweettalkin-sunday-link-party-6.html
    I came to visit by way of Under the Table and Dreaming

  18. so smart! I can't wait to try it :)

    New follower here!! Excited to hear more from you

    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

  19. Dry Erase? Who would've thought? I have to try this, thank you so much for sharing. Hopping along from a TO z HOP.

  20. What an awesome idea and so simple! I will have to keep that in mind. It sounds like you have a great dinner group.

  21. pretty much genius! :) so easily simple! :)


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