A First

@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
United States
December 27, 2010 9:57am CST
I love pretty glassware & dishes. Was an antique dealer & have collected alot for myself. In fact i was my best customer, lol. I did something this year i have never done. I'm not in very good health & it's an effort to cook for a bunch anymore but not something i'm ready to give up yet. I bought nice paper plates & glasses & used them this year. I think it bothered me more than it did anybody else. The cleanup was sure easier i'll have to admit, Did any of u do the same?
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
28 Dec 10
usually we do but notthis year I bought special plates and got some old glass wear down and used them to drink some champagne that son had brought well his wife bught really didnt like it but we did use the glass wear. its around 70 years old green glass with clear stems
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Dec 10
Thanks for responding. Would love to see your pretty glasses but u might have to watch me , they might disappear, lol. Green is one of my favorite colors. When i first starting collecting antiques it was green depression glass. Happy new year.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
28 Dec 10
oh hands get choped off if ya try to take them lolololololol
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Dec 10
gOOD THING U ARE CLOSE, WOULDN'T WANT TO GET MY HANDS CHOPPED OFF, LOL.
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@gdesjardin (1938)
• United States
28 Dec 10
I suggested to the family that we use paper plates on Thanksgiving, and was not given a warm response. I did, however, use plastic plates on Christmas. On Thanksgiving, we ran the dishwasher 3 times, which I thought was crazy and a real waste of time and energy. I bought nice plastic (disposable) plates and glasses for Christmas dinner and clean up was a snap. I actually did buy some plastic bowls as well for the green beans and potatoes. I figured, if I have to clean up, I am going do to what is easy for me. Yes, I did get some negative responses about the plates, but then again, I cooked all day, and cleaned up by myself so the negative comments went in one ear and out the other. I will say, I do love the beautiful plates I have for the holidays, but sometimes you have to do whatever is easier and the plastic plates were far easier.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Dec 10
gOOD MORNING gERRI, THANKS FOR RESPONDING. gOOD FOR U, I don't blame u abit. I found out a long time ago if u don'tcover your azz nobody else will do it for u.lol. I didn't have any negative comments & i think it bothered me more than anyone else. Happy new year.
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• United States
28 Dec 10
Well I have to admit, I did announce at the dinner table that if one more person complains, I will be happy to switch out the plates and then they can wash all the plates by hand....I didn't hear another complaint! This year it was just my family and my parents. My parents live right up the road of me, and as you know I am over there just about every day. My mom made it sound like royalty was coming for dinner. It was just us and I don't believe Christmas dinner is about how you can out shine someone else. It is about family and I can enjoy my family more if I am not busy in the kitchen for hours doing dishes.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
31 Dec 10
Your family is like mine, spoiled, lol. My youngest is a stickler for having everything the way it's always been. He didn't say a word about the platic plates nor did anyone else. He used them at his house thanksgiving . I think it bothered me more than anyone, lol.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
31 Dec 10
It is so funny...I came to MyLot for a few minutes while waiting for guests to arrive for New Year celebrations and this year I decided on paper plates! I just put them all in the kitchen just before I sat down to type this. I too like pretty glasses and dinner sets but I don’t own a dishwasher, except for my husband and he’ll be in no condition to wash up by the end of the night! (LOL) It does bother me a little too especially because my mother is coming but what the heck I want to have fun!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
31 Dec 10
I hope y'all had alot of fun. I do have a dishwasher but am bad to wash up things myself. Thanks for responding. Happy new year to u.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
30 Dec 10
i have to say that i love antiques too and use them every chance i get. i dont like to use paper products that much but as i am in the same boat as you, i ocassionally do use them. but i am still fortunate, i have 2 heathly teenaged girls that can wash up for me!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
31 Dec 10
I bet u have some pretty things. Love seeing otherpeoles pretties. U are very blessed to have your daughters for that & more reasons to. Happy new year to all of u.
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@Hatley (164464)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Dec 10
hi Aunty I used to do that often on holidays when w e had onur owbn apartment even though like you I l ove pretty glassware and dishes. After a couple of guests once broke an antique plate I went to pretty and durable paper plates for several holiday dinner with just family as I would have felt odd if we had other guests.But Antique lady so much paperware now is really attractive and most people would say nothing or might even compliment you on the unique paperware.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Dec 10
Thanks for responding,Hatley. Noone seemed to mind but me. They didn't even comment, couldn't believe that. I guess all they were interested in was what was going in the plates, lol. Happy new year, dear.
@lelin1123 (15643)
• Puerto Rico
27 Dec 10
No I can't say we did. I don't like eating off paperplates. The only time I use them is for a cookout during the summer months. Otherwise it is hard to cut meat on a paper plate. Plus if you have gravy or sauce it doesn't work really well to me. During a cookout its usually hamburgers and hotdogs with salads which is alot more managable on a paper plate. Glad your guest didn't mind. I like to wish you a Happy Healthy New Year!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Dec 10
Tahnks for responding, Lelin. I don't like them either but these were plastic & red & it saved me alot of work cleaning up. my dil's aren't too good to help so its usually all up to me. Happy new year to u.
