Jan 092017
 
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This shop and my idea for empty dish return has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WipeAwayHolidayMess #CollectiveBias

I love cooking and baking for holiday gatherings.  It doesn’t matter if I’m the hostess or the guest, I look forward to making special holiday dishes to share with friends and family.

Make post-holiday dish return a special treat with a fun food gift

At the end of the meal there is invariably a collection of dishes that get left behind.  Either the contents are still being divvied up when people leave or sometimes the owner just forgets.  A few years ago I came up with a fun idea to pair with the task of returning them.

Less Stress, Less Mess in the New Year

Make post-holiday dish return a special treat with a fun food gift

After washing all the dishes I set out on the table the ones that need to be returned.  I add a collection of ingredients to the dish or pan that will make a complete meal or dessert so they will have a meal or treat that requires little to no forethought.

Empty Dish Return Idea

First, choose the food items for your dish return package.  Ideas include:

  • pasta & pasta sauce
  • canned goods (vegetables, beans, meats)
  • rice
  • bottled sauces (soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, mustard)
  • pre-cut fruit & veggies
  • jarred spices
  • cake mix
  • brownie mix
  • flour
  • sugar
  • oil
  • frosting
  • cupcake liners

Add a cute dish towel and some pretty tie-ons as you prepare the pan for dish return

Next wrap the dish with a dish towel for padding.  If the dish had a lid you can use it to hold everything together; if not, use a ribbon and tie it all down.  Finally add a few decorative tie-ons if you’d like and include a note letting them know you appreciated their company and wish them a stress-free (and mess-free) start to the new year!

Make post-holiday dish return a special treat with a fun food gift! Fill with pasta & sauce, cake mix & frosting - whatever you like!

This year I’m also adding a new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth to each of my dish delivery food gifts.  I figured if I’m giving them the gift of food, I should probably give them a way to clean up too, right?

New Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth available at Kroger

I recently discovered the Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloth at Kroger.  It was kind of by accident; someone had left one on the shelf in the wrong area and it caught my eye.  Eventually I found their correct spot between the scrub brushes for the bathroom and the kitchen. When you look for them, also keep your eye out for the in-store clip strip that has an offer for $1.50 off 2-pack.

Cleaning with the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth

The scrubbing dots on the one side of the dish cloth allow you to take on tough messes in the sink and across a variety of surfaces. Plus you get non-scratch scrubbing power with the wiping and drying functions of a dish cloth. They are fully washable and reusable, and come in four colors: gray, navy, tan, and mint.

Cleaning with the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth

Don’t forget to get some for yourself! I used mine to wash the dishes before making my dish return trips, in addition to including them in my dish return packages.

Make post-holiday dish return a special treat with a fun food gift! Fill with pasta & sauce, cake mix & frosting - whatever you like!

What post-holiday cleaning inspiration do you have to share?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  One Response to “How to Make Post-Holiday Dish Return Fun & Easy”

  1. I really love this creative idea!! I often have dishes that family and friends leave behind and I know they would love it to be returned filling with more goodies! {client}

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