Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tableware for Tots

Smaska 3 Piece Cutlery Set, $3.99, Ikea

I'm back from my blogging hiatus (its never too late to take a vacation, right)! Over the holidays I was remodeling and decorating my husbands new offices (that post is coming soon and the transformation is amazing).  Most all the furniture was purchased at Ikea and since its not like me to completely stay on task,  I was able to steal away to the childrens department for a few minutes.  I found so many cute (and inexpensive!) things.  My favorite find was the Smaska tableware collection.  A set of three plates is just $3.99, and the bowls are only $2.99 for three.

Everything about this set is perfect.  The sizing is just right, not too big but not too small.  The plates have high sides which makes it so much easier for younger children to scoop up food without it getting all over the table.  Best of all?  They are microwave safe!  Is it just me or have the rest of you noticed that so many childrens plates are not microwavable?  Why, why, why?  Has no one else heard of leftovers?  Is every other mothers food going fresh out of the oven onto the plates every single night? I hope not because if so I am doing something way wrong, and my children will have what to tell their therapists about me when they get older. Seriously though, I was using a paper plate to reheat leftovers and then transferring it onto the kids dishes.  A total waste, right?  An added bonus is the easy color coding for those of you that keep kosher: blue for dairy, orange meat, and green is parve. So simple.

I'm not gonna lie, I was a little nervous that my daughter might not like them since they didn't have Dora or Diego plastered everywhere, but actually this is her favorite tableware set so far.  Last night we did a color themed dinner.  I cant seem to remember who or where I stole this idea from but I didn't realize the genius of it until it was put into action.  We used the orange plate and bowl and and made an all orange dinner.  We had meatballs (okay not exactly orange, but cut up into the pasta they didn't stand out), pasta with marinara sauce that I lightened with a tiny bit of soy milk, mashed sweet potatoes (which we must call yams in our house or Ruth won't eat them, since she is adamant that she "doesn't like potatoes."), and orange juice.  She was so excited by the monochromatic color scheme that she ate everything without question!  This is a great idea for all the colors: yellow (mac and cheese or eggs, corn, apple juice, and a banana), red (hot dog, pasta, red peppers and apple slices), etc.

Kladd Prickar 2 pack bibs, $3.99,  Ikea


We also got the Kladd Prickarr bibs.  A 2 pack was just $3.99! These long sleeved bibs have been working out great for my little guy at supper time and my older one likes to use them for arts and crafts since they have a big pocket in front to hold crayons and markers.  I also picked up a bunch of great textiles on clearnace for $0.99/yard.  I'll show you what I'm going to use them for in a future post.  Glad to be back!

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