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@GardenGerty (104421)
• United States
27 Dec 10
We did not do a big Christmas dinner this year, not at dad's or at my brother's, but we used pretty dishes. I guess it is one way or another. Because we do such major stuff at Thanksgiving, we did not do a lot this Christmas. We used paper goods at Thanksgiving.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Dec 10
tHANKS FOR RESPONDING, gg. iT DIDN'T SEEM TO BOTHER ANYONE BUT ME, LOL. i DON'T LIKE TO EAT off paper plates but thses were red plastic ones & they weren't bad. I had 9 for supper so it did save alot of work.
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@celticeagle (120600)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Dec 10
My granddaughter and her new mother-in-law did dinner this year for both holidays. She found some nice styrofoam plates with holly and ribbons on them that were very attractive. Thin but substancial so they worked fine. I'm not sure how much they were so don't know if it was that economical or not.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Dec 10
Good morning & thanks for responding. I'm sure they wern't economical, mine weren't, lol but they sure did come in handy. Have a good one.
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@celticeagle (120600)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 10
That is one thing about the regular plates is that they are economical! But the others are nice for an occasional special time. Thanks.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
31 Dec 10
We only live once might as well enjoy & do what is easiest for us at the time.lol.
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@marguicha (104359)
• Chile
28 Dec 10
I went to my daughter´s home for Christmas so I didn´t do anything besides what I promised to take. But one of my best friends did exactly what you did. They went for Christmas (and the rest of the weekend) to his mother´s home as the old lady is very ill and the caregivers go to their own homes for Christmas. But Dixie and Humberto work all week, they wanted to see their children and grandchildren too so it was paper plates and glasses. I heard that glasses were so nice it was a pity to have to throw them away. But they would not have been able to have any kind of celebration if they had had to wash dishes afterwards. Merry Christmas, Jo!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Dec 10
Thanks for responding.Hope u had a nice time at your daughter's. Happy new year.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Dec 10
I hope it will be a very good year for u.
@marguicha (104359)
• Chile
28 Dec 10
Thanks a lot, Jo!
• United States
27 Dec 10
I love those pretty glasware and dishes. My husband must have went to antique shops to get my Christmas present this year and I was very impressed with what he got! In fact one dish fit perfect inside a relish tray that I got somewhere else, now if I could find the lid to go with it!!! I usually get dessert plates and napkins, but I am to cheap to buy the really nice paper plates and everything. Of course, there is 20 of us when we all get together. We have bought plastic plates, then ran them through the dishwasher!!! Yesterday at my daughter n laws, she ran out of silverware, so I washed it and all the plates up so we could have dessert, her mother commented on "... ,,, washed all the dishes!" Not real sure what that met! but I am still able to do it, even though at home I am spoiled with the dishwasher! They have one too but it was faster to just wash them. My best friend built a new house a few years ago and her husband wanted a dishwasher and she didn't. I told her she didn't have to use it everyday, but they are self employed, and it would be really handy and she would like it, when they had worked hard all day then come in and she still has to cook and clean up afterwards! Also wonderful for when they have company and you can just load it and enjoy your company!!!! They did finally put one in and she told me later how much she really did enjoy it! I think it was wonderful that you used the paper products, gave you time to enjoy that family!! Happy new years to you!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
27 Dec 10
Thanks for responding. Actually these were the nice plastic red plates that i used. I'm usually pretty frugal but was thinking of myself when i bought these. Don't have much help w/cleanup so they came in pretty handy. My sons were good to help clear up everything , get the leaves out of the table & put up, chairs back where they went but my dil's don't help, period!! tacky, i think but of course i don't say a word.
• United States
27 Dec 10
Those are probably the plastic plates we buy and wash!!!! Not very good at throwing things away! As for the DIL's, I think it is the way they were raised. My girls (not bragging) always help clean up and have their girls helping to, NOT my DIL!!! Even when we had Christmas last sunday (19th) my DIL was not helping with the dishes, but step son's "FRIEND" was in the kitchen helping them!!! (Making a good impression?), but I also know that the DIL dosen't like to wash dishes! Her and my son share this at their home. Glad to hear that the BOYS helped put things away. Of course you could just ask the DIL's to do something for you, but that might rock a fragile boat!!!!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Dec 10
I'm not much on asking'anyone' to do anything. People know what needs to be done & shouldn't have to be asked. My boys were a big help & i didn't have to ask them to do what they did. They were raised right, lol. They just forget it sometimes.
@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
15 Jul 11
I think overall when it comes to Entertaining, unless you are having someone over that you are wanting to impress, it is definately a lot cheaper in the long run and easier clean up to do it this way. And since you have a lot of Health issues the easier for cleanup is always the Best. If your guests complain, I guess they are not wanting to take your situation into consideration. We now entertain on paper plates, etc. all the time.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
15 Jul 11
tHANKS FOR YOUR RESPONSE. My guests didn't seem to mind at all. i know it bothered me more than anybody, lol.
