“ Brand: Asda / Type: Party Supplies „
It was my sisters 21st birthday at the beginning of January and half way through the month we threw her a party to celebrate, we did the catering between us so we needed platters to put food onto and I found these whilst getting the helium tank in Asda. Asda do a great range in their own Smartprice range and these were just one of the platters we got from here, the platters came in a pack of 3 and they cost £1.50 which makes them 50p each which I think is fantastic value. The platters don't come in much packaging just simply wrapped in cellophane and having a very simple white and green sticker on the front showing that they are from the Asda Smartprice brand and there are 3 in the pack. The platters are 15cms wide and about 35cms in length so they do hold a decent amount. The platters are silver in colour and they are slightly tapered around the edges to stop food falling off, there is not much detailing on the platters but then for the price and considering food just sits on them I can't see any reason for any more. The platters are quite thin but they easily held onto my Dads corned beef pie which is pretty heavy they are just best carried from underneath to give them some added strength. The platters are great as they are a decent price so you would probably be more than willing for them to go into the bin after your event however they actually wash very easily and we have put them away in the loft for our next occasion as it seemed a waste to bin them when there was nothing wrong with them. These platters are well worth the money and I would recommend them, they hold plenty but they are small enough that you could carry them around offering people food if you so wished and my husband used one at my sisters party for passing out birthday cake and it withstood being carried round and passed around tables well. I can't see any reason to pay more when platters like this are available.
@Smart Price Foil Platters@ Asda offer more expensive foil platters but the Smart Price platters are a purse friendly option. Basically, you get 4 foil platters which are simply packaged in a clear wrapper with the familiar Smart Price green and white label on the front. The platters are approx 35cm in length and around 15cm in width. A pack of 4 platters can be bought in store or from www.asda.com. They are priced at £1.50. The more expensive platters are £3.25 for a pack of 2. @My Thoughts@ When it comes to preparing a buffet, I would much rather buy disposable plates and platters for the food to sit on. This saves time when it comes to doing the washing up! I started off buying the foil platters from my local Poundland but when I needed them on the last two occasions, they were out of stock. I headed to Asda and purchased the Smart Price platters. These platters are a bargain price and look decent enough. They are silver in colour, shiny and simply a smooth oval shape. The middle part of the platter is slightly raised and the outer 'border' is indented which makes carrying them very easy. These platters aren't the thickest so cannot really be overloaded with heavy food unless you do not plan on moving them! They are a good size for a small buffet. I have used these on two occasions now. The first being my sons birthday last year. I was due to have 25 guests for the birthday boys tea party. The second occasion was for our Halloween party last year. I found 4 platters to be more than enough for each party as I only used them for presenting certain food. Crisps, sweets and salads were presented in bowls. The platters did look lovely when filled up with food and appeared to be secure and stable as I carried them from the kitchen to the living room when the food was already on them. Warm food didn't cause any greasy residue to pass through the foil which I appreciated. These platters are very versatile. I used them for displaying sandwiches and could fit two rows of triangular sandwiches along each platter - very neat and tidy with room around the edges still. I also chose to use the platters for warm sausage rolls (I could fit around 50 or so on and still have plenty of room left), cupcakes and slices of meat and tomato. They were also ideal for the mound of nibbles my Mum had prepared (cocktail stick with sausage, cheese cubes and onions). These platters are also ideal for pakora and other warm foods. @Conclusion@ I can't really fault the quality of these platters given the price. They are stronger than they look and are excellent for a party at home - I would recommend something a bit fancier and stronger if having a party in a hall or pub. I prepared most of the food the morning of my sons party and wrapped the platters in tin foil and cling film. I disposed off these after using them (they fold down neatly to be put in the bin) but they could be washed over and re-used should you want to. Overall these are a worthwhile purchase and one which I will happily make again in the near future! Thanks for reading x