FOOD + DRINK, TABLEWARE | September 13, 2008

Seven Plates Designed to Mingle at Cocktails Parties

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If you host often cocktail parties, your guests will thank you if you get plates designed to simultaneously hold food and cradle a wine glass. Something called mingle plates (or mingling plates), they are certainly the best invention for cocktail parties.

I presented you several models in the past. It seems reasonable to see if there were more options on the market.

My New Finds

The Wine Glass Plate Clip is probably more versatile because it works with our own china. These wine glass holders are made of brushed stainless steel with rubber inner surfaces to grip plates without scratching.

The clear plastic 8-inch square Wine Buffet Plate comes with a built-in stemmed glass holder. They are dishwasher safe when put on the top rack. They also sell for less the Wine ‘n Dine that I found in the past at Wrapables.

I found three wood tray models. The two rectangular models are quite similar except that one is made of cherry and the other of maple.

My Past Favorites

I presented it before but I still like the Wine ‘n Dine set. The assorted color touches let your guests quickly identify their plates and their wine glasses. This clear acrylic set is dishwasher safe.

The d’glas Mingle Plate works with wine glasses and non-stem glassware. It is more versatile this way. It is really done for tapas.

SOURCING:
+ Stainless Steel Wine Glass Plate Clips – price: $19.99 for 6 clips
+ Clear Plastic Wine Buffet Plates – price: $36 for 18 plates
+ Wine and Dine Oblong Appetizer Trays – price: $25 for 4 plates
+ J.K. Adams WD-RECT Wine and Dine Cherry Wood Appetizer Plate – price: $30 for 4
+ Wine ‘n Dine plates with wine glasses – price: Sale $18.75 for 6
+ d’glas mingle plates – price: $23.90 for 6
+ Wine and Dine at Crate and Barrel – price: $8.95
+ on AHWKV: Wooden and Porcelain Wine and Dine plates

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6 Responses to “Seven Plates Designed to Mingle at Cocktails Parties”

  1. We are just finishing our patio/pool renovations and the wine glass clips will be perfect for entertaining (just need to find them in Australia!) or get my Canadian friends to send them over

  2. 2 jello lee said:

    I found these great plastic ones (polypropylene or some biodegradable material) at a food & wine fest in SF. I unfortunately can’t seem to locate the exact ones but it’s very similar to this one in size and shape:
    http://www.alwaysbrilliant.com/aa/aspx-products/pid-0/pd-ud51597/bb/p.htm

    The one I used at the food & wine fest even has 2 little holes to hang your eating utensils. It also had a hole to hold the plate.

  3. 3 Jello Lee said:

    After some hard searching, I found the manufacturer of the best mingling plates I’ve used so far. They’re by Evans Manufacturing and they’re listed as party plates.

    The problem is that you have to order a rather large quantity but it could be your excuse to hold more cocktail parties! =) This item would be ideal for a corporate party as a company logo may be imprinted on them.

  4. The wine glass clips are a marvel at parties. My mom gave me some and they were a hit at my birthday party. It makes it easier to circulate with your food and drink and it frees your hand for indulging the food in your plate.

  5. 5 At Home with Kim Vallee said:

    Nathalie: It was your party I was referring to in my yearly review. I want my own set of wine glass clips since I tried it at your place.

  6. 6 Bridget Ryan said:

    Hi there
    I have 1000 blank plastic wine clips (to clip glasses to a tasting plate).
    Are you int’d?

    make me an offer, and they are yours!

    I live 1 hours north of Toronto

    Thanks
    Bridget bridgetryan@sympatico.ca 510.855.4562