@vivamir (673)
10 Jul 11
Hi Antiquelady.. any excuse calls for a celebration in my household-for the more unexpected occasions..disposable cutlery it has to be.. and the bin is usually bursting at the rim by the end of the night! But Mum goes through so much effort for Christmas and such occasions- so the fine cutlery, dishware the whole shi-boogle is perfectly placed at the table.. and I (9 times out of 10) ends up with the clean up- gives Mum a well deserved break..but I have 3 younger lazy bum siblings- well, especially after they have just stuffed their faces! (",)xx.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
10 Jul 11
Thanks for your response. I use to have sooooooo much company but don't anymore. This old gray mare 'ain't what she use to be, lol.i BET Y'ALL have a really good time at your house it sounds like.Happy days to u.
@frogzy (84)
• India
28 Jun 11
Yes, I'm also loving glassware and dishes. You can view some of them here: www.themilliondollarnewspaper.com Happy lotting!
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
29 Jun 11
tHANKS FOR RESPONDING. hAVE A GOOD ONE.
@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
16 Jan 11
We do not do the disposable dishes thing here. More out of a care for the environment than anything else, but we do not mind if we are served on paper plates at a party or picnic. You would have loved a store that we came across while we were travelling a week ago today. We had stopped over for two nights in a town called Katoomba which is perched on the side of a cliff in the Blue Mountains to the west of Sydney. My wife and I had driven into town, leaving our children back at our accommodation, thinking we would be gone for about 30 minutes. We discovered a huge antique store though which had us mesmerised for about 45 minutes. As soon as we entered, it was like we were sucked into a time warp. We were shocked to see the time once we had left the store and we still had to get a few things. There were all sorts of things in the store, some of which I was horrified would be in an antique store as I remembered having them in our house when I was growing up!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
16 Jan 11
I know it's not a good thing to use them but it sure made it easier on me for the cleanup.I have never been fond of eating out of them. U are sooooooo right. y'all would have had to drag me out of that store, that is right up my alley, lol. thanks for responding.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
5 Jan 11
we have a small family, I think the most we ever had was 8 people at the table. My sister always helped cooking and would do things like stir the gravy. I took over the dishes after dinner, so while mom did all the "early" stuff, putting the turkey in the oven and most of the pies, she didn't have to clean up. Now, the roomie's mom has gone with paper plates for parties for as long as the roomie's been my roommate - that's 11 years. I think she also does a lot of paper for meals during the week. And, because I'm pretty useless in the kitchen, I unloaded the dishwasher and loaded it again. Then I washed the hand stuff. After we ate, I unloaded it again and loaded it and washed the rest of the hand stuff that was there. The roomie's mom appreciated that I stepped up and did that, because the dad is the normal dish washer, but he was being a putz on Christmas. I knew that she was about out of room if the dirty dishes weren't dealt with, after all, they have to go SOME PLACE. And washing dishes is something I can do, don't mind doing and would help her out the most at that moment.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
3 Jan 11
I would have done if there would have been many of us but there was only Mike Mel and Me so I offered to do the Dishes as Mel had cooked and there was not that many But it is a good Idea and do not feel bad about it you did great
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
3 Jan 11
HI GABS, I don't think anybody minded but me, lol. There was 9 of us so it did help w/the clean-up. Thanks for responding. HUGS TO U.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
2 Jan 11
Hi Jo! Like you, I like pretty glass ware and dishes however, when we have a big crowd coming over like we did on my mom's birthday which we celebrated Thanksgiving too, hubby and I got paper plates to use because it's so much easier to clean up. We didn't get the silverware because mom ends up keeping it and putting them in the dishwasher to use the next time we have a get together so she already had a bunch of those and we used her glasses. Thankfully we had enough and everything turned out great! Don't let it bother you sweetie. Any help regardless of where it comes from, is a helping hand for the host!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
2 Jan 11
Thjanks for responding. It did help out alot on the cleanup for sure. Don't think anybody cared but me, lol. Hope u are having a good sunday. hugs.
@dibs2010 (132)
• India
28 Dec 10
This is a very good thing that you try a new thing in this Christmas day. Best of luck for this new try and achievement.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Dec 10
Good morning & thanks for responding. Welcome to mylot, hope u enjoy it as much as i do. Happy new year.
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@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
28 Dec 10
sometimes i do it as well if i am holding a party where i will be having lots of guests... cleaning up dishes is a very tedious task and it is easier to just use paper plates and cutlery to save time and efforts... take care and have a nice day...
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Dec 10
Good morning & thanks for your response. It did make cleanup alot easier. Happy new year.
@SIMPLYD (85104)
• Philippines
28 Dec 10
Yes, i did that too this Christmas and even last Christmas. It helped a lot that i don't have to wash those used utensils anymore, because i was already tired from cooking them myself. In fact some of the foods were just ordered so as not to tire me that much in preparing them. They were made for that purpose . . . easy disposal! LOL What's important are the foods on the table for everybody to partake.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
28 Dec 10
Good morning & thanks for your response. I don't think anyone minded but me that i didn't use some of my pretty dishes. Like u said they were just interested in the food, lol. Happy new year.