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Friday Find :: Inexpensive Chinese Soup Spoons

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A few years ago I wanted to serve individual bite-size appetizers in porcelain Chinese-style soup spoons. I was hosting a cocktail party for 50 so I needed at least that many spoons. I hit the streets of Chinatown in NYC looking for inexpensive options. The least expensive porcelain spoons I could find were about $2 each. $100 worth of spoons seemed excessive. My husband also made the point about the chore of cleaning each spoon after the party, which is a valid point (especially after the mashed potato martinis I served one year; chiseling dried mashed taters off glass is NOT fun and I was not sober or motivated enough to start cleaning the glassware while the remnants were still fresh). I ended up skipping the porcelain soup spoon idea for that particular party. It's a much better idea for a dinner party appetizer for a dozen (or less) guests. Luckily there's no need to schlep to Chinatown to get a good deal on these spoons. CB2 is offering them for under a dollar per spoon. Soup's on!